Common Misinterpretation About the RH bill


When I am hearing people debating about the Reproductive Health Bill, I notice some arguments that doesn't make sense or greatly misinterpreted. Without proper knowledge about the bill, the people especially, the anti RH bill supporters, will say anything to make the bill look bad on the Filipino people.

As a conservative- catholic country, sex information is always ignored.  We can't teach our kids proper parenting, and early pregnancy prevention, because it is against the will of the Catholic Church. As a result, teenagers learn sex through others. 

The Bill is always misinterpreted, I heard someone say "ang rh bill ay pro abortion" (the bill is pro abortion) "tuturuan ang mga bata maging malibog" (it will teach children to become sexually active) ", these kind of opinions from anti RH bill fans club, drives me nuts! 

Here are some Common Misinterpretation About the Reproductive Health Bill



Again, if you’ve read every word in the Bill, you will not find any clause legalizing abortion. There is one clause, however, that speaks about abortion. But the clause only says that abortion remains punishable by (criminal) law as it is, in every sense of the word, unconstitutional. The Right to Life, as written in the Constitution, is not violated.

On what grounds is the argument that the passing of the Bill promotes abortion based? Any statistics? Even before the advent of the Bill controversy, abortion has been here in this country. It has always been underground, in the shadows. Everyone knows it is being done somewhere, sometime, at some place. Though it has an attached stigma on it, abortion has never left the country. Abortion knows no religion, no race.

It is fruitless to argue at what exact phase of gestation is the fertilized ovum seeded with its Soul. It is a very fruitless argument; the decoding of the mystery is beyond human faculties. Since God seeds the eggs, only He can give pertinent answers. Furthermore, the subject is also beyond the functions of the legislators and so must be left with the spiritual sector of the nation meanwhile.



If you’ve read the Bill thoroughly and understood every word in it, contraceptives will be legalized but under strict regulations. This doesn’t mean that the government will sponsor contraceptives dole-out projects as some local Churches accuse. (“Libreng condom;” but I say this accusation is baseless.) Dude, what is actually happening today is that anyone can just purchase (“over-the-counter”) condoms, pills–even without the Bill. If the Bill will be passed, only those with prescriptions from the doctor can buy the stuff. Ironic or people were just overreacting?

Misinterpretation About the Bill

-[Aisa of]-

Contraceptive pills do not induce abortions. They prevent or delay ovulation. They take effect beforeconception, not after. If there’s no conception, there’s no abortion.

Pro-life groups argue that contraceptive pills prevent implantation (the fertilized egg’s ability to attach to the uterus) and they equate this with abortion. Both regular contraception and emergency contraception do not prevent implantation.

The pill, when used correctly, is more than 99% effective. Natural family planning methods typically have a 24% failure rate.1 More than half of the Philippines’ 3.4 million pregnancies are unintended and 92% of them occur to women who either use no method or use a traditional method.

Unwanted pregnancies result in 560,000 risky illegal abortions a year.2 Providing the pill to women who want it (and only to those who want it, because the RH bill does not force any particular family planning method on anyone) will actually reduce the number of abortions in the country.

Contraceptive pills aren’t used just for preventing pregnancy. The pill is basically hormone therapy and is used to treat a wide variety of medical conditions including seizures, severe dysmenorrhea (which is extremely painful and even forces some women to miss work/school during their monthly periods), endometriosis (which untreated can lead to infertility), and that’s just to name a few. Some pills lower the risk of certain diseases, including a number of cancers. Scientists even say that nuns should be on the pill, because women who never bear children are more likely to develop breast, ovarian, and uterine cancer.

Like any other kind of medication, the pill may have side effects, especially depending on your medical history (pre-existing health conditions, sensitivity to certain medications, etc.) and lifestyle (e.g. smoking while on the pill increases risk of heart attack), which is why you see a doctor before going on the pill and see your doctor regularly.

This World Health Organization document on the Medical eligibility criteria for contraceptive use summarizes the risks and benefits of various methods of artificial contraception, including the pill.

The RH bill is important because it will empower women and families to make informed decisions on which method is best for them. With the guidance of a competent medical professional and with proper use, artificial contraceptives can have enormous benefits and minimal risks.

The medical risks connected with contraceptives are infinitely lower than the risks of an actual pregnancy and everyday activities. As Rep. Edcel Lagman points out, you’re more likely to die from riding a car than you are to die from taking the pill.

The risk of dying within a year of riding a car is 1 in 5,900, while the risk of dying within a year of using pills is 1 in 200,000. The worldwide risk of dying from a pregnancy is 1 in 10,000, but in the Philippines the risk is an alarming 1 in 100.

The CBCP and other pro-life groups have been deliberately spreading misinformation about the content of the RH Bill and the actual effects of contraceptives. (How is lying to protect “morality” moral?) They use dubious sources/outdated data or misinterpret/misrepresent scientific findings to support their claims. (As a friend pointed out, “[This] is like saying seat belts are ineffective since people die from car accidents anyway, yet no one accuses it or any other safety/precautionary tool as existing solely to push a moral-political agenda.”) Between the World Health Organization and the CBCP, the WHO is a much more credible authority on the facts.

I just want to clarify these things about the bill. Lets not ignore the facts. Lets listen to those who knows more, than to those who knows just because, they said so.

Most people have self denial over this issue, mainly because of their belief. And we will become a smart ass just to defend that belief.

Belief is very powerful, once it stuck in your head, it is there forever, and it is probably one of the main reasons why arguments like the R.H. Bill are so stagnant in their process. It’s because our actual knowledge about it is so fragmented that sometimes we don’t even know what we’re talking about.

CLICK THIS to know about the Reproductive Health Bill and tell me what you think by posting your comments below

Get updated

Enter your email address:

or via RSS

Newest Posts

What's Hot?

You are here : Home »

Blog Archive