RH Law Misconception #1

  • The Reproductive Health (RH) Law does not promote or pave the way to abortion, since it even states that abortion remains illegal in the Philippines.

Clarification

The RH Law does not legalize surgical abortion, but it does promote all types of abortion and does legalize abortion of 5 day old babies.

Section 4 (Definition of Terms) of the proposed bill states:

  • h. Reproductive Health Education -- is the process of acquiring complete, accurate and relevant information on all matters relating to the reproductive system, its functions and processes and human sexuality; and forming attitudes and beliefs about sex, sexual identity, interpersonal relationships, affection, intimacy and gender roles. It also includes developing the necessary skills to be able to distinguish between facts and myths on sex and sexuality; and critically evaluate and discuss the moral, religious, social and cultural dimensions of related sensitive issues such as contraception and abortion.

To “critically evaluate and discuss the moral, religious, social and cultural dimensions of related sensitive issues such as contraception and abortion” paves the way to abortion because it will present abortion as a hypothetical (as of now in the Philippines, while practical in other countries) solution to an unplanned pregnancy. The next step will be to push for safe and legal abortion.

This reflects the mentality presented in some sex education modules, which could very well go this way:

  • Ang pagkontrol sa kakayahang mag-anak ay isang karapatang makabago para sa kababaihan.
  • May dalawang uri ng batas na nagkakaroon ng impluwensiya sa gawaing ito. Ang una ay may kinalaman sa pag-gamit ng kontraseptibo, kusang-loob na pagpapa-opera upang hindi magkaanak. Ang ikalawa at pagpapalaglag ng sanggol.
  • Ang ilegal na pagpapalaglag ng sanggol ay ipinagbabawal ng batas sapagkat hindi makabubuti sa kalusugan ng ina. Ito ay nagbibigay ng karapatan sa kababaihan sa pagpaplano ng pamilya.

Note that in such a formulation, illegal abortion is considered wrong because it is bad for the woman's health. The child being killed is insignificant. The solution insinuated is to legalize abortion so that it could become “safe.” Safe for the mother (they claim, though abortion is always traumatic for her), but not for the baby.

Some candidly say that if legislators and teachers insist on asking their students to discuss the pros and cons of abortion, then parents should also insist on discussing the pros and cons of killing legislators and teachers (for example, if they are inefficient, involved in graft and corruption, etc.).

Excerpt from Misconceptions and Clarifications on Issues Related to Humanae Vitae and the Reproductive Health Law in Philippine Congress by Rev. Fr. Gregory D. Gaston, SThD

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