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Response to Elizabeth Angsioco’s Article “1.8 billion Reasons for RH.”

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This is our response to Ms. Elizabeth Angsioco’s article at the Manila Standard Today, Nov. 24, 2014entitled “1.8 billion Reasons for RH.”

For all the things she mentioned in the said article, her objective can be described simply in the article’s last paragraphs: “The UNFPA World Population Report recommends that young people should have access to reproductive health, including family planning information and services.”

Ms. Angsioco’s article came a few days after the United Nation’s Population Fund said that children have the right to have sex, take drugs, and reduce the population through abortion.

In short, access to contraception and abortion for women, especially the youth, is absolutely necessary. If that by itself doesn’t offend the sensibilities of the parents, then I don’t know what else will shock them.

We think that now is the time we have to think outside the box and stop thinking that contraceptives will be beneficial for people, especially the poor.

Ms. Angsioco mentions that curbing fertility is necessary for economic growth. Translated into everyday language, yes it means your children are nothing but leeches and parasites that stunt the economy’s growth. The truth is that a study made by Wong Hock Tsen and Fumitaka Furuoka has already proven that population growth causes economic growth in our country, contrary to what is being peddled by Angsioco et al.

It is easy to say that we are the one of the most populous countries in the world, a fact that buttresses Ms. Angsioco’s argument that we need to curb fertility. What she and her RH ilk often conveniently leave out or deny is the fact that many countries are in danger of demographic collapse due to – drum rolls please – very low fertility rates. In Japan, where the aging population problem is compounded with very low birth rates, adult diapers sales will surpass baby diapers sales by 2020, a mere six years from now, a stark reminder of where Japan is headed.

In Singapore, back in 2012, the government called it a ‘national duty’ for its citizens to have contraceptive-free sex on National Day, the day they celebrate their independence.  Just like Japan, they need babies in order to avoid an economic collapse, and not even their goverment’s Baby Bonus scheme of Mothers receiving $4000 for each of the first two children they give birth to and $6000 for each of their next two children made any significant differences to jack up its fertility rate.

Many countries are already doing their utmost in order to avoid falling into the demographic quicksand, like tax incentives and cash in exchange for couples to make more babies. But are these efforts working?

It doesn’t work in Germany, a study says. The government’s efforts to spend billions in order to increase the number of children has failed, as families no longer consider having children as a priority.

The truth is that we cannot curb fertility thinking we could flick the switch back on anytime and say “it’s time to make babies guys!”.  This is the “contraceptive mentality” that we pro-lifers have been warning people all this time. The propaganda has been very clear for the past few decades. Children cause poverty, and it is much more desirable to have less children, or none at all. Once the population rate goes down, and it has been on a steady decline  for the Philippines even without an RH law, to emphasize the point very strongly.

Where are we headed now? Why are RH fanatics like Ms. Angsioco keen on presenting something that will become a problem in itself in the future?

It also has to be mentioned that it is the greatest of ironies that Ms. Angsioco would agree with Rizal by saying that the youth is the hope of the Motherland, and yet she believes that the unborn have less rights than an ordinary citizen.

We keep on complaining about teen pregnancies, and yet this government is not too keen on promoting chastity. This isn’t even an issue of religion; promoting chastity education is as pragmatic as you can get. Why spend billions on RH when you can teach children about chastity, and spend those billions building schools, markets,roads, bridges, irrigation,and other infrastructure that our people, especially those in the provinces, are in dire need of ?

Our leaders promote contraception not just because they think that it is impossible for the youth to live in chastity. They do so because they themselves are unable to live chaste lives and control their passions. A leader always promotes laws that are in accordance with his beliefs.

We must look to the future  today. RH will be detrimental to our country’s future in more ways than we realize, and it will just be another band-aid solution that makes the politicians look good without solving the real problems that cause and exacerbate poverty.

Isn’t it a very grave insult to our poor brethren’s dignity to give them condoms when they are hungry, and pills when they lack education and job opportunities?

 

 

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