I’m pretty passionate about the issue of the Reproductive Health (RH) Bill, I feel that it is one of the this country’s most important steps towards progress, development, and improving the lives of most of our countrymen. There are a lot of discussions online about the bill, and I am enumerating and making the case for the bill for each issue.
‘The Born Child’
The Roman Catholic Church (RCC) says that they hold the life of an unborn child as sacred, and their definition of an “unborn child” is as early as a fertilized ovum. This is the reason why they consider the Pill as an “abortifacent”, because in some instances, they claim it jeopardizes the fertilized ovum. Hence, to them, using the Pill is actually commiting abortion.
However, what about the life of a BORN child, the ones living in the streets, with barely enough food, no education, no hope in life? A child born in poverty is automatically exposed to DISEASE, NATURAL DISASTERS and VIOLENCE, so much so that you can expect the life expectancy of that child to be much lower than normal.
I don’t see them fighting with the same ferocity in terms of uplifting the life of that child. To them, it is good enough that they are alive, never mind if they live in abject poverty and misery. So for the Church, it is more important to see a child suffer in poverty than to see a fertilized ovum a couple of days old get aborted.
‘More Than Enough Land in the Philippines’
A favorite argument by anti-RH Bill supporters, goes something like this: “If you go by the provinces, there are a lot of open spaces or lands. So the Philippines must NOT be overpopulated”. This is a shallow argument based on assumptions, fantasy and bias. It is “shallow”, because it breaks down when you delve deeper behind such reasoning.
They assume that just because there are open lands, then such lands should be able to provide shelter, clothing, food, education and jobs to people on its own. But land is just land. It won’t do anything, unless you put a lot of money and effort to it.
The next thing they are going to say, is that people are just lazy, or that the government just lacks the effort to do so. In their minds, they fantasize a world wherein the availability of land alone should’ve been enough to cure the country’s problems if only the right amount of effort and money were put to it.
Well, if “money” and “effort” is all that it will take, then just let the Roman Catholic Church buy lots of open land, grow their own food, and feed all the poor and hungry in the country. Why can’t it just do that then?
Because it is hard. Because it’s not easy. And if they can’t do it themselves, why the heck will they ASSUME and INSIST that others should?