The RH Bill (updated)

Posted by Dennis on October 03, 2010 | 15 Comments »

Posted in: Responsibility

After reading and re-reading the RH Bill, I started searching through Scriptures on what God has to say about the RH Bill.

First and foremost, there are no words like contraceptives, family planning or birth control mentioned in the Bible but there are biblical principles we can glean on to help us reach a decision/ conviction regarding the issue:

So before I dive in to the RH Bill here are some biblical worldview that every Christian must understand:

1.    GOD IS THE CREATOR AND AUTHOR OF HUMAN LIFE.
Psa. 139:13-16     For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.

2.    GOD MADE HUMANITY IN HIS IMAGE AND LIKENESS WHICH MEANS LIFE IS UNIQUE AND SACRED.
Gen. 1:27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

3.    GOD INTENDS FOR HUMANS TO FILL THE EARTH
Gen. 1:28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

4.    GOD AUTHORED THAT LIFE BEGINS AT CONCEPTION AND DECLARES THAT AN UNBORN BABY IS A SACRED LIFE.

Ex. 1:16-17 and he said, “When you do the duties of a midwife for the Hebrew women, and see them on the birthstools, if it is a son, then you shall kill him; but if it is a daughter, then she shall live.” But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the male children alive.

5. GOD DECLARES THAT WHEN HUMAN LIFE IS TAKEN WITHOUT JUST CAUSE  THE SIN OF MURDER HAS BEEN COMMITTED.
Gen. 9:5 Surely for your lifeblood I will demand a reckoning; from the hand of every beast I will require it, and from the hand of man. From the hand of every man’s brother I will require the life of man.

6.    GOD MADE HUMANITY TO STEWARD CREATION BY EXERCISING WISE DISCERNMENT BASED UPON NATURAL REVELATION, CONSCIENCE, THE HOLY SPIRIT, COUNSEL AND MOST AUTHORITAVELY THE SCRIPTURE.

1Pet. 4:10 As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

7.    GOD MADE HUMANITY MALE AND FEMALE
Gen. 1:27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

8.    GOD CREATED MARRIAGE AS A COVENANT FOR ONE MAN AND ONE WOMAN.
Gen. 2:24-25 Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.  And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

9.    GOD CREATED SEX AS A GIFT ONLY FOR A MARRIED COUPLE
- creation and recreation

10.    CHILDREN ARE A BLESSING FROM GOD TO BE PROVIDED FOR AND CARED FOR BY PARENTS, EXTENDED FAMILY AND THE CHURCH.
Matt. 18:5-6 Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me. “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

Here are some of the highlights that the Catholic church is against when it comes to the RH bill.

SEC. 4. Reproductive Health Care Agenda Framework. The Integrated Reproductive
Health Care Agenda shall create an enabling environment wherein an integrated reproductive health care policy and program become positive instruments for the realization of

a. The sexual and reproductive health and rights of all individuals and couples including:

1) the reproductive health and rights of all individuals and couples to decide freely and responsibly the number, spacing and timing of their children;

2) the right to make decisions concerning reproduction free of discrimination, coercion and violence;

3) the universal access to a full range of safe, high quality, accessible, and affordable sexual and  reproductive health services and products to all individuals and couples;

4) the universal access to sexual and reproductive health information and education;

b. The attainment of gender equality, equity and women’s empowerment in society; and

c. The promotion of the welfare and rights of the child.

4) Contraception

a. The elimination of restrictions on contraception including excessive regulation, requirements for third-party authorizations, and prohibitions on the dissemination of information regarding contraceptives;
b. Access to the full range of contraceptive methods, as well as accurate information on the relative benefits and risks of each method;
c. The regulation of quality of contraceptive methods and implement appropriate safeguards for efficacy, safety, and full, informed consent by the users;

5) Adolescents

a. The removal of all legal and regulatory barriers to reproductive health care for adolescents and create comprehensive, age-specific health programs for them as part of the country’s overall health policy.

The services should include information and services addressing reproductive health, STIs, gender roles, sexuality and responsible use of contraceptives;

b. Also, there must be: i) the universal access to contraception and maternal health care, status; ii) services geared specifically towards the special reproductive health needs of adolescents; iii) sex education and life-skills programs for all levels of education — primary, secondary and tertiary. The policies must reflect the special needs of marginalized adolescents, such as street children and out-of-school youth;

iv) education campaigns for STI and HIV/AIDS-prevention specifically aimed at adolescents;

v) programs to sensitize the community, including health care providers and law enforcement officials, regarding the need to protect the girl child and adolescents against all forms of sexual violence, including rape, incest, prostitution and trafficking; and

c. The provision of special attention to reducing the incidence of teen-age pregnancy and other adolescent reproductive health problems;

SEC. 5. Education and Information
a. Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Education in Schools. The Department of Education (DEPED), the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and the Technical Education and Skill Development Authority (TESDA), using information provided by the Department of Health, hall require the integration instruction on sexual and reproductive health and rights in the curriculum in public and private schools at intermediate grades, secondary and tertiary levels, including non-formal and indigenous learning systems.

So in light of this biblical worldview and the RH Bill, here are some of my comments (not stand) regarding the RH bill.

1. Majority of the RH bill is beneficial for everyone. The RH Bill is not 100% wrong but it does need tweaking.

2. Some of the things written in the RH bill is too vague thus the ordinary citizen needs to know and the author of the bill needs to make it clearer. Making the definition of terms clearer eliminates the fear the church and also the continuous need for the government to explain their stand.

example: gender roles, the curriculum of the sex education being taught, sexuality to name a few;

3. Use of government money to distribute condoms. Because the bill is not clear how they will educate the citizens – the church is taking a safe and aggressive stand. The last thing I want is for the government to use the people’s money to give away free contraceptives.

I have nothing in informing married couples on the use of contraceptives. I think Margarita Holmes wrote an open letter to Senator Sotto about this subject. She said:

I mean, do their sperm also behave like yours? Heat-seeking missiles targeting Ms. Gamboa’s eggs only when you wanted Romina, Diorella, Gian and Ciara? Ang suerte niyo namang mag-asawa: No unwanted children. No children born earlier than you wanted them.

Can you train the sperm of your countrymen – good, decent, God-fearing men who want to have children the way you do – all wanted, all spaced to ensure their and their mothers’ best health, and yet not take the contraceptives of your choice?

If, indeed, you can do that – make all Filipinos’ sperm as senatorial as yours so that each and every Filipino need not worry about another pregnancy when he makes love to his partner, then I will not begrudge your irrational stance against the RH Bill.

I think she makes a really good point. I cannot force my Christian worldview to the Filipinos but at the same light, the PRO-RH BILL cannot force their worldview to people who believe that no sex is the best sex practice for singles and unmarried people.

It works both sides. Senator Sotto may be accused of limiting or stopping the choice for Filipinos to use contraceptives but I also do not want unmarried people given the license to use contraceptives for pre-marital sex. But at the end of the day, I cannot stop people from doing so.

Will the RH Bill promote/ rally around safe sex or abstinence?

Here is a revised amendment of the RH Bill that might answer some of our fears on SEX EDUCATION

Age-appropriate Reproductive Health and Sexuality Education shall be integrated in all relevant subjects and shall include, but is not limited to, the following topics:

  1. Values formation;
  2. Knowledge and skills in self protection against discrimination, sexual violence and abuse, and teen pregnancy;
  3. Physical, social and emotional changes in adolescents;
  4. Children’s and women’s rights;
  5. Fertility awareness;
  6. STI, HIV and AIDS;
  7. Population and development;
  8. Responsible relationship;
  9. Family planning methods;
  10. Proscription and hazards of abortion;
  11. Gender and development; and
  12. Responsible parenthood.

“The DepEd, CHED, DSWD, TESDA, and DOH shall provide concerned parents with adequate and relevant scientific materials on the age-appropriate topics and manner of teaching Reproductive Health Education to their children.”

should be amended by providing a final paragraph which shall read: “Parents shall exercise the option of not allowing their minor children to attend classes pertaining to Reproductive Health and Sexuality Education.

4. Educating without a biblical world view is dangerous. We don’t need to go the route of countries giving away contraceptives to single men and women. Passing the RH Bill means businesses are required to do sex education to their employees or it is punishable by law. (I don’t know if this was amended already).

Section 21 on “Employers’ Responsibilities” found on page 15 from lines 10-15 and on page 16 from lines 1-4 which reads: “The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) shall ensure that employers respect the reproductive rights of workers. Consistent with the intent of Article 134 of the Labor Code, employers with more than 200 employees shall provide reproductive health services to all employees in their own respective health facilities. Those with less than 200 workers shall enter into partnerships with hospitals, health facilities, or health professionals in their areas for the delivery of reproductive health services.

“Employers shall furnish in writing the following information to all employees and applicants:

  1. The medical and health benefits which workers are entitled to, including maternity and paternity leave benefits and the availability of family planning services;
  2. The reproductive health hazards associated with work, including hazards that may affect their reproductive functions especially pregnant women; and
  3. The availability of health facilities for workers.

“Employers are obliged to monitor pregnant working employees among their workforce and ensure that they are provided paid half-day prenatal medical leave for each month of the pregnancy period that the pregnant employee is employed in their company or organization. These paid prenatal medical leave shall be reimbursable from the Social Security System (SSS) or the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), as the case may be.”

The RH BIll did made some revisions on this again:

should be deleted in its entirety considering that this provision is a restatement and amplification of the existing Article 134 of the Labor Code. This deletion would obviate further objections and debates.

5. Opening the pandora box. With RH bill approved, pharmaceutical companies can do an all out campaign for people to use contraceptives. It will be in noontime shows, billboard ads and primetime TV where kids are exposed every day.You kind of wonder what is the motivation behind the lobbying of the RH Bill. This is my fear though it may be unfounded.

6. The role of the church and family.

Sex education is best taught at home and church. God has a lot to say when it comes to this subject. The church should preach on what it stands for not what it is against. I still believe that the church has not lost its voice but we definitely need to rethink how we communicate the message to the world.

At the same time when the RH Bill is passed, it doesn’t mean forbidden SEX is unleashed. It means as parents, we must be vigilant in guarding and educating our kids. Our kids would eventually hear about this and they have to be educated well in the area of sex in an age appropriate teaching and biblical worldview.

So what’s my stand on this bill?

Whether the Bill gets passed or not,

I stand to teach my family and my church that SAVING SEX for MARRIAGE is God’s design for our SEX LIFE.

I stand to protect my kids from teachings on sex that does not promote the biblical standard of sex and purity.

I stand to stay faithful to my wife and will not commit adultery with any other woman.

I stand to fight for the well being of mothers and future moms.

I stand to have regular sex with my wife with contraceptives if need be. Sex is not just for creation but also for the enjoyment of married couples.

Biblical Worldview was taken from the book “Religion Saves and 9 other Misconceptions” by Mark Driscoll

Here is an informative blog on Birth Control, click here

About

Dennis Sy is the editor in chief of Act Like a Man and the Senior Pastor of Victory Greenhills. Husband to Thammie Sy, and father to three wonderful kids. You can follow his tweets @DennisSy or follow him in Facebook. Dennis is also the author of the best selling book, " Rich for Life: Secrets of Those Who Stayed Rich for Life and How You Can be One


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15 Comments on “The RH Bill (updated)”

  1. 1 Crisanto A. Torrijos M.D. said at 6:43 pm on March 28th, 2011:

    regarding the provision ………Access to the full range of contraceptive methods, as well as accurate information on the relative benefits and risks of each method…… You make available to the people, to the children of GOD methods that can kill them and their children. You make available the IUDs, the pills and the depo-provera which are scientifically proven to be ABORTIFACIENTS to the children of GOD. They use them and they KILL…. so the bill is really an ABORTION BILL!!! A bill that comes from the devil who is the father of all lies who is very wily in deceiving the children of GOD!!!

  2. 2 Tim said at 12:45 pm on March 31st, 2011:

    Pastor, I understand you views. Like you, I am a Christian, and I am well aware of the teachings of the Bible regarding sexual purity. But I have to disagree with you here. From what I gather, you seem to against the RH bill being passed (please do correct me if I am wrong) due to several doubts you have with regard to several of its provisions.

    But here’s the thing. No law or bill is going to be perfect. If we wait for every bill to be perfect, then we don’t get to pass any law anymore.

    I also understand your concern about the teaching of sexual health without a Biblical support base, but you also have to understand that it is our problem as Christians and the Church as a whole, and not of the State. It is the responsibility of the State to take care of its people, regardless of their moral or religious affiliations. Also, since the majority of Filipinos are Catholic and their church only teaches (the effectives of their efforts are another matter altogether) a certain part of reproductive health, many Filipinos are left clueless about reproductive health and their options. But they will still have sex – married and unmarried, homosexual or heterosexual – regardless of how much they know or don’t know about sex. I think it’s enough proof to see teenage or premarital pregnancies being more and more commonplace – even in our own churches – to realize how much sex is a part of our lives and society as a whole.

    The Pandora’s Box as you put it, will not be opened – because it’s already been open for a long time. The reality is that we, as a nation, need better access to alternative family planning methods and information about them. And I think that the government’s money is better spend providing condoms for free rather than doling out money and goods to poor families who have ten children despite earning less than minimum wage. So poor, that it is perfectly okay and considered “pagtulong” for a 6-year old to dance like a macho dancer on TV. Again, pastor, the Pandora’s box you fear will be opened has already been so for quite awhile.

    It’s a painful reality that we live in today, pastor. But this is what is happening in the world. Ideally, we as Christians, and the Church, must be enough to guide all of our fellows to the right path, but as we all know, the ideal is rarely a reality. From a logical and practical standpoint we need this bill to get passed, flaws and all. Moreover, the bill simply provides people with A CHOICE, and in a country where choice can be called a luxury for so many people, a choice like this is precious. I pray we respect the right of other people to have a choice.

    Thank you and may God bless us all.

  3. 3 Tim said at 11:54 am on April 1st, 2011:

    The mere term “contraceptives” means that conception is PREVENTED. There is no meeting of the sperm and egg cell which means that there is no fetus formed. Thus, no baby, no life to kill. Abortion on the other hand, is defined as the termination of a pregnancy. How can you abort if there is no pregnancy in the first place? If contraception is equivalent to abortion to you, then natural family planning methods are also considered abortifacients because they do the same thing. So sir, if you are married, the next time you lie with your wife during her safe period because that’s the only time you do the deed, you are committing abortion. Remember that.

    Thank you.

  4. 4 Dennis said at 3:21 pm on April 1st, 2011:

    hi guys, had to edit some of the comments here. Would encourage everyone to share their views without getting personal. Thanks and hope you understand

  5. 5 Tim said at 4:11 pm on April 1st, 2011:

    Hi, Pastor, the part you edited out was in reference to his “MD” in his name, and yet he said that “it is scientifically proven that artificial contraceptives are abortifacients” despite that it is a medical fact that contraceptives are not abortifacients. These are things covered in lectures and lessons to nurses and doctors in schools all around the country. I should know, as not only is my fiance a nurse, her sister a devout Catholic OB-GYNE, I also attended a lecture for newlyweds and soon to be married people conducted in our church.

    My point is that as a doctor, he should be responsible for the kind of things he writes – writing something incorrect about a very important topic such as this is either gross irresponsibility on his part, or this person is simply another anti-RH bill person who is masquerading as a doctor. It is easy enough to think up a name and put an “MD” in front of it. There is no personal insult meant to the person, whoever he is.

    Thank you.

  6. 6 Dennis said at 11:27 pm on April 4th, 2011:

    I am not in any way in disagreement with the use of contraceptives. I think it is wise to use contraceptives for family planning. Just need to flesh out some part of the bill that might be in question like what I mentioned.

  7. 7 Reina said at 11:37 pm on April 6th, 2011:

    Pastor,
    Thank you for your views. Here’s what I have to say. I work for the the lower class of the society. I deliver their babies. Let me give you a clear picture as to whom I cater my services to. A sixteen year old 4th year High School student delivers her first born. A year after, she comes back and delivers her second baby. When I asked her about the use of contraceptives, she doesn’t have any idea about it. We have so many patients who are in their late 20′s yet have four or five children. That’s because they don’t know about contraceptives and have no access to it as well. So who are at a loss here? First, it would be the next generation. Her kids won’t be able to have a good quality of life. They will be deprived of a good education and bright future. Second, it would be the child-bearing woman. Every time she delivers a baby, she’s at risk of bleeding. All the more, she’s at risk of dying. Not only that, she’s a good candidate for cervical cancer.

    I believe sex education should be taught publicly. Not all parents know how to talk bluntly about sex to their children. That’s why, they do such sexual acts out of curiosity.

  8. 8 Dennis said at 12:21 am on April 7th, 2011:

    @reina thanks for giving your experiences on this. I am for RH bill. I am for sex education. I have reviewed the bill already and just some questions before the bill is made into a law. Malaki ang sakop kasi nung bill. 90% of the bill I agree. Some I am still wary of.

  9. 9 Jack Magnum said at 1:21 am on May 13th, 2011:

    What needs to be done is to set up a law where only married people can buy contraceptives. No marriage license = no condoms, pills etc! Sex must be enjoyed by married people only and husband and wife must not deprive each other of the right to intercourse so that the temptation to cheat will be lessened significantly!

  10. 10 mae said at 6:16 am on May 19th, 2011:

    i do agree. =) are you a pro sir or anti? . ^^

  11. 11 Dennis said at 8:24 pm on May 19th, 2011:

    I want the bill passed but with certain revisions which i mentioned in my blog

  12. 12 Jack Magnum said at 7:38 am on May 23rd, 2011:

    I definitely agree with your suggestions. In its current state the RH bill does not go against the threat of widespread sexual immorality. They should also make marriages cheaper but divorcing impossibly expensive for petty reasons like the so called 7 year itch

  13. 13 nico said at 12:55 pm on November 1st, 2011:

    Reverend Pastor,

    I am a Latin Catholic, and since my Church sticks on moral values on sexuality, sex education must focus on its act honorable and worthy to God and to the couple, being mature on understanding about sex, spiritually mature, and the couples’ spiritual responsibility on their children so that they will not turn away from God and to their parents just to follow the call of sexual materialism.

    That is all.

  14. 14 I Support RH Bill | Malikot na kaisipan said at 8:00 pm on August 11th, 2012:

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  15. 15 RH Reflection and Why We Haven’t Found the Solution | Act Like a Man said at 8:52 am on March 13th, 2013:

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