On the Purple Side

Yesterday I attended the mass for the feast of St. Sebastian at the Cathedral. When the mass was about to end there was this prayer by the commentator which specifically criticized the RH Bill. Though not mentioned in the prayer, it was obvious that the prayer was all about it.

RH Bill or the Reproductive Health Bill is aiming to guarantee universal access to methods and information on birth control and maternal care. The bills have become the center of a contentious national debate. There are presently two bills with the same goals: House Bill No. 4244 or An Act Providing for a Comprehensive Policy on Responsible Parenthood, Reproductive Health, and Population and Development, and For Other Purposes introduced by Albay 1st district Representative Edcel Lagman, and Senate Bill No. 2378 or An Act Providing For a National Policy on Reproductive Health and Population and Development introduced by Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago. This has been the center of debates among government officers, non-government organizations, women groups and the church.


As a registered nurse and based on the present situation of our country’s population, I am in favor of the approval of the RH Bill. A lot of Filipinos are against this one but come to think of it “Abstinence” was never a good solution among young adults especially the adolescents since they are very much curious and aggressive in terms of sex. Thus, in most cases, this results to unexpected pregnancy, worst case scenario is that it could result to abortion. Couples have plenty of kids that they can not support anymore. Women’s health as well as their children’s are in jeopardy. We are exposed to Sexually Transmitted Diseases and the fast emerging Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) has no proven cure yet but could be prevented by using condoms.

Some Filipinos, especially the conservative ones, are cynical when it comes to sensitive issues like this. I have high respect for their stand and opinions which is also true because they are protecting women’s dignity and preserving the values taught by our ancestors but the world is rapidly evolving, same thing goes to us. There are things that we need to prevent in this changing society. The burst of our population is unhealthy already resulting to poverty, sickness and crimes.

My point here is even though there’s a probability that  this bill might be passed, it will all depend on the person’s choice in the end. The bill does not promote abortion; as a matter of fact, it condemns abortion as a crime and is punishable by law. No it does NOT sell sex and immorality. It promotes women’s well being, a choice for married couples to limit the number of children they want and to provide a variety of information that are necessary for us to know and prevent misconception.

We were told by the Lord to go forth and multiply. Yes it is very true but the Lord never told us to to go forth and multiply and let our kids suffer from poverty or our wives from sickness.


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  • mocoy

    You’ve mention about aggressiveness of the adolescents about sex, is it not true as far as your opinion and the RH bill is concern impliedly saying “it’s okay for them to have sex as far as they used condom”?

    Medically speaking, i think using condom still not safe. In the US there are many pregnant women goes to the hospital for abortion yet they used condoms and other contraceptives.. (http://contraception.about.com/od/overthecounterchoices/p/OTC.htm)

    Legally speaking, the rights of the unborn is a big constitutional issues because the constitution protects the unborn. The Constitution, pronounces as among the policies of the State that “[The State] shall equally protect the life of the mother and the life of the unborn from conception.” (sec. 12, Art. II)

    Morally speaking, it’s obvious…