5. “11 Women Die Daily of Childbirth”
Until now, no pro-RH person has been able to explain exactly how this number was calculated. We know how those numbers were calculated, and it uses a method more appropriately termed “gobbledygook” plus a “multiplier” that is based on more gobbledygook. If you’re going to comment on this, show us the numbers please.
4. “Some mothers do not have the education / intelligence nor time to grasp the complexities of Natural Family Planning Method.”
More gobbledygook. Not only is this untrue, it’s condescending. NFP is very easy to teach and follow, AND even women with irregular periods can use it successfully. Ask Risa Hontiveros why she practiced NFP. Ask Lea Salonga why she practiced NFP. NFP is no harder to learn than it is to learn how to take the pill properly. And, you neither put yourself (if you’re a woman) nor your spouse (if you’re a man) in unnecessary danger by pumping artificial hormones into your/her body. Here’s another factoid: it’s more the intellectuals that scoff at NFP — they actually think it’s too easy and can’t possibly work. NFP instructors have found time and time again that it’s the simple folk that get it right away. Why? Because NFP is so simple it’s almost crazy.
3. “Teens get their sex education nowadays through the internet by watching porn, reading online materials etc.”
If what we’re avoiding is value-less sex education, then why would we let the government take over this very important task that is actually the parents’ job?
Have you actually seen what’s in the sex education manuals? Since it’s basically “do what makes you feel good”, how is that any different from watching porn and reading online materials? The ONLY reason the RH bill would be BETTER than sex education online/porn is if it were RADICALLY DIFFERENT and DIAMETRICALLY OPPOSED to what’s out there, if it were actually INFUSED with virtue and value, not just “wear a condom and be done with it” or “masturbation/self-satisfaction is normal behavior”. If you’re talking about the biological aspects of sex education, you needn’t worry. People since the time of Adam and Eve have known how to reproduce, sex education notwithstanding.
2. “No matter how hard you scoff at it, teens as early as age 13 and even younger are already having premarital sex regardless of the teachings of the church.”
This falls under the category of “they’re going to do it anyway, might as well legalize it”. If this were the reasoning behind every compulsive behavior out there, murder would be legalized as well. Hey, people are going to do it anyway regardless of the teachings of the church! Don’t sell our youth short. Don’t sell them the lie that they’re simply animals who can’t control their impulses. There was a time self-control was considered a virtue to cultivate. Come on. Our youth are worth more than that, and our youth are capable of so much more than you give them credit for. Who’s the more empowered youth, the one who says, “I can’t control myself” or the one who says, “I’m worth the wait”?
1. There are thousands of mothers (I’ve encountered some of them personally) who have no money to pay for government hospital fees (2,000 php and below, seriously) and yet have a newborn in her arms plus 5 more children at home to feed, clothe and provide education.
So give them what they really need…. food, clothing, shelter, education, and JOBS. What good would contraceptives do if at the end of the day, the head of the household can’t provide food on the table? Add to that additional worries about contraceptive side effects etc and how is that exactly helping the plight of the poor? The only real reason poverty exists is because the government hasn’t done its job. Same thing with prostitution for that matter — it’s a major symptom of corruption. Guess who said that? Benigno Aquino Jr., the current President’s father.