Can we craft a reproductive health bill that is truly for reproductive health and faithful to Catholic principles?
I am just thinking that we are being reactionary: we wait for Cong. Lagman to file the Reproductive Health Bill and then we comment on it and gather all arguments against it. This is like playing black pieces in chess: you wait for white piece to make the first move before deciding to make our own moves.
We are not proactive. We do not propose our own version of Reproductive Health Bill that truly promotes reproductive health and the Filipino Family while remaining faithful to Catholic principles. There are many things we can include in our own version of Reproductive health bill:
- research funds for the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases and treatment of infertility
- promotion of natural family planning
- banning artificial contraceptives that have side effects to the woman’s health
- provide private breastfeeding sections in offices and malls
- make divorce difficult
These are some things that pop in my head right now. If you have other ideas, that would be great. We can reorganize our statements into different headings and use the original reproductive health bill as template. Writing house bills is not rocket science. I think we can do better than some movie stars and sports superstars in the senate and congress.
I shall volunteer to write the draft of the bill if there is no one else, but I would need inputs. One way to go about this is to go through the original reproductive health bill line by line and write an opposite but positive statement instead of just saying “not” or “don’t”. For example, instead of sex education in elementary and high school, what do you propose? home making skills like carpentry and tailoring? We have to replace something by something and not by nothing, for nature abhors the vacuum.
I would be more free at the end of October and write the draft bill for your further comments. Or we can have a brainstorming session where we can all meet together. After we have ironed the kinks of the bill, we can send a copy to CBCP to hear the side of the bishops. Then we approach our lawmakers and look for a sponsor and lobby for the bill.
“Our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens” (Eph 6:12)