Morality and the RH bill

 

The Reproductive Health (RH) bill has been reported to be among the “wish list” of bills to be prioritized before Congress goes on its Holy Week break sometime in March.

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.

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7 comments on “Morality and the RH bill

  1. “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.

    I believe the Catholic church is inconsistent on issue of morality. I may agree that morality cannot be legislated but historical records show that morality changes over time! What is not moral today might be moral in the years to come! Take the issue of slavery for instance, a long time ago it was moral to own slaves but now, it’s no longer moral to own slaves! There was a time that a Vatican pope maintained an army and waged wars! Then there was the inquisition. . .the Vatican comfort women. . . Catholic church collaborating with Nazi regime, Vatican involved in money laundering. . . etc. . .etc. The Catholic church should not touch on the issue of morality otherwise it will just boomerang.

    • quierosaber says:

      Very true and I agree with you. Thanks.

    • jbalcoreza says:

      I think you are confused about “morality” and “acceptability.”

      It was once acceptable to own slaves, and even now I venture to guess that there are some cultures that still embrace it a part of the way they live, but it was never moral. By its very essence, slavery tramples on the dignity that every man should have regardless of personal circumstance.

      The Church is also a social institution with its sad share of imperfections brought about by human weakness. That is not to say, however, that its stand on matters of morality has no bearing. Similarly, our government has, throughout much of our history, been corrupt, ineffective and inefficient. We do not say today, however, that our government has no business governing the Philippines.

      • quierosaber says:

        For Church people to be mouthing about morality, yet they themselves are being used and fell victims due to the exigency of times, it is most sad, most immoral, indeed.

  2. pmma89 says:

    the author of this article clearly doesnt understand that population control will not solve poverty…pastilan

    • quierosaber says:

      When arable lands are given up for population and economic growth, thus, outpacing food production worldwide, that is really the time when you’ll say…pastilan

  3. Cynthia says:

    I just started a new petition and I hope you can sign — it’s called: Responsible Parenthood for Filipino Women

    This issue is very important to me, and I need your help to do something about it!

    Read more about it and sign it here:

    http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Responsible_Parenthood_for_Filipino_Women/?copy

    Campaigns like this always start small, but they grow when people like us get involved — please take a second right now to help out by signing and passing it on.

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