“I’;m pro responsible choice. You know, there is choice to abstain, choice to do contraception. There are all kinds of good choices.”
— Sharron Angle
The Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012 (Republic Act No. 10354), informally known as the Reproductive Health Law or RH Law, is a law in the Philippines, which guarantees universal access to methods of contraception, fertility control, sexual education, and maternal care. There are reasons why our country must not accept the ideas of the RH Law.
One of the reasons why our country and our society must not accept the ideas of RH Law is because it contains provisions for anti-life acts. RH Law promotes the use of artificial contraceptives. Furthermore, the use of contraceptives such as condoms, birth control pills, and IUDs(Intrauterine Device) prevents the couple from creating another life. Moreover, failure to use contraceptives may lead to the act of doing abortion because occasionally the people engaged in this act is not yet ready for the responsibility of becoming a parent. While some people already consider by just merely using the contraceptives as abortion, in the sense that the use of contraception is already cutting of the pro-creation of a new life. Anti-life acts should never be tolerated because as human beings, we have the right to life and the right to live. With the use of contraceptives, these rights are taken away from the innocent creatures.
Another reason why RH Law’;s ideas must not be accepted is it has contingencies of having anti-family teachings. Furthermore, engaging in sexual acts means that one is ready to take the responsibilities of being a parent. As stated previously, RH Law has ideas that promote the use of contraceptives, this contradicts the real purpose why people engage in sexual intercourse. If the ideas of RH Law are not open to new life, then sexual intercourse would just be for human satisfaction and pleasure.
Lastly RH Law is against the teachings of the Church. The Church has a teaching about Humanae Vitae, encyclical written by Pope Paul VI, which means “of human life”. It re-affirms the established teaching of the Catholic Church about married love, responsible parenthood, and the continued rejection of birth control. Furthermore, marital relations are much more than a unification of two people. They constitute a union of the loving couple with a loving God, in which the two persons create a new person materially, while God completes the creation by adding the soul. For this reason, Paul VI teaches in the first sentence of Humanae Vitae, that the transmission of human life is a most serious role in which married people collaborate freely and responsibly with God the Creator. It is already stated in this encyclical that the use of contraceptives should be refused that’;s why our country should not accept the ideas of RH Law.
Although RH Law has some good benefits to the society especially to women, our country must not accept its ideas because it contains provisions for anti-life acts, anti-family teachings, and it is against the teachings of the Church. Scientists should further study efficient ways of natural birth control; doctors should further familiarize themselves with this teaching, in order to give advice to their patients, theChurch officials must explain clearly and completely the Church’;s teaching on marriage for the society to have more information and knowledge about this issue on RH Law.