Even Pres. Benigno Aquino is for the fast-tracking of this bill having seen not only the importance, but, the necessity of it in curbing population growth and improving quality of life of Filipinos.
But, there are apprehensions coming from the proponents of this bill that PNoy may be succumbing to the pressure being put up by the Church with regard to the measure’s morality.
There is no denying the fact that a continuing dialogue between representatives of the Catholic Church and Malacañang officials on how the reproductive health program of the government would be implemented.
Even as the agenda is being discussed, Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales has come out with a pronouncement that was more on twisting someone’s arm saying that, “morality could not be legislated.”
“You don’t have to dictate on morals. Morals are guided of course by the Word of God, by the Lord Jesus Christ (but) it cannot be legislated…morally,” said Rosales.
More than morality, what the RH bill intends to do is open up the eyes of the populace and let them see that there is more about awareness, understanding and realization with regards to family planning and responsible parenthood than just listening to religious teachings and beliefs espoused by the Church.
The RH bill is about educating couples, especially the poor and the unlearned, that there are choices, options, and alternatives to follow in their married life on how to raise a family without being burdened that there is not enough food on the table for three square meals a day, that there is not enough money to buy medicines for the sick, that there is no adequate shelter for the family, etc., all because of ignorance or insufficient knowledge about responsible parenthood.
The RH bill is preventing stray kids with tattered clothes from roaming in the streets, begging and sleeping on the sidewalks in the cold of the night. It is avoiding misery and unnecessary death. It is protecting the young ones from the bad elements and at the same time saving them from being the scum of society in their latter years.
What is more immoral than having to delay or contest against the passage of the RH bill because of religious consideration?
With the Catholic Church being mired in their own morality issue, it should caution their hierarchy not to be too intrusive and assertive when speaking about the subject on morals.