WHY PASS RH BILL?
“Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought. Let us have faith that right makes might and in that faith let us; to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.” Abraham Lincoln
I. RH BILL IS A FREEDOM OF CHOICE NOT COMPULSION AGAINST WILL
They say that, “Reproductive Health Bill undermines the human rights it seeks to advance.” That, “The government cannot, on the one hand, guarantee the “universal basic human right to reproductive health” with its concomitant “right to make free and informed decisions,” and on the other hand advocate a policy that tells parents—especially women—what their choices should be. Such an approach is an unjustifiable affront to the dignity and capacity of the poor.” But does RH Bill really do that?
Let us take a look first at these two important words and their meaning. What is human right? What is freedom of choice? Wikipedia say that human rights are commonly understood as "inalienable fundamental rights to which a person is inherently entitled simply because she or he is a human being. S, how could we say that RH Bill is undermining this right when said bill is only giving a choice for Filipino people especially women to whether do it or not. It is actually giving every Filipino a free choice here. It does not advance to mislead human understanding to such a law to suppress any of their rights. In fact, in only presents them an eye to better knowledge to better living and family development.
Senator Pia Cayetano reiterated the following points in her blog posted on August 4, 2012: •The RH bill respects the religious convictions and cultural beliefs of all. “Those who do not want to use contraceptives are not being forced to. Each person is at liberty to decide for his or herself,” she said. •That RH education would be age- and development-appropriate. The bill “will not teach a 10-year-old how to use condoms.” See whole text and report under this link http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/247075/rh-bill-author-assures-freedom-of-choice.
Lagman also fortified and added, “Reproductive Health Bill promotes information and access to both natural and modern family planning methods, which are medically safe and legally permissible. It assures an enabling environment where women and couples have the freedom of choice on the mode of family planning they want to adopt based on their needs, personal convictions and religious beliefs. He added “the bill does not have any bias for or against natural or modern family planning. Both modes are contraceptives methods and their purpose is to prevent unwanted pregnancies.”
It was also said that the bill promotes sustainable human development. The UN stated in 2002 that “Family planning and reproductive health are essential to reducing poverty. The Unicef also asserts that “family planning could bring more benefits to more people at less cost than any other single technology now available to the human race.”
II. BACKGROUND AND RH BILL AS PROPOSED
The Reproductive Health bills, popularly known as the RH Bill, are Philippine bills aiming to guarantee universal access to methods and information on birth control and maternal care. 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.
On Rep. Edcel C. Lagman Statements on RH Bill, he emphasized to recall in a press release: Reproductive health advocates renewed their bid for the enactment of an RH law with the filing by its principal proponent, Rep. Edcel C. Lagman, of the controversial measure as House Bill...