In Genesis 9:7, in the Bible stated that “And you, be ye fruitful, bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein”. Christianity speaking, that all people who believe in God should always follow His will and commands. Therefore, all people of God are mandated to create their own family and multiply. In the other hand, as the time running, population also increases. As a matter of fact, 4. 45 babies are born every second worldwide.
However, too much population on a certain country will lead in many implications such as problems to its people.
Over population is the number one cause why the country is poor. According to the National Statistics Office (NSO), Philippines have a total estimated population of 103, 735, 002 as of 2012. Due to this matter, some of our legislator, in the House of Representative, find that it is the most common issue that our country today. That’s why Reproductive Health Bill or RH Bill was created.
As cited in the blog posted about the RH BILL by mhlannie.
“What is RH BILL is All About” at mhlannie-whatisrhbillisallabout. blogspot, Jun 21, 2011: “The Reproductive Health bills, or popularly known as RH bill, are Philippine Bills aiming to guarantee universal access to methods and information on birth control and maternal care. It is a way of helping people to be more advance, well prepared, and to widen up each and every individuals mind setting about our society nowadays.
There is this top agreement about its provisions on maternal and child health care, there is great debate on its proposal that we taxpayer and the private sector will fund and undertake widespread distribution of family planning devices such as birth control pills (BCPs) and IUDs, and as the government continue campaigning to broadcast a good informations and effect on its use through health care centers nationwide. ” RH BILL in the Philippines which guarantees universal access to methods on contraception, fertility control, sexual education, and maternal care.
There is great debate on its moderate that the Philippine government and the private sector will find and undertake widespread distribution of family planning devices such as condoms, birth control pills and IUD’s, as the government continues to disseminate information on their use through all care centers. The RH bill is one of the major issue that our country facing today. People decision is separated into two sides – the pros and anti. Some people wants the RH BILL to be implemented in the sense that it could help in preventing sexually transmitted disease (STD), AIDS/HIV, and unwanted pregnancy.
It can also help to decrease the growing population of the Philippines because many people especially married couples can avail contraceptives and birth control pills freely by the help of the government. It also talks about free choice given to people on the use of reproductive health services and products, enabling the people, especially the poor to have the number of children they want and can care for. However, the one that strongly disagree about on the said bill is the church and the persons who believe in God. We all know that Philippines is a Christian country because about 93% of its total population are Christians.
It is widely believed by Christians that the Scripture where the doctrines and teachings were based upon is infallible. As mention in wiki. answer. com by a concerned citizen, Liza Manalod (Christian): “It should not be passed in the Congress and in the Senate as a law. It is UNCONSTITUTIONAL! Very pertinent to the debate about reproductive rights is the primacy of the right to life. The Philippine Constitution says that the State “shall equally protect the life of the mother and the life of the unborn from conception. Artificial contraceptives are abortifacient, that is, they prevent the implantation of a newly conceived baby into the mother’s womb, as one of their mechanisms of action. ” . The senate is one of the affected parties in the RH Bill implementation. To be specific, the Senate President, Juan Ponce Enrile is firmly against the said bill. Who can stand against Manong Johnny?
Even the Aquino Administration is being affected by Enrile’s justification of his side. According to Enrile, the bill pretty much involves many aspects that affect the country, e. g. security, politics, economics and religion. He also reiterated that he’s confused if his perception about the RH Bill is correct. As for him, what the bill says is it’s better to kill of prevent the birth of people than to bring them into being. Because of this, Manong Johnny firmly said that he’s against the RH Bill and that there is no question about his side. The problem is should the RH BILL be law? If it will be approved as a law, what will be it’s effects on our government, to the youth, to the church and most especially to the economic growth of our country? They want us to accept from Congress what is contrary to our faith. They ask Catholics to show tolerance for their belief or non-belief, but they show complete non-tolerance for our Catholic belief. ” – Former Senator Francisco Tatad stated. When RH Bill was passed in the senate, the first reaction done was by the faith defenders of our country particularly the Catholic church. The word immoral is used to describe a behavior not in conformity with accepted standards or principles; wicked; and lewd.
This is how the Catholic Church see the controversial “Reproductive Health and Population Development Bill” or RH Bill that is still being debated at the Lower House of Representatives. The church stated that it is against Gods order. The Philippine Catholic Church continued to urge Filipinos to ignore the provisions of the the bill, once it passes the law. Bishop says church to preach : “If you are given contraceptives, do not use them” What are the effects of RH bill to the economic growth of the country? Rh bill or long-term investment as the government officials call it has short-term pains but long-term gains. MANILA, Philippines – The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) believes passing the reproductive health (RH) bill will save the government funds and help bring in sustainable and inclusive economic growth. In a briefing on Monday, December 3, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan, also the NEDA chief, told reporters that investing in reproductive health will give the government more room to address the needs of the poor in the the long-term. Balisacan said the impact of passing the RH Bill now will not be immediately felt but the impact will be significant in the next 10 or 20 years.
He said the RH bill represents a long-term investment for the government that will ensure the future of the next generation. ” As this being said it is being implied that passing RH bill as a law wouldn’t only save people from committing inhuman sins but it would also save our humble country from being drowned in debts. And with less number of children, families can better invest in the education and health of their children. (Wikipedia) The past weeks of final examinations seem to have overexcited my neurons and had pushed me to be especially fertile and productive in the literal sense.
The analysis offered by Armando Doronila in the Philippine Daily Inquirer (“The RH Bill Debacle”, December 20, 2012 issue) has piqued my curiosity and has set my thinking gears turning. It’s strange to note that precisely in a time when everything seems to settle down for a well-earned respite from intellectual work after the exams, the brain starts to function. The Doronila’s article provides an analysis concerning the outcome of the recent debate on the Reproductive Health (or otherwise, Responsible Parenthood) bill, which I think would be remembered in Philippine contemporary history as one of the most divisive in society.
Centering on the clash between the Catholic Church and the bill’s proponents in the legislature, not only does it recount the facts about the final stages of the debate, but in order to reinforce the author’s point concerning the ideological conflict between both, Doronila goes back in history, and points out the actuation of both parties in the debate concerning the legislation allowing for the compulsory reading of Rizal’s Noli and Fili in Philippine schools way back in the late 1950’s.
In this debate, the Church (vehement against its application in the Philippine educational system) lost the debate, and the novels became part of the school curriculum. But as Sen. Joker Arroyo mentioned in his intervention during the Senate voting on the RH bill, in this 1956 debate, nobody lost face, neither the Church nor the politicians who sponsored the bill. Doronila also mentions another episode in which the Church took a crucial part, and this was in ousting Marcos from power, effectively ending a twenty-year old regime.
Here, the memorable role of the late Cardinal Sin was crucial in calling all Filipinos to the streets, a decision which was not done in the spur of the moment, but something that was taken after intense hours of prayer. Referring to this episode, the author of the article concludes that “in this role, Church intervention in state affairs was at its best and most welcomed by the Filipino people. It was the height of the influence and power of the Church in the development of democracy”.
He goes on, winding up a rather insightful analysis, commenting on the fact that since then, the Church’s influence has waned, and could not be regained by interventions related to population and its implications related to economic growth and poverty. Doronila begins with what amounts to a general assumption: “the Roman Catholic Church suffered its most crushing defeat in its collision with the Philippine state in 13 years when Congress decisively voted on Monday to pass the Malacañang-certified reproductive health bill providing government funding for contraceptives and sex education in schools. I would say that this could be taken as an apparent assumption, and this could be interpreted in many ways, depending on the perspective from which one may prefer to look at it. Basically this was one statement that set me thinking. Certainly the votes of the anti-Rh legislators, backed by the bishops and the Catholic laity, were outnumbered by a comfortable margin by the pro-RH camp and the bill’s authors. Tactically, numerically and apparently, the outcome transformed the parties in the debate, turning it from a debate between pros and antis into one between the gleefully victorious and the defeated.
The day the results were officially made known to the public, placing the bill one step ahead into legality, many people expressed their dismay and their sadness on the outcome. Both news reached me as I surveyed the world in the internet. I guess the latter’s expressions of sadness and dismay personally irritated me more than the victory of the Pro-RH camp in the bicameral votations. The day the results went out, I didn’t have that sense of defeat, personally because it don’t see it as such.
To express it more exactly, the legislators contrary to the bill lost in the votation; they may have been on the same side that the Catholic Church was championing, but it was the anti-RH votes that lost (as a parenthesis, I congratulate these legislators for being heroic in standing their ground, as much as I respect the rest of the other legislators in the other camp). I don’t feel that there should be talk of the Catholic Church being defeated as yet, for the simple reason that the law still has to prove itself capable of bringing what it was supposed to bring on. It’s too premature to celebrate.
I would grant victory to the supporters of the RH bill as a law if it has indeed been able to make true its provisions, and has uplifted the poor, helped in defending the rights of women, and aided in the true education of the youth. But the mere fact of it’s being passed into law is no guarantee that it will work. I’m not saying that it won’t work, it could be effective…but as the Holy Writ would express it, it would only be through the fruits that we would be able to see the true victory of this bill once enacted into law, and this will not happen at the spur of the moment.
I don’t think the Church has suffered a crushing defeat; a setback in its hold and influence (as the Inquirer would put it) perhaps, but a humiliated Church, I don’t think so. In the academic jests that we would throw at each other in the residence where I live in, we would debate upon the excellence of our fields: Canon lawyers would pit themselves jokingly against dogmatic theologians, moralists against philosophers, each saying their field is better and the studying the rest is an absolute waste of time.
One day they turned to me, the only historian in the residence (there aren’t much of us in the Faculty of Theology, there are only about six of us, and I’m the lone Filipino) and asked me in jest concerning any importance my field would have. I replied smugly, “I don’t need to answer that question. I just have to direct you to the fact that chapter one in all of your respective textbooks would talk about the history of your specializations. Go and deduce the answer for yourselves. We historians cannot enter into your debates; transcending such conflicts, we have the duty to be observers of everything that takes place in time and space”.
Verbatim. I suppose I felt like Buddha or some oriental sage, because my companions backed a hasty retreat and went for another companion. There is a lot to be learned in history, and in a way, it gives you a perspective that helps orient things, and it is only when things are in place could one be at peace. The outcome of the RH bill debate, its impact on the Church and upon its public image in Philippine society, and the analysis afforded by Doronila brings be back to the case of the Protestant Reformation. The Reform wrought by Luther had huge consequences in European history.
It was a tragic episode with respect to the history of European unity, as with the Reform movement, that millenary political, cultural and religious unity termed as Christendom was irreparable shattered. The revolution instigated by Luther’s defiance to authority, no matter how corrupt, started a long period of wars, which culminated in the rise of modern states, each with its own handling of religion. Far from being a principle of unity, it shattered it. For the Church, the Reform brought heavy consequences.
It was a huge blow, and perhaps historically, it was the greatest crisis that the Catholic Church had ever faced since the Great Schism in the fifteenth century, since it constituted a scandalously huge internet within the Church itself, termed by saints and intellectuals as that “seamless robe of Christ”, which the Protestant Reform had torn apart. The Catholic Church was down, evidently…but that painful episode brought immediately brought forth one of the greatest moments of splendor that the Church has ever had in terms of art, intellectual science, administration, and most important of all, sanctity.
The succeeding period brought forth a rich harvest of examples of lives that mirrored the holiness and the love of God. above everything, this is the victory that crowns them all. The seventeenth century, heir of the woes of it turbulent predecessor, was a moment of unparalleled glory in many aspects of the Church’s life. I don’t feel defeated in any way, nor do I think that the Church in the Philippines should feel otherwise…aside from the reasons that I’ve expressed above, whatever low moments we may find ourselves in, the Church must always see as opportunities to rise.
To feel sad at an apparent setback is an error which the Catholic Church in the Philippines does not have the luxury to commit at this point in time. Her critics and detractors are right when they say that this marks a new period for the Church, and they are equally right when they say that it is time for a humbler Church. I think that it is time for the Church in the Philippines to let go of any triumphalist tendency that it may have inherited from its prestigious past. It is a triumphalism that we have inherited from the times when bishops and priests, religious and wealthy lay people were the Church.
This triumphalism has given birth to a certain clericalism that does not speak true of the Gospel of Christ in contemporary Filipino society. True, the people don’t listen anymore to bishops and priests pontificating in their pulpits. But they cannot resist in listening to Christ, who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. People have that erroneous image of the Church as being merely the bishops and the priests and religious. No, they are not the Church. The lay people in themselves aren’t the Church either. We may sometimes have forgotten that the Church is neither of these.
The Church is of God, Christ is its head, and only if we let this word of Christ shine more brilliantly in the foreground, with us priests and bishops and lay people forming the mere background, wouldn’t the people listen more? The RH Bill debates have merely set, with respect for the Church, the fertile ground upon which to grow stronger, by allowing it to see that its force is not in the numbers that it muster, but in the Truth that it needs to proclaim. For it to proclaim it as such, it needs to humble. Yes, humble, but not humiliated, as the Church’s detractors would have her.
A humble Church in the Philippines will speak out all the more, forcefully than ever. A Church that does not base her power in a system of privilege, but on the Gospel of Life, a Church that is prophetic in its denunciation of evil, and active in works of charity, charity which is the only force that can uplift the Filipino, especially the poor, the women, and the youth. This is the Church that we are called to be with the help of God’s grace, one which our country needs. And I believe optimistically, that the odds are helping us in achieving that.
Perhaps now you may understand why I don’t think of it as a defeat. (www. fightrhbill. blogspot. com) “They want us to accept from Congress what is contrary to our faith. They ask Catholics to show tolerance for their belief or non-belief, but they show complete non-tolerance for our Catholic belief. ” – FORMER SENATOR, FRANCISCO TATAD Philippine Reproductive Health Bill Passed on Third and Final Reading December 18, 2012 Philippine Reproductive Health Bill Passed on Third and Final Reading in Congress and Senate
On December 17, after almost 14 years of discussion and debate, the reproductive health bill (the RH bill) was passed during its third and final reading in the House of Representatives, with a vote of 133 in favor and 79 against, and in the Senate, with a vote of 13 in favor and 8 against. Philippine President Benigno Aquino had designated passing the RH bill an urgent matter and called on Congress to vote on it before Christmas, prompting late-night congressional sessions that led to the passage of the bill.
The bicameral conference committee is now set to consolidate the two versions of the bill, and then both chambers of Congress will need to ratify the consolidated version before it goes before the President for his final signature. The World Youth Alliance laments the passage of the RH bill. For over four years, WYA has opposed the bill because it relies on the false premise that a government-run population management program is necessary for development. It also lacks adequate protections for freedom of conscience, pays inadequate attention to maternal and child health, and does not reaffirm commitment to protecting the unborn.
The bill does not properly address the needs of Filipinos, who want measures to address sustainable development concerns that fully respect their cultures, religious beliefs, and values while promoting the health of mothers and children. As the bill takes effect and is implemented over the coming years, we will continue to work with those legislators and advocates who fought against the measure to push for long-term solutions that actually respect the rights of conscience of Filipino health care workers and that stimulate the innovation needed for sustainable development in the Philippines.
We will push for increased skilled birth attendants so that every mother has access to care during childbirth and maternal mortality drastically decreases. We will push for increased access to education so that every young person can be equipped with the knowledge and skills to recognize his or her own potential and to contribute to the development of our society and our economy. We will push for freedom of conscience for all Filipinos, allowing all to act according to the dictates of their own consciences and not to the commands of the government.
We call on young people in the Philippines to join us in this fight. We call on young people to be aware about issues related to the RH bill—population, development, and women’s health—and to continue to work together to safeguard our local communities from any threats to family and to human dignity. The passage of the bill and the years of debate leading up to it have shown us that our values and priorities as Filipinos continue to be threatened on different fronts.
Young people must take a more vigilant and active role in monitoring the implementation of the bill in the next few years and in directing its impact on society, aiming to prevent the violation of dignity that the bill’s provisions threaten to do. The World Youth Alliance would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people, especially the legislators, who selflessly devoted their time, talent and treasure to fighting a bill that does not adequately provide for the needs of Filipinos.
The journey is not over, as we continue to work toward improving the health and education opportunities of Filipinos. We invite you to join us at WYA as we aim to improve the lives of our fellow Filipinos—and people around the world—through promoting the dignity of the human person and through educating youth about positive solutions to the problems facing our world, such as sustainable development, maternal and child health, and access to education and employment.
Take stand on RH bill, Catholic educators told Read more: http://newsinfo. inquirer. net/260386/take-stand-on-rh-bill-catholic-educators-told#ixzz2NKd0Qt98 Follow us: @inquirerdotnet on Twitter | inquirerdotnet on Facebook An official of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP), the biggest network of Catholic schools in the country, on Wednesday said Catholic educators should take a stand on the RH bill to promote a more rational discussion of the controversial measure.
Catholic universities should encourage their teachers to make “conscience statements” like that made by 192 Ateneo de Manila University professors who came out in support of the RH bill contrary to the church hierarchy’s stand, said Fr. Joel Tabora SJ, president of Ateneo de Davao University who chairs CEAP’s national advocacy commission. “I would hope that all universities could encourage people to come up with conscience statements like that so that there can be more rationality and more discussion on the RH bill issue,” Tabora said. In the context of a Catholic university, this is something that should be considered normal. When people come up with a position, calling forth the position of others, it’s what in a sense a Catholic university is about,” he said. Opposing RH At a news conference to kick off the CEAP’s three-day national convention, Tabora stressed that Catholic schools are with the bishops in opposing provisions of the RH bill that promote contraceptives and compel Catholics to act against their religious beliefs.
He said Catholic universities “remain faithful” to their mandate to uphold Catholic teachings even as they are also after “sincere rational discussion of civil order in society. ” But stopping discussions on the RH bill will “kill the Catholic university” and “hurt the Church,” Tabora said. “It’s the mandate of the Catholic university. And if you stop the discussion in the university, you kill the Catholic university, you hurt the Church. In a Catholic university you search for truth,” he said. Church line
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) denounced the Ateneo professors’ stand and warned other Catholic schools to toe the church line. Ateneo president Fr. Jose Ramon Villarin assured the bishops that the university was opposed to the RH bill. At the same CEAP news conference, Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas said the CBCP is not after imposing sanctions on pro-RH bill educators in Catholic schools. “We bishops are not trigger-happy with imposing penalties because … we are first fathers who need to guide and to correct.
When there is error that is happening in any section of the people of God, the first thing that we do is to dialogue,” he said. CBCP officials will be meeting next week to discuss “academic concerns” related to the RH bill during the CBCP’s quarterly permanent council meeting in Manila on September 4. Meanwhile, the minority bloc in the House of Representatives on Wednesday accused the majority bloc of “delaying omnibus referrals of outstanding bills by the rules committee unless and until the discussions of the RH bill are reopened. “It is unacceptable to us that important legislation will be held hostage to any single bill, no matter how important it might be to the administration,” said Minority Leader Danilo Suarez reading from a statement.
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