In an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel, Economist and Demographer Linda Valenzola, a consultant of the Vatican's Pontifical Council on the Family, expressed that modern family planning methods like using condoms and IUDs are a form of voluntary genocide imposed by powerful groups upon the weak, and it will lead nowhere but to extinction.
According to Valenzola, poverty is mainly an economic problem, and therefore should not be blamed on a demographic issue such as population. "What happens is that the population is always used as a very nice way of covering up for the failure of government to solve the poverty problem. Overpopulation is a very convenient excuse, a scapegoat," she further added. This of course is supported by Fr. Melvin Casto, Executive Director of the Catholic Bishop's Conference of the Philippines, who said that the creation of new life should never be disregarded and prevented, especially through artificial methods.
This self-righteous attitude in some people who cloak their beliefs behind God and the scriptures always make my blood boil. Sure she was right in saying that poverty is an economic problem. If we aren't living in a third world country, then maybe the government can provide proper housing for the hundreds of homeless people and maybe even come up with a livelihood program that should make every family earn enough to have three decent meals a day and provide their children with proper education. Maybe she is right in saying that this is a problem that the government has to solve. But up to what extent is it the government's problem? If a couple earning minimum wage does not resort to family planning because these church guru's tell them that it is a sin and ends up with more children than what their meager salaries can feed, should they just pray and blame the government? If the people in the slums that support themselves by salvaging through people's garbage keep on producing more and more children with no regard for the future of these kids, should they hope to God for a miracle and expect the government to provide support? If underage kids get pregnant and have to give up school and abandon any chance for a better future, is it still the government that is to blame?
Of course the church will say that for the youngsters, abstinence is the answer. And for the couples, use the natural method... and if that does not work well... that's a blessing from God. But if you can't take care of it... what then... blame the government?
We can always say that people are educated and informed enough to make their own decisions. But in a country that is predominantly Catholic, sadly, opinions like this are being taken seriously and followed by a lot of people. So while we can ordinarily say, to each his own, I just feel that in this particular issue, giving out an anti-choice propaganda and backing it up by the "word of God" is not only irresponsible, it is in fact the greater sin. If you ever see a starving street child, a vagrant family sleeping under a bridge with little children shielded only from the cold or rain by carton boxes, or maybe even just neighbors trying so hard to make ends meet because they have too many children to support then tell me, is this really what God wants?