RH Law Misconception #3

  • The Reproductive Health (RH) Law will strengthen parental rights in forming and educating their children.

Clarification

Section 3 (Guiding Principles) of the proposed bill states:

  • L. Respect for, protection and fulfillment of reproductive health rights seek to promote not only the rights and welfare of adult individuals and couples but those of adolescents' and children's as well...

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

  • d. Reproductive Health Rights -- the rights of individuals and couples to decide freely and responsibly the number, spacing and timing of their children; to make other decisions concerning reproduction free of discrimination, coercion and violence; to have the information and means to carry our their decisions; and to attain the highest standard of sexual and reproductive health.

In the Law, children and adolescents have the right to have a “satisfying and safe sex life” and “to decide freely and responsibly the number, spacing and timing of their children.” In such a case, parents (and teachers, public authorities, priests, etc.) who do not want children to have sex with classmates will be going against the children's rights, and hence they can be considered as “coercing” the children to stay away from sex. Earlier bills have even proposed fines and/or imprisonment for similar acts; this is indicative of their real intention.

In some countries, school clinics are prohibited from informing parents if their child seeks or has undergone abortion, whereas they are required to do so for treatment of a minor wound.

Reproductive health rights will therefore weaken parental authority and rights over the upbringing of their children. Children are brainwashed into this promiscuous, anti-parent, anti-authority mentality through value-free sex education modules.

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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