731 million is the budget for the RH bill. How many houses could that build in the Philippines, how many business could that create, how many hospitals could that build, how many doctors and nurses could that train and/or pay for salaries, how many schools could that build, what educational materials could be bought, instead that money may be spent on that bill.
What does promoting access and knowledge of contraception do to decrease poverty?
Contraception use should be discouraged because of the health risks that may come because of use of contraception, let alone opposition to contraception based on moral grounds.
The Philippine Medical Association supports the RH bill but have said the following, which is odd, because if they believe this how they can support the bill?
health risks of contraception to women are considerable; the list of side effects is long, and includes high blood pressure, strokes, increased incidence of some forms of cancer
Regarding cancer, perhaps they are referring to arm of the World Health Organization, International agency for research on cancer, which classes the contraceptive pill as a class 1 carcinogen. Class 1 also has tobacco and asbestos
I would much rather have the poorer Filipinos who don’t have the money for contraception be able to get contraception and prevent a pregnancy they can’t care for instead of bring out a baby they can’t care for or seek out a dangerous, illegal abortion out of desperation.
Contraception access has been shown in many cases to prevent abortions. Contraception is also safer than ever, and continual medical advances will make it even safer. There’s a risk to nearly everything, including using chemicals to clean your home or eating food sprayed with pesticides. If you believe the benefits outweigh the risks, then that’s your prerogative.
Make sure all contraceptives are accessible, because the freedom to choose your method of birth control is very important. Make sure Filipinos are educated in NFP. The Catholic bishops can vouch for it. Filipinos who actually care will begin using NFP to prevent their pregnancy, and Filipinos who don’t care about what the Catholic Church believes can use a different method so they don’t have to seek out an illegal abortion.
And you expect poorer Filipinos to know how to do that without proper and FREE sex education…?
However, sex education should include teaching about all forms of birth control—condoms, IUDs, birth control pills, natural family planning, etc.
But that doesn’t mean you should take away a woman’s choice to choose her birth control method based on your own morality. Let the woman choose which method she’d prefer and make sure she’s educated about every type of birth control (including NFP). Because a woman preventing a pregnancy is definitely better than her turning to a back-alley abortion, don’t you agree?
What an incredibly condescending remark that poor Filipinos don’t know how to do that without free sex education. As a husband to a Filipino she knows a lot more about this than you do and I wouldn’t trust any government person to accurately teach about NFP than I would Planned Parenthood.
A study by the World Health Organization involving 869 fertile women from Australia, India, Ireland, the Philippines, and El Salvador found that 93% could accurately interpret their body’s signals regardless of education and culture.39] In a 36-month study of 5,752 women, the method was 99.86% effective.40]
Study by a prof at University of North Carolina found that widespread emergency contraception ‘led to a statistically significant increase in STD rates’ and did not have an effect on the abortion or pregnancy rate
STUDY DESIGN: Since 1997, representative samples of Spanish women of childbearing potential (15-49 years) have been surveyed by the Daphne Team every 2 years to gather data of contraceptive methods used.
RESULTS: During the study period, 1997 to 2007, the overall use of contraceptive methods increased from 49.1% to 79.9%. The most commonly used method was the condom (an increase from 21% to 38.8%), followed by the pill (an increase from 14.2% to 20.3%). Female sterilization and IUDs decreased slightly and were used by less than 5% of women in 2007. The elective abortion rate increased from 5.52 to 11.49 per 1000 women.
CONCLUSIONS: The factors responsible for the increased rate of elective abortion need further investigation.
Virtually every country where contraception use has increased there was similtuanous increase in abortion - rise in abortion in England as contraception use increased. Portugal’s abortion rate rose after oral contraception was made widely available in 1999. France’s abortion rate increased as contraception use increased. Canada’s abortion only started to increased after oral contraception was made legal in 1969. Australia’s abortion rate increased as contraception use increased
Guttmacher Institute said
Fifty-four percent of women who have abortions had used a contraceptive method (usually the condom or the pill) during the month they became pregnant. Among those women, 76% of pill users and 49% of condom users report having used their method inconsistently, while 13% of pill users and 14% of condom users report correct use.8]
I’ll point out you could provide the Filipinos with all the contraceptives and education in the world, and they’ll be as poor as ever. Why? Because certain politicians and great landlords won’t provide Filipinos with what they really need - more elementary schools, better roads, meaningful land reform (who owns Hacienda Luisita?), an economy that allows for foreign investment. But birth control is cheaper and means the elite won’t have to really give up anything.