This is a response to “TOUGH QUESTIONS THAT PRO-RH BILL CAN’T ANSWER“
1. If the Reproductive Health Bill is for health, why promote oral contraceptive pills when it is known for causing breast and cervical cancer?
No one is forcing anyone to take these contraceptives. People are given education about these contraceptives (like the proper way to use it and its risks) and given a CHOICE whether to use it or not knowing these risks. Just like chemotherapy and other medical medicines and methods, you are educated about them and their risks and given a choice whether to use it or not.
Oral Contraceptives also have health benefits. Oral contraceptives can also significantly decrease the risk of ovarian cancer by 50% in 5 years of use and endometrial cancer. And the cancer diagnosed in women who had used oral contraceptives were “less advanced clinically” than women who doesn’t use contraceptives.
2. Why is there no provision in the Reproductive Health Bill to educate women in the adverse effects of using artificial contraception if the RH Bill promotes women’s health?
Are you kidding me? Part of the RH Bill is EDUCATION about these contraceptives.
3. If a woman develops breast and cervical cancer from using oral contraceptive pills distributed by the government, will the government be responsible for them and provide them with free chemotherapy drugs?
Can you site your source that oral contraceptive CAUSES breast and cervical cancer? The keyword there is CAUSE. A lot of things can cause cancer (lifestyle, genes, environment etc.). “CAUSES cancer” is different from “INCREASED RISK from cancer”. Again, part of the RH Bill is education about family planning and contraceptives. They will be informed of the risks and given a CHOICE whether to use it or not. And why suggest chemotherapy if you don’t like risks?
The government has been promoting Natural Family Planning method for decades. Look at where it got us. Should the government shoulder the expenses for the unexpected pregnancies and STDs?
4. One of the provisions of the R.H Bill says that abortion is still illegal, if it is, then why promote Intrauterine device since its principal action is to prevent implantation thus deliberately aborting the fertilized egg?
Abortion is the termination of a fetus or embryo. And a fertilized egg is NOT a fetus.
5. If life begins at implantation, does that imply that prior to implantation the fertilized egg is not yet human?
Life begins at implantation? Says who? Yes, it is not YET a human.
6. If prior to implantation the fertilized egg is not yet human then what is it?
It is called a FERTILIZED EGG/ZYGOTE. duh!
7. If it is not a human being then how can a non-human becomes a human? Can a blood have the potential to become a human person? or a piece of tissue?
Whut?? It is called cellular division or MITOSIS. Blood can’t turn into a human or a tissue just like wine can’t turn into blood and bread can’t turn into flesh. duh! What kind of a question is that?
8. According to the National Statistics Office our population growth rate is on steady decline, then how can you say that we are over populated?
The growth rate is in decline BUT the Philippines is STILL overpopulated. The growth rate from 2000 to 2007 is at 2.04% and our population is at 88,574,614 in 2007. Growth rate and population are different from one another. The growth rate is declining BUT the population is still growing.
9. According to the latest news the budget intended for R.H Bill is 731 million, instead of spending part of this amount for artificial contraception, why not spend it to feed the street children and provide them with decent home and education?
What we need are steady and effective results. You’ll only feed them for a day with what you are suggesting. Give them information and educate them then they’ll be independent and responsible BUT no amount of job can provide for a family with 50 children. The government should work on BOTH education and overpopulation.
10. If the proponents of R.H Bill advocates “choice” then why prosecute health professionals in Sec.21 of the said Bill, if they refuse to educate or perform artificial contraceptive measures?
If I went to a shop I am entitled to be GIVEN SERVICE without discrimination. If I go to a pharmacy and in need of contraceptives or medicine the pharmacy should provide me with the things that I need as long as the transaction is within the bounds of law. Nobody gives a fuck if the pharmacists are Catholics or Muslims or Hindus or Buddhists. It is their JOB. Be PROFFESIONAL. If they don’t want to do their responsibility and provide the services that they should be providing then they should quit their jobs.
11. In Sec.10 of the said Bill it classified contraception as essential medicine, by the word itself “medicine” it connotes something we drink or inject, then why is it I.U.D which is not a medicine but a device is included under the ambiguous term essential medicine?
Like the way you want contraceptives to require a prescription just like medicine right? Oh, and not all medicines are orally taken or injected.
World Health Organization DOES recognize IUDs as an essential medicine.
Here is the link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_World_Health_Organization_Essential_Medicines
12. Evidently in countries that vigorously promotes condom (Thailand, India and Africa) the cases of A.I.D.S did not decrease rather it doubled, then why promote condom even if it is not effective?
According to ww.unaids.org, AIDS cases in the Philippines increased by 25% from 2001 to 2009, while the AIDS cases in Thailand, South Africa and India decreased by 25% from 2001 to 2009. Get your facts straight. The AIDS problem was already happening in Thailand before their promotion of condom use. That is why they are promoting the use of contraception, because the AIDS problem was already there.
13. If the Reproductive Health Bill is intended for married couples then why make artificial contraception available for everyone?
It is not just for married couples. It is intended for ADULTS who wants to practice safe sex, family planning and their right to choose.
14. Since the Reproductive Health Bill promotes artificial contraception for married couples as well as unmarried ones then would you agree that you are promoting perversion?
Perversion you say? Have you read your bible? So are you using your bible as the standard here? Not everyone believes in your bible. Sex outside of marriage happens with or without contraception to all people of different beliefs.
15. Is a child a disease that there is a need to prevent him from being born?
So preventing something means it’s a disease? Who ever said a child is a disease anyway? So every egg must be fertilized right? Because we should not prevent it from being born. So a guy must impregnate a girl if she is ovulating? No egg must be wasted right? Every sperm and egg must be born right? Wasting sperm and egg is a sin right? Not every egg and sperm deserves a name. Oh, natural family planning also PREVENTS pregnancy.
16. If an increase in population spawns poverty, then why does countries like China and United States are richer than Philippines even if their population is five times than ours?
Wow! I smell a dumb argument here. Have you seen China and USA on a map and compared it to the size of the Philippines? China is rich but the Chinese people are poor. China is already implementing a one child policy for urban couples. Poverty is not just rooted in population. The US is economically successful than us because a lot of the major corporations are based there. They have been the world-leading center for scientific discoveries and talents. The US also have their own reproductive health care and in some states abortion is legal.
Overpopulation is not just about the SPACE. It is whether the Philippines and the government can provide the needs of its population. So far at our current population the government CAN’T provide the needed services to its people. Have you seen how populated the classrooms are in public schools and how crowded it is inside public hospitals?
17. Would you agree than corruption is the cause of our poverty and not population? If you do, then why not create a law that will combat corruption?
It is BOTH. No amount of job is enough if you have 50 children.
18. Instead of artificial contraception, why not promote Natural Family Planning since it is very efficient and costless?
Natural family planning is effective? Really? It is effective at preventing STDs and unwanted pregnancy? We have already been promoting NFP for decades and it is NOT effective. The RH Bill will educate the people of all types of family planning methods (including NFP). If you want to use NFP then by all means do so. But NFP requires patience and discipline that many filipinos lack. What if married couples want to have sex without conceiving while the woman is ovulating? The RH Bill gives the information and empowers the people by letting them choose the method that fits them.