The Negative Impact of Reproductive Health bill to the Filipinos The Philippines is facing again a very serious issue that affects moral values and its culture. This is really a very serious issue and could really change the life of every Filipino, Issue pertaining to Reproductive Health Bill. Many Filipinos are very naive about this and most probably has no idea of what possible effects that could destroy our true Filipino morality with the concern of reproduction and sex.
Religious groups and organizations opposed this bill, and so with the few concervative Filipinos, but for those whose minds were twisted by only on politics and business, they thought that to reduce poverty is through population control.
Believing that the country’s resources can now be segregated evenly to the country’s population. Later in our discussion we will talk about the future effects of this bill. Here is a very strong opposing statement to the Bill by one of the top politicians in the country, Francisco S.
Tatad – THE REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH bill in the House of Representatives is being presented as a health bill and an antipoverty bill at the same time. It is neither. It is not what its authors say it is; it is everything they say it is not. It is an ideological attack on human life, the family, and our social and cultural values. The bill rests on a flawed premise; it is unnecessary, unconstitutional, oppressive of religious belief and destructive of public morals and family values. Its enactment into law will only deepen the already frightening ignorance about the real issues.
It should be rejected. ” The religious sectors are not only the ones opposing the bill but some intellectuals who viewed the bill as an attack to the Filipino morals. But you may ask what is in the Bill that you may think is immoral? Well if you are done reading it, now let us talk! If you are a kind person who consider religion and morality as just few “things” that colors the life, then for sure you did not value it much and you may be one of those western type of people that think science and commerce and technology and etc.. as the solutions for poverty.
But if you are a person who valued God’s given system for life and its proper way to obtain a wonderful life now and in the future, then you may be affected a lot to that reproductive health bill. The author of the Bill stated the following objectives: * To uphold and promote respect for life, informed choice, birth spacing and responsible parenthood in conformity with internationally recognized human rights standards. * To guarantee universal access to medically-safe, legal and quality reproductive health care services and relevant information even as it prioritizes the needs of women and children.
It thus really sound good, The Bill as most intellectuals would say is designed to protect the rights of the women, medical people in the maternity duty, promoting family and educating the youth for safe sex ( starting from Grade 5 – 10 to 11 year old kids) and be responsible in life, with all of these for 3 main goals —- Anti-poverty, population control, AIDS(HIV) prevention. I may say a great cover up. Now lets go to the Negative impact of this Bill! 1. If the Bill will be approved then we are permitting the people of the program to tell our young kids about condoms, pills and ways to prevent pregnancy. . If the Bill will be approved then we are opening the minds of our children that sex is something to try.
Even they are not that ready for it. And because they are thought how to use condoms, then curiousity would force them to sex. 3. Because their minds are now tainted with sex education, the respect of having sex to the right girl or the right guy for the right time would be abolished. Probably raped cases would increase. 4. Sex should be discussed by home by the parents not through government programs, approving this bill affects the right of the parents in teaching their young ones about morality. 5.
If the Bill will be approved, HIV cases would increase! There is no such thing in this world as Safe condoms ( they might advertise it as safe, then why they dont have COMMERCIALS of using their condoms with an AIDS VICTIM). In Thailand, when they started to have a bill regarding sex education and birth control, their HIV cases increasing and so with other countries. Why? Sex is Holy and be respected, when you educate people about it and with condoms….. They will try it and want it so badly, believing condoms would protect them. 6. If the Bill will be approved, you cannot expect that your daughter will be still a virgin at the age of 15.
The bill sounds good, but they’re educated about sex and believing that sex is no holy and be respected anymore, but consider it as a wonderful part of the body. 7. If the Bill will be approved, Prostitution will increase! 8. If the Bill will be approved, it will be rear to find a virgin and concervative girl to become your wife. Like in America and in Europe that there is no such girl who is 18 and still a virgin. 9. Filipinos are concervative in nature, If our country will become less concervative because of the Bill, thus it affects our culture and our way of showing respect to the women. 0.
Filipinos by nature is a solid christian and a believer to Gods way of giving new life, we all want the natural way, God’s way. But with this bill it probably could change our faith There are negative effects possible with all methods of birth control. Failure to prevent pregnancy is one possible negative effect of all birth control methods, including natural methods; however, artificial birth control methods have other negative effects associated with them. Birth Control Pills, Injections and Patches Birth control pills, injections and patches are hormonal birth control options.
The common side effects of these are all similar. Increased acne, weight gain, depression, spotting between periods, loss of libido, vaginal infections and nausea/vomiting are all possible side effects of hormonal birth control methods. Serious side effects include blood clots, a possible increased risk of cervical cancer, heart attacks and strokes. Help for Lichen Sclerosis Natural Ointment has Reduced Lichen Sclerosis Symptoms www. perrinskinblends. com Sponsored Links Condoms, Cervical Cap, Diaphragm, Spermicides, Sponges
Condoms, cervical caps, diaphragms, spermicides and sponges are barrier methods of birth control. Side effects of these include an allergic reaction to the materials used in the products and irritation while using the products. In some cases, toxic shock syndrome may occur, especially if the products aren’t removed immediately after use. The spermicide frequently used, nonoxynol-9, may increase the risk of contracting HIV, according to the World Health Organization. Diaphragms and cervical caps may make a woman more susceptible to urinary tract infections. Vaginal Rings and IUDs
Vaginal rings and intrauterine devices (IUDs) increase a woman’s chance of developing vaginitis. Severe bleeding and cramping, uterine perforation and pain after insertion can be side effects of IUDs. Sterilization Female and male sterilization both have a risk of pain and/or regret after the surgery. A female who has a tubal ligation faces the risk of complications with the anesthesia used for the surgery. There is also a risk of an ectopic pregnancy if the surgery fails to work properly. Emergency Contraception Emergency contraception is used to prevent an unwanted pregnancy after having unprotected sex.
The side effects of emergency contraception usually abate within a day after the last dose is taken. Nausea, vomiting, breast tenderness and fatigue are all possible side effects of this type of birth control. The U. S. National Institutes of Health also lists abdominal pain as a side effect. The most serious side effect associated with the birth-control pill is a greater chance of blood clots, stroke, and heart attack. Other serious side-effects are worsening of migraine headaches, gall bladder disease,increase in blood pressure, and an extremely rare liver tumor.
Some birth-control pills may cause changes in the levels of fatty substances in theblood. The long-term consequences of these changes are not known. Problems caused by Estrogen component Nausea Breast swelling & tenderness Vaginal discharge High blood pressure Decreased libido (sex drive) Headaches Mood swings Fluid retention Permanent dark patches on face Drug interaction problems Eye or vision problems Gallbladder disease Embolism (rare)Heart attack (rare)Stroke (rare)Breast tumor growth (rare) Contraceptive Injection (MedroxyprogesteroneAcetate) By a leading brand name manufacturer Possible Side Effects
Dizziness Breast tenderness Acne Fatigue Nausea Bloating and/or weight gain Headaches Stomach pain, cramps, or bloating Weight changes Depression Nervousness Decreased sex drive Menstrual changes, such as missed periods or irregulator unpredictable bleeding or spotting Occasional excessive or prolonged periods Change in hair growth (no hair growth or hair loss)Bone mineral changes (may increase risk of osteoporosis) Hormonal – Non-Hormonal Methods Intrauterine Devices (IUDs): Possible Side Effects with the IUD Progestin-releasing IUDs may cause: Mood swings Acne Headache Breast tenderness Nausea Non-hormonal (Copper T) IUDs may cause:
More cramping Heavier periods Increased risk of pelvic infection Surgical Sterilization Possible Side Effects of Sterilization Some women may experience pain at the surgical site. Possible risk of ectopic (tubal) pregnancy. Some men may experience tenderness or swelling of the testicles . Psychological reactions are possible, including regret. RH bill is amoral There is a difference between the terms amoral and immoral. “Amoral” means the inability to know the difference between right and wrong while immoral goes against the tenets of the society. Below are some reasons why this is amoral. 3. 1. It makes the purpose of sex vague.
Why people have sex? Pleasure? Medium to express love? To make children? People have different opinions regarding this question. And I respect that. For me, RH bill is amoral because it makes people confuse which act is good or bad. I just remember my conversation with our janitor- Ka Oca during one of our lunch breaks. I asked him, “Sir, Oca. If I were to give you condom, will you use it? ” Sir Oca’s answer was, “It depends. If I will have to make sex with other women, of course I will use condom. But if I have to make love with my wife, I will not. ” I asked him again why he will not use it to his wife.
And his answer was, “Because I am confident that my wife is clean. ” You see. My point is, giving out free condoms creates amorality. Because people learns to like what they think is good for them and to dislike what is they think bad for them. Is this the choice we want? How can we be free to do something that is wrong from the beginning? I just do not understand it: people promotes condom so that they may not get STDs. But how come Sir Oca thought that he will be using condom to other women but not to his wife? Was using condom makes men 100% safe from STDs or women from getting pregnant?
I think, this bill further promotes adultery, concubinage, dishonesty and disloyalty. By giving out condom, we are opening ideas for our men to use it- not to their wives but for other women. And another point, I asked Sir Oca, “Aside from you are sure your wife is clean, why you would not use condom during your make love? ” And his answer was simple. “Hassle. Condom is rubber. It lessens pleasure. ” You see. We are so altruistic about giving out free condoms. We are so concerned about over population. About people getting STDs. But, are we really sure if these condoms will be used every time they make sex?
Because we are so generous, how many times will we provide our men these free condoms? Once a week? Twice a week? Three times a day? I remember this joke during one of our class lectures. Community organizers (CO) gave free condoms to this rural area. The organizers were so concern about deforestation and over population; because people were poor and have no other source of income ,they tend to cut trees just to sustain their living. So, to save the trees, flora and fauna of the place, they have given out free seminars about family planning. After some time, COs got the result, their study showed that women were still getting pregnant!
Worried and somehow frustrated, one of the COs asked one of the men: “Did you not learn anything from us? ” The man said, “About what? About using condom? I thought this condom should be placed on my finger while having sex with my wife! ” You see. It’s just the same as in teaching sex education to our children especially during their crucial years of growing up. Instead of letting teachers discuss about the birds and the bees openly with their other classmates, why not parents do so? Isn’t children will learn better with 1:1 ratio than 1:50 (teacher:students)?
Also, RH bill promotes amorality because it confuses children from right and wrong. Are we going to teach them that it is OK to have sex but be sure to wear condom? If I will be a parent some day, of course, I will not allow my children to learn about sex at their very young age! Why grade 5? Why not high school? Also, by doing so, it destroys the essence or purpose of sex. Before, I remember my mom told me that it is improper for men to touch any part of my body not until he becomes my husband. But now, we are going to teach them that these things are normal, proper and usual thing to do as long as we care or love the other person?
Or just feel the want to do it just to satisfy one’s desire? Sigh. 3. 2. It pushes reproductive health to become “right” but to whose rights’ expense? The big question here is- who is going to pay the price? We protect the rights of the poor but we are compromising the rights of the health and medical sectors as well as the employers. I have few more questions: Is it right to protect the rights of the poor? But, is it right to increase our taxes so that we may provide these poor their reproductive health rights? Is it right to compel our employers to pay for our FREE healthcare services?
But, is it also right to imprison them and fine them for not able to comply with the law because their fund is insufficient? Is it right to protect women’s reproductive health rights by giving them more choices of family planning methods? But, is it also right if most of the companies will hire fewer women in their industry because they cannot comply with the law? 3. 3. It confuses people whether contraceptives are abortifacients or not. Whether using them prevents or encourages abortion. Whether these are medicines or causing diseases. In short, it confuses people whether the act of using contraceptives is right or wrong.
This time I am asking you a favor- to use the internet’s search engine and find yourself the effects of using contraceptives. I have done my research and found out that others who are using IUDs have become prone to yeast infection, lost sex drive, experience lower back pain, had heavier menstrual flow, acne break out, migraine, cramps, depression, mood swings, etc. The Church is against RH bill not ONLY because it is concerned in protecting women’s rights but also in preventing the future negative effects of these contraceptives on them if these were not strictly controlled and monitored.
The Church believes that contraceptives may cause, inflict or encourage abortion. It is normal for them to react on this issue because it is their duty to check and balance or to weigh things on matters that will affect the lives of the people especially affecting their moral values. On my opinion, I am glad that the Church is challenging this bill, because through this we are able to see different sides of the story; and eventually, we will learn, improve and produce better laws in the future. It claims as a panacea to issues like over population and poverty. Well, in fact, it gives promises and false hopes.
RH bill will not solve these problems. And over population is not the SOLE cause of poverty but only ONE of its FEW causes that needs to be addressed ALSO; Who am I to say that this bill is not the panacea to over population and poverty? I am just an ordinary citizen of this country, without any legislative or executive power to implement what is best for my people. But I spare you few more minutes of your time to further read my arguments based on LOGIC, EXPERIENCE and WISDOM I acquired from reading, hearing people’s opinions and basically knowledge I learned from the university- including law school.
I do volunteer works and I am actively serving the urban poor communities (where I also belong) by giving my time for them. For the past few years of organising people, I learned that poverty has many causes : 1. Macroeconomic issues 2. Unemployment issues 3. Unchecked population growth 4. Problems in the agriculture and forestry sector 5. Governance concerns 6. Armed conflict and 7. Disability. To further discuss these seven direct causes of poverty kindly read on: 4. 1. Macroeconomic issues
I am not an economist but I have subject about this and I learned that economic growth is important in determining or alleviating poverty; that poverty decreases when the growth rate of average family income is higher than the inflation rate. Our economy has not been high enough because of some mismanagement and other external shocks we experience (like El Nino, frequent typhoon visits, lack of investor confidence, etc). Also, it is because we are faced with fiscal deficit, public sector debt, poor investment climate since the Asian financial crisis, and gradual loss of international competitiveness. . 2. Unemployment issues I talk with people who were farmers and laborers and for them who have children, they see labor as an important asset of the poor. Like my uncle, who works in the rice field, his children were his assistants in managing their source of income. By experience and dealing with people from different walks of life, I learned that unemployment and underemployment determines poverty. For this country to alleviate poverty, jobs must be accessible! And must provide adequate income for every worker!
We cannot say that people who have more children are poorer because for them, their children are the ones who will give them source of income. The question here should be: what kind of job we will be employed and how much we will earn? A study conducted by ADB in the Philippines have shown that the basic problem of the poor is not so much lack of employment as the low incomes derived from employment. This has to do with both low wage rates and the phenomenon of underemployment (Source: Chapter 6: Causes of Poverty in thePhilippines, page 93). 4. 3. Unchecked population growth
You see, I recognise that population is also one of the causes of poverty. But I would like to quote ADB’s study about this issue: “The population (of the Philippines) is projected to reach 111 million by 2015. Population growth in and of itself is NOT a PROBLEM IF resources are available to COPE with the additional people requiring public services, employment, housing, and so on. But in a country where the budget is already stretched and where poverty is HIGH to BEGIN with, population growth BECOMES a MAJOR issue. ” (Check this link: 4. 4. Problems in the agriculture and forestry sector
We know that thePhilippinesis an agricultural sector but again the irony is: the farmers who produce our food were the poorest. In this country, the agriculture and forestry sector are overlooked. The promises of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) and the land reform agendas that have been adopted by successive administrations, not much has been achieved. The land ownership was still concentrated on the hands of the few elites.
There is rampant forest degradation, denudation and ecological imbalance. If the land that is the source of food and our resources are mismanaged, how do we expect this country to become rich? . 5. Governance concerns In 1986, we ousted a dictator because we want democracy- freedom to choose what is best for our people. Over the years, there are still senses of disappointments over our leaders in their ability to address the needs of the society especially the poor. Corruption increases poverty because of reduced economic growth; biased tax systems and the use of wealth by people with self interests that lobby government for policies that will encourage greater income and will acquire assets in favour of the rich and well connected.
Also, our government has inability to collect sufficient revenues. And lastly, we have weak judiciary that contributes to the weaknesses and inefficiency of our State. 4. 6. Armed conflict We know that conflicts result to deaths, disablement and displacement. There is more likely greater loss of breadwinners; disruption of basic services; destruction of transport system and general collapse of the affected community. Conflict has negative impacts to all forms of capital- financial, social, natural and physical.
Mindanaofor example faces major poverty challenge. Armed conflict causes poverty, and vice-versa, poverty also produces conflict. 4. 7. Disability Just like the causal relationship of conflict and poverty, disability and poverty is also bi-directional. Poverty causes disability and disability causes poverty (not all disability is caused by poverty but poor people are most likely to have poor health, poor living conditions, and dangerous working conditions. )
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