What the Filipino people should stand for with the Reproductive Health bill issue?

The Philippine government's pursuing of the RH                         (Reproductive Health) bill's approval in congress is just another case of Church (Roman Catholic) versus State differing on a particular issue, dividing the nation into two: those who are in favor of and those who are against. The Church stands on moral grounds to preserve the sanctity of the human life while the government, on the other hand, believes it will be essential to protect its citizens from the outspread of STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) including HIV AIDS as well as a step to control the growing population that breeds poverty. Why can't we make it, then, from a Reproductive Health bill issue to Responsible Parenthood?

Reproductive Health Bill, according to Representative Edcel Lagman on his article published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer last August 3, 2008, "promotes information on and access to both natural and modern family planning methods, which are medically safe and legally permissible. It assures an enabling environment where women and couples have the freedom of informed choice on the mode of family planning they want to adopt based on their needs, personal convictions and religious beliefs. The bill does not have any bias for or against either natural or modern family planning. Both modes are contraceptive methods. Their common purpose is to prevent unwanted pregnancies."

The wealth of a nation is on its people and how the government brings out the best in them will determine on how much serious it is of its campaign. To control the population is anti-growth not less when, by so doing, the quality of each and every Filipino's life improves as a result of that. We understand the government's side as it surely is in line with progress it has envisioned for with its subjects but we can't also discount the fact that the Church will be there to safeguard the people from something that may corrupt the soul where the true poverty is.

The Church will have to play its role and the government as well implement policies to be embraced with by its constituents. Both have a goal in common: to improve the quality of every Filipino's life. But yet giving us all the freedom to choose on how it will be peacefully resolved and decided.


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