After President Aquino’s public endorsement of the Responsible Parenthood/Reproductive Health Bill through his 3rd State of the Nation Address, the Hierarchy of the Catholic church with other Anti-RH Bill groups started again their offensives against it. It also came after congress announced that on Tueday August 7, 2012 the controversial bill will be voted on.
Yesterday several Catholic groups and Anti-RH Bill groups gathered in EDSA Shrine to (as they say) call on God to influence the mind of every Senators and Representatives not to vote for the bill. They also denied insinuations that the protest rally was done to pressure members of the congress to vote against the passage of the bill. And based on their statements and arguments it seemed that they are using the art of deception, lies and mis-information for people to back out support for this important bill in congress.
I am fortunate to have personal experience on how the catholic church is giving mis-information to its flock. Last Sunday in the mass that I attended, I personally heard those mis-informations that the priest is relaying to the church goers. At first I never had inklings that the sermon will lead to an Anti-RH remarks. The priest started the homily in a good way. I liked how he relate the scripture readings to his homily, I was even glad that his sermon was very layman in a sense that you can easily understand the point that he wants to implore. But towards the end of his homily, all of a sudden he introduced the topic on RH Bill and started to disseminate wrong information to the people.
He said we should not let this bill pass because those contraceptives are cancerous. He even said condoms can cause cancer because sex should be a skin to skin contact and not rubber to skin. He also said the same thing with contraceptives and even equated it to abortion. He also touches the issue on over-population saying why is Hongkong and Japan two countries who are also populous but are not poor. In my mind, “Hey father, they are already rich countries before their population got bigger, we the Philippines is still a poor country and yet our population is gettitng even double or triple big”. He also said passing this bill will lead to pre-marital sex and teenage pregnancies. he even cited that 9 out of 10 couples whom he interviewed before getting married, were just marrying because the girl is pregnant. Didn’t he get the point on that? He said passing RH Bill will still lead to more teenage pregnancies and pre-marital sex. What the hell inside the church did he get that logic, I think he did not read the provisions of the bill. What confused me more about his statements was that he pointed the fault on the people who keep on doing babied without the capacity to give them bright future. He said couples should learn to know what size of family they can support. In my mind again “Isn’t it the main and true purpose of the RH Bill? To give people right information on how to correctly plan their families. Why are they so afraid to give people a chance to choose? Why are they so afraid for people to be educated on the topic of sex and reproductive health? Why are they so afraid to give people right access to information in terms of responsible parenthood and reproductive health”. On that moment I really wanted to walk-out of the church, but I thought I am accountable not to that priest but to God so I just let him finished his sermon and prayed that people who are inside the church are mature enough to know and discern what are true facts against mis-informations.
That was not the only experience I had when it comes to their deceiving tactics. Several masses I attended that they disseminate the same mis-informations to the people in the efforts to lessen people’s support for the bill. But I think there are more mature Catholics who are compassionate about the needs of less fortunate Filipinos needed greater access to reproductive health services. There are more mature Catholics who know that faith is not only about plain and blindly following what the Bishops and priests are saying. And I believe church is seeing this big support of the people for this bill that’s why they’re resorting to this kind of spreading lies and mis-information in the hope that people will back-out.
“I am NOT AGAINST LIFE, I am AGAINST IGNORANCE, I am Pro RH Bill”