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Pray , Don't Misinform



Thou shalt not lie:


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, (anti-choice) 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. - A Condom as Weapon for Genocide posted 9-06-08


Individual faculty members of the most prominent Catholic university in the country, the Ateneo de Manila University, released a position paper calling for the immediate passage of House Bill 5043 better known as the much debated Reproductive Health Bill. The bill is strongly being opposed and lobbied against by the Catholic church. In the paper, published by ABS-CBN this week, the educators took a counter stand against the church and said that the "bill adhere(s) to core principles of Catholic social teaching". They further added, "we (therefore) ask those who denounce the RH Bill as pro-abortion, anti-life, anti-women, anti-poor, and immoral to consider the economic and social conditions of our people, as borne out by empirical evidence, and to recognize that the bill is, in fact, pro-life, pro-women, and pro-poor." Playing on the ignorance of the citizenry, the Catholic church has been spewing misinformation regarding the bill labeling contraception as anti-life, pro-abortion, having life-threatening side effects and finally a cause of genocide.




In one concise explanation by economist Winnie Monsod, she explained that the reason why the church is saying that the proponents of the bill are pro-abortion is because they define all contraceptives as abortion agents. This is a belief-based definition that is incorrect no matter how you look at it simply because life has to be conceived first before it can be aborted. I highly doubt that Jesus himself, during his time, delineated this definition that the church now holds which only means that this is only a belief of regular people who promote themselves to be the bearers of right and wrong. They use their position in the church to condemn what is helpful to the citizenry by scaring them off by eternal damnation.


The facts of the matter are pretty straightforward. The bill aims to do the following: (1) Information and access to natural and modern family planning (2) Maternal, infant and child health and nutrition (3) Promotion of breast feeding (4) Prevention of abortion and management of post-abortion complications (5) Adolescent and youth health (6) Prevention and management of reproductive tract infections, HIV/AIDS and STDs (7) Elimination of violence against women (8) Counseling on sexuality and sexual and reproductive health (9) Treatment of breast and reproductive tract cancers (10) Male involvement and participation in RH; (11) Prevention and treatment of infertility and (12) RH education for the youth.


We already know that contraception does not promote or does not aim to legalize abortion. Contraceptives do not have life-threatening side effects nor will it cause genocide. Sex education among the youth will not produce “a generation of sex maniacs” nor breed a culture of promiscuity. Age-appropriate RH education promotes correct sexual values.


The Ateneo faculty supports this by saying, "Being educators, we are in favor of the RH Bill’s intent to offer "age-appropriate reproductive health education" to our children and youth. We affirm that this is key to providing young people the information and values they would need, not only to take care of their reproductive and sexual health, but also to arrive at sound and responsible decisions regarding their sexuality, sexual behavior, and family life, whether now or in the future."


Fighting ignorance is key to progress. Religious beliefs are ours to hold and preserve but not to the extent of blindly following church leaders who turn away from facts and promote fallacy in the name of God. These people, in my opinion, turn against the basic principles that they preach everyday. They play with the ignorance and the beliefs of people by providing half truths and lies made up to be facts. I read in the bible somewhere that this is what the devil does. I wonder whose side the church really is on these days.

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  1. The Church is desperate that's why they resort to lies. They are afraid to lose the power that they have that's why they're doing this. It's so pathetic that the same establishment who has taught us from childhood that lying is wrong is the same one who is kicking and screaming like a child just because it can't get what it wants.

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