You got to hand it to the anti-reproductive health fanatics. From ridiculous assumptions such as the Reproductive Health Bill legalizing abortion, immediate population depletion to out of vogue assumptions that population development programs are not important, absurdities, logic cartwheels and random religious invocations are gifts that just keep on giving.
The latest addition to their arsenal of slippery slope arguments, appeal to emotion, selective observation, red herrings, appeal to motive, wishful thinking (this one is a winner)… is “liberty.” Yes, folks. They took Papa Oreilly’s lessons to heart and are now rebranding “liberty.”
The few Ayn Rand purists on “common good” – that common good should be left to the private institutions and not to the government – are opposing the RH Bill because it’s a tax-funded, state-driven program. They are opposing the Reproductive Health Bill because they don’t like government meddling. They should just promote the fabled Laissez-Faire; no more of this pretentious anti RHB drama.
A snapshot of reality should tell you our current oligarchs have no problems in raising prices of basic services, averting regularization of employees and paying less taxes than the middle class citizens. The little glimpses of “common good” can be seen from their charities , hardly a dent in their big pockets. Sometimes you get decent employment, but anyway…
Our “democratic” government encourages the wealthiest to acquire government positions. Your average LGU official is a tad wealthier than his constituents and our last five presidents belong to the wealthiest sector – any overflowing “common good” you’ve seen lately?
As if the asinine “don’t blame babies” and “sperm is holy” poetry failures aren’t enough, the less sophisticated religious bats have expressed their opposition (you’re infringing on my liberty!) with inane statements like:
Opposing the reproductive health bill in terms of “liberty (justice and freedom the Catholic way)” is forgetting you have an informal contract with society. Making a conscious decision to live with people, in an organic society with a government authority is trading some of your individual liberty to the social group or team you belong to in order to pursue a “common good.”
Democracy does not afford you 100% individual liberty. Democracy, ideally is the rule of the many who agree to a common decision. It is not the rule of all.
I don’t buy you your toothpaste, your deodorant, your antibiotics or your underwear, but you and I buy our safety standards for your toothpaste, deodorant, antibiotics and underwear. We buy our roads, our hospitals, our clean air, our water supply, our group safety from diseases and crime and our public education which will bring about the next intellectual force. You and I buy and invest in our next generation, but for some reasons you have – which are not supported by evidence but only your own wilful ignorance – you balk at the way you have been living.
There are laws and bills that potentially compromise your individual liberties to a dangerous degree and you are well within your rights and wits to oppose them. In the case of a reproductive health bill that aims to implement a state-funded program (the private sector is only good for monied people), why fight a bill that allows more families to exercise their reproductive freedom?
It’s not because your reproductive freedom is restricted.
It’s because you don’t want others to practice reproductive freedom although you share similar social contracts to the same government authority.
The hypocrisy never ends.