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CBCP Objections to the RH BILL Excerpts from CBCP Pastoral Letter “Choosing Life, Rejecting the RH Bill” January 30, 2011


RH Advocates say:

1. The RH Bill promotes reproductive health.


The truth is:

IT DOES NOT!

It does not protect the health of the sacred human life that is being formed or born. It promotes contraceptives.


RH Advocates say:

2. The RH bill will reduce abortion rates.


In fact, “many scientific analysts themselves wonder why prevalent contraceptive use sometimes raises the abortion rate.” Scientists have noted numerous cases of contraceptive failure. These failures may lead to abortion. “Safe sex” to diminish abortion rate is false propaganda.


RH Advocates say:

3. The RH bill will prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS.


The truth is: IT WILL NOT! On the contrary in some countries where condom use is prevalent, HIV/AIDS continues to spread. “Safe sex� to prevent HIV/AIDS is false propaganda.


RH Advocates say: 4. The RH Bill claims it will empower women with ownership of their own bodies.


The truth is: True and Genuine Empowerment will not come from this bill nor its proponents and advocates. Empowerment comes from God who created our bodies for us to keep and nourish.


We are stewards of our own bodies and we must follow God’s will on this matter according to an informal and right conscience.


RH Advocates say: 5. The RH bill is necessary to stop overpopulation and to escape from poverty.


This is totally FALSE! Why? Because of the following: Truth#1: Even according to our own government statistical office there is no overpopulation in the Philippines, but only the overconcentration of population in a number of urban centers.


Truth#2: Renowned economic scholars say that there is no direct correlation between population and poverty.


Truth#3: Many Filipino scholars, have concluded that population is not the cause of our poverty.


The causes of our poverty are: Flawed philosophies of development, misguided economic policies, greed, corruption, social inequities, etc.


REASONS FOR OUR OBJECTION


1. The nonconsideration of moral principles in the legislative discussions.


2. The anti-life, antinatal and contraceptive mentality reflected in the RH Bill.


3. The strong efforts to push its passage quickly to prevent careful consideration of its moral implications.


4. The over-all course taken by the bill towards population control.


5. The use of public funds for contraceptives and sterilization.


4. The compulsory sex education that would effectively let parents abdicate their primary role of educating their children on sexuality.


OUR STAND


1. We are concerned about the plight of the many poor, especially the suffering women.


2. We are PRO-LIFE, defending it from the moment of conception to its natural death.


3. We believe in the responsible and natural regulation of births through NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING (NFP).


4. We believe that we are only stewards of our bodies over which we are responsible to God.


5. We believe in freedom of religion and right in conscientious objection in matters contrary to one’s faith.


CBCP Objections to the RH Bill  

Excerpts from CBCP Pastoral Letter “Choosing Life, Rejecting the RH Bill”