Reproductive Health Bill–and its true beneficiaries

September 30, 2010 § Leave a comment

Reproductive Health Bill

Let’s call a spade a spade. I think that behind all these talk about the Reproductive Health bill is money. Yes, billions and tons of it.

Think. If the Reproductive Health bill passes scrutiny, and the Aquino administration pushes its official policy of giving sexual education classes to schools and distributing contraceptives to poor people, who will likely benefit from this? Is it the poor couple? Nope. Using plastics has never been an effective contraceptive.

Its the ever-increasing reproductive health lobby groups headed by the manufacturers of plastic contraceptives.

Why force contraceptives use when it is not the State’s function to interfere with someone’s sex life? I mean, if a couple does not want to use contraceptives, why force them to?

The State wants to interfere with the personal lives of people because it means billions of pesos worth of contraceptives.

The Reproductive Health Bill is contentious and serious because it aims to interfere with the most intimate aspect of a relationship. Is the State given the right to even poke its fingers into the very personal life of people?

The Libertarian Party, in its platform, deny the state such a right.

“We hold that all individuals have the right to exercise sole dominion over their own lives, and have the right to live in whatever manner they choose, so long as they do not forcibly interfere with the equal right of others to live in whatever manner they choose.
Governments throughout history have regularly operated on the opposite principle, that the State has the right to dispose of the lives of individuals and the fruits of their labor. Even within the United States, all political parties other than our own grant to government the right to regulate the lives of individuals and seize the fruits of their labor without their consent.
We, on the contrary, deny the right of any government to do these things, and hold that where governments exist, they must not violate the rights of any individual: namely, (1) the right to life — accordingly we support the prohibition of the initiation of physical force against others; (2) the right to liberty of speech and action — accordingly we oppose all attempts by government to abridge the freedom of speech and press, as well as government censorship in any form; and (3) the right to property — accordingly we oppose all government interference with private property, such as confiscation, nationalization, and eminent domain, and support the prohibition of robbery, trespass, fraud, and misrepresentation.” see link at http://www.lp.org/platform
Aquino’s stand regarding the reproductive health bill is interventionist, just like the Church. He says that it is the duty of the State to inform the public of its right to choose whatever contraceptive it likes to use.

The question really is—is it right to do so? I mean, come on.

Every single Filipino out there knows what’s available for him. Even kids know what contraceptives are, and what they’re used for.

On the question of population explosion, the issue is not the use or the misuse or the non-use of contraceptives. It is the personal choice of Filipino couples.

Now, would it be okey if the State dictates to Filipino couples what they should do and should not do? Obviously, this is something very personal and very intimate for the State and the Church to even figure themselves into it.

Is there a scientific study which directly correlates unwanted pregnancies to the use or non-use of contraceptives? There is none. Is there a study which says that contraceptives are effective against the spread of AIDS? Yes, there are. But it is still inconclusive. What then is the most effective means of preventing teenagers from unwanted pregnancies or for people to avoid contracting a contagious disease such as AIDS?

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