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94 Million Stories

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One of the usual excuses to pass the RH bill is because the country is overpopulated. Even the RH Bill mentions that “The limited resources of the country cannot be suffered to be spread so thinly to service a burgeoning multitude making allocations grossly inadequate and effectively meaningless” (Section 3l, Guiding Principles). The media is then fed with stories about poverty and its alleged connection with too many babies being born; finally, the RH PR caps it off quoting a huge number by saying that our population is presently at 94 million and that our population will ‘balloon’ to 150 million in a couple of years.

Of course, there’s a lot of baloney with this argument. A quick look on our population density reveals the true problem:  around 18,000 people living in a square km. inManila, while the whole country’s density is at a low 307 people per sq. km. Ergo the problem isn’t in overpopulation but in congestion inManila.

The population growth rate has gone down to 1.87 %while total fertility rate is still at a relatively stable 3.15 children per woman. (from These numbers are down even without the help of an RH law.

We now ask the classic question by Cong. Roilo Golez to Cong. Edcel Lagman, who had no answer for our pro life solon: Who among these 94 million souls should not have been born?

The problem with simply looking at the numbers is that we tend to treat our countrymen as mere statistics, as numbers that do not have souls. Pope Benedict XVI adds:











Being born in the image and likeness of God as the Church teaches us, each one of us is special in God’s eyes. Even the scripture says so:

Another mistake that the RH camp makes often is to treat the young demographic that we have as simply consumers – bottom feeders if you will. Fortunately, we are more than just parasites on this planet. In this country, we are 94 million children of God – each of us loves and is loved by people who were fashioned by God just like us.

94 million people. 94 million stories.

This is my story.

I am my mother’s fourth child, the third one miscarried four years before I was born. My mother inherited a lot of illnesses from her father, including a weak heart and hypertension. When my mother consulted her doctor upon learning that she was pregnant with me, she was advised to go see someone who would terminate the pregnancy because he feared for my mother’s life if I were to be delivered with my mother very sick.

Yes, I was supposed to be aborted by some back-alley fly-by-night underworld anonymous abortionist. I wasn’t supposed to be born.

My mother was left with more questions than answers. In her darkest moments she tearfully went insideBinondoChurch, where she sought the advice of the priest there. Fortunately for me, that priest was faithful to the Church’s teachings, and told my mother to keep me alive. Had she talked to a pro-choice priest who shunned the Church’s teachings, I wouldn’t be here now.

I was born a few months later, a month premature but otherwise healthy. I was told that during labor my mother’s blood pressure shot up to 180/120. She risked everything just for me to be born because she failed to see me as just another number or statistic. She failed to see that I was yet another mouth to feed. She failed to see that I could possibly be another burden she had to carry.

In that aspect, her failure was a success, because I survived.

And now here I am, staunchly pro life, working for Pro LifePhilippines. What a good God we have!

94 million people. 94 million stories. Who among us do not deserve to live? Who gets to say who lives and who should not have been born?

The beauty of the pro life advocacy is that we are not just saving lives. We are saving PEOPLE. People who will be connected to somebody else someday, somehow. People who have their own stories to tell. People who all have purpose in life. We are saving people who would someday be someone’s husband, wife, brother, sister, or friend. This is our purpose: to touch someone’s life someday and to help one another reach heaven. One person less and our lives are less rich than God intended it to be.

An all-time favorite movie among pro-lifers is Schindler’s List. The last scene is especially heartbreaking. Nazi Germany has just surrendered, and Oskar Schindler, who saved so many Jews from the death camps by allowing them to work for his factory, has to run away because of his affiliation with the Nazis. This last scene, the only time he shows any real emotion, is very poignant, especially his farewell to his assistant, Itzhak Stern:

Oskar Schindler: I could have got more out. I could have got more. I don’t know. If I’d just… I could have got more.
Itzhak Stern: Oskar, there are eleven hundred people who are alive because of you. Look at them.
Oskar Schindler: If I’d made more money… I threw away so much money. You have no idea. If I’d just…
Itzhak Stern: There will be generations because of what you did.
Oskar Schindler: I didn’t do enough!
Itzhak Stern: You did so much.
[Schindler looks at his car]
Oskar Schindler: This car. Goeth would have bought this car. Why did I keep the car? Ten people right there. Ten people. Ten more people.
[removing Nazi pin from lapel]
Oskar Schindler: This pin. Two people. This is gold. Two more people. He would have given me two for it, at least one. One more person. A person, Stern. For this.
Oskar Schindler: I could have gotten one more person… and I didn’t! And I… I didn’t!







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2 Responses to “94 Million Stories”
  1. Rhoda C. Gestosani says:

    Your story is so similar to the story of someone I know. This father wanted only two children. He had a vasectomy after the birth of his second child but his wife still got pregnant. Imagine his rage and suspicion over this pregnancy? For years he harbored feelings of doubt and jealousy, thinking his wife had been unfaithful to him. But somehow, the couple decided to allow the birth of the third baby despite the contention between them over the pregnancy. As time passed, the couple came to accept this third child because of her loving nature. The oldest child did not do so well and barely finished high school. The second child got to college but did not finish. This third baby, the one whom the couple did not plan to have, was the most successful of the three. She finished college and went abroad. She continued supporting her parents and provided for them when they got sick. To this day this child still gives so generously to her family. If the RH bill had been around during the year that she was conceived, it would have been so easy for her mother to get an abortion and she would not have been given the chance to make a difference in her family’s life. You see, this “unplanned” and “unwanted” child was God’s plan, and wanted by God to be there for the purpose that only God knew ahead of time. Man’s duty is to obey God. God’s providence is always sufficient. The question for the RH proponents is this: How much planning do you think you can do to avoid difficulties in life? Sacrifice is always needed. And if we are no longer willing to make sacrifices, then we might end up killing the solution that God has prepared for us.

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