A Break from your usual habit

I am Pro-RH Law

In current events on July 29, 2013 at 1:10 PM

I have read the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012 (Republic Act No. 10354), or the Reproductive Health Law or RH Bill or RH Law.

To me, the law would like to control the population by providing proper, timely, correct, and sufficient 1. information 2.services, and 3. materials and Equipment to the Filipino people.

One of my favorite subjects in School (elementary to College) is Science. And in this subject, I learned that life begins when at least one sperm of a male reaches the egg of the female and fertilizes it. Some ANTI-RH law advocates claim that by not allowing the sperm to connect with the egg and fertilize it, they are committing abortion and is a grave Sin based on Catholic laws. But how are we committing abortion when there’s no life yet? Shouldn’t there be something there yet before we can abort it?

Because it’s logical that there’s no “person” yet, the next argument is that those who are preventing the meeting of the sperm and the egg by using contraceptives are committing a grave sin by not allowing life to be created. Honestly, this I do not know. I’m not an avid bible reader. I’ve read some verses and chapters but I have not come across a line or paragraph that says we are committing a sin if we are preventing the sperm and the egg to meet. Because even if we allowed them to meet and no life or person is formed, who is the sinner then? The sperm? The egg? There are couples out there who have been trying to have a child of their own, but nothing is being formed.

Former senator Francisco Tatad said that those who prevent the meeting of the sperm and the egg is committing genocide – a criminal act. Everybody laughed at him including me. He can’t blame us, because before, genocide to me was “Mass Killing”. So I thought that he meant killing millions of sperms is genocide. Because this is what I’ve been seeing in the movies. But according to Article II of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide,Genocide is any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such: (a) Killing members of the group; (b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; (c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; (d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; (e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group. Now I understand why the former senator tagged the RH Law as committing genocide. But in all articles that I have found regarding “Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group”, I saw the words “involuntary”, “forced”, and “compulsory”. So to me, the RH Law does not intend to commit genocide because it provides for proper, timely, correct, and sufficient information to a person for him/her to make free and informed decision to use birth control measures.

The Law clearly states that “Each family shall have the right to determine its ideal family size: Provided, however, That the State shall equip each parent with the necessary information on all aspects of family life, including reproductive health and responsible parenthood, in order to make that determination.” So I can have 2 or 20 or more children and each of my children can have 1,2, 20, or more if they “want” it. The RH law is just saying that if two couples choose not want to have a child, then they have options.

What I think the Church and those against the RH Law should do is make people more God-fearing. Make us more religious so that one, the people in government will not make supposed to be “anti-church laws”. And two, so that people will follow the teachings of the Church more.

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