“Only God has the right to take away one’s life and determine the means by which death will take place.” An intense analysis of this aphorism brought me to one sensible conclusion contrary to the recently proposed Consolidated Reproductive Health Bill— the use of contraceptives is no different from taking away God’s greatest gift— life.
I’ve been constantly abreast about the horrible facts of population explosion and its equally detrimental effects to the country’s populace. Issues of that continuous boom have well been disseminated to the public via mass media. I say it’s entirely too heartless not to do something in order to address the problem. However, it’s saddening that a lot of people consider the use of contraceptives as a choice in preventing population increase. Adding damage to the injury, a number of representatives headed by honorable Edcel Lagman recently authored an unnumbered house bill which avows the promotion of the full range of family planning methods. Ironic, really, because it was proposed to allegedly promote responsible parenthood and population development.
How could they advocate responsible parenthood when in fact they are denying people with one chance of becoming parents? Is there any assurance of reproductive health using those contraceptives which can possibly cause abortion? Call it apparent cynicism, but I personally don’t believe that the said bill was meant to accomplish the specified goals. It encourages the use of full range contraceptives which can, in one way or another, cause abortion. Since these are interconnected, I believe that the use of contraceptives in a society as a means of population control and promoting responsible parenthood is both reprehensible and cruel. Self-discipline and the proper orientation of social responsibility are more than adequate to address the underlying problems.
Legislators furthermore stressed that contraception is the antidote to abortions and unwanted pregnancies. But I strongly refuse contraception to be so regarded. It was never an antidote. I am convinced that it actually intoxicates— something that contradicts the word of God and is therefore a sin.
Antonio Montalvan, the columnist who opposed the said bill, was right after all. The bill per se is a façade— an exceedingly deceptive one.
by Anjenelle Amante