Patrick L. Carbonell
I have posted this article in a previous blog I had which mysteriously disappeared and I do not have a single hint how that happened, which is why I am re-blogging this here. I hope this still sheds light to those who are still wondering if Reproductive Health Bill does support life or not:
For the past months, I have encountered several news from the Philippines about the idea of implementing the RH-Bill. Aside from that I also heard issues straight from my home city that same sex marriage is being conducted by one so-called “Christian” church.
But let us take the issues one at a time. Is the RH Bill just fine or not?
Since I am not a lawyer of any sort, I am just here to give my most honest opinion about the said issue. Let us look at section 2 of the RH Bill that specifies the declaration Policy of the said bill:
“The State upholds and promotes responsible parenthood, informed choice, birth spacing and respect for life in conformity with internationally recognized human rights standards.”
All I can see here is a confusing play of words. If we just taken as literal as that, then it shows that there is no problem at all in contradicting any moral issues since the statement seem to support even the side of the die-hard pro-life citizens. But then the trick begins… What does “Responsible Parenthood” mean? What does “informed choice” imply? How shall birth spacing be done? Up to what understanding does “respect for life” cover? And what is the international recognized standard for “human rights” being conformed to?
Pro-lifers are often misunderstood because they fight for the right of a potential human being to be born into this world through the power of the divine sparking that life within a woman’s womb. They are misunderstood because all that a pro-choice can ever hear from a pro-life are the words “No to abortion”.
Pro-choice declares there is nothing to abort since life has not been made yet, but for a Pro-life, abortion takes place at the point where life is already being prevented in exchange for human pleasure and satisfaction.
In section 3-a of the bill, we will be able to see this statement; “In the promotion of reproductive health, there should be no bias for either modern or natural methods of family planning”
Pro- life will definitely have an impact against this. There is no problem with the natural means, but the modern method? Definitely, that is a big NO!
The reason why Pro-life as well as the Catholic Church is against the RH bill is not because of the reasons that it has things within it that supports and respects life, it is against the fact that it degrades the sacredness of giving chance for a potential person to have life in the world. It is by God’s will, not man, that life is given to someone.
Any reason that supports life even of the unborn to one day walk among us is a reason that respects the will of God. Anybody who tries to prevent the existence of life even from the very start is only limited to the will of Man because of weakness.
But my question remains: Does RH bill support and encourage life to suffice by the will of God? If yes, then I support it fully, but if the bill limits its support of life somewhere within its message, then I stand at God’s side. God’s will, not man’s must prevail!