Warning: This post may contain sensitive information/opinions about the RH Bill, Abortions, Contraceptives, and Aliens… Proceed only if truly, truly interested. Not to mention, it’s quite lengthy.
I recently stumbled upon a riveting piece of documentary called City of Guilt. It’s a 20-minute documentary about the thriving backstreet abortion industry in the Philippines. In the documentary, it seems to suggest that people in the Philippines are driven to these extreme conditions because of our country’s lack of a good reproductive health bill.. Basically, people fuck, they get pregnant, they realize “oh wait, Im poor”, and then they do the abortion… which of course is illegal in our country, so now they have to do those scary-assed backstreet operations which leaves around 80,000 women a year in the local hospitals, or worse, 6-feet under.
At the same time, the documentary, also, seems to suggest that the best way to prevent these things from happening is by having a fully functional reproductive health bill to take care of the people living under the poverty line. Basically to have contraceptives readily available for people who need them (which are the poor). In fact, according to a survey, as mentioned by a women’s rights group centered on selling cheap contraceptives to women from the slum areas of Manila, that half of the pregnancies there are either by accident, or even unwanted.
Essentially, the backdrop of the documentary is the entire over-population situation in the Philippines, and the concerned parties involved in it. The documentary suggests that the reason thousands of Filipinas a year risk health problems to get their illegal abortions is because of the fact that they have no other choice. They cannot afford to raise their would-be children because they are so poor, that they can even barely take care of themselves.
Below is the 2-part video of the documentary…warning, this contains uber-sensitive material…not entirely graphic… but mostly sensitive.
It seems to me, that if anything, the main problem isn’t the lack of contraceptives, or even a reproductive health bill. The main issue at hand is that these women are scared of their pregnancies because they have no means of caring for their child/children. Now unless they come up with Contraceptive Breakfast Cereals (which I doubt they will), contraceptives, clearly are not the answer. The only thing that needs to be done is to create more jobs, livelihood, and schools for the Filipino people. Logic dictates that if a person has the means to care for a family, then that person would no longer need contraceptives or even, god-forbid, an abortion.
Seriously Philippine Government, instead of spending millions and millions of pesos on your “extremely needed” reproductive health bills, why not just spend them on thousands and thousands of classrooms for the millions of under-privileged youth in the country? “Oh but if we make these classrooms, we”ll only be wasting money ’cause the kids won’t even want to go to school, because their parents are going to need to to work/beg for them to put food on the table…hence, we gotta keep these people from being pregnant”. Really? That’s the logical explanation for supporting the Reproductive Health Bill? Why not do some Job Generation for the poor? SOMETHING GOVERNMENTS ARE SUPPOSED TO DO. Or hell, why not DEVELOP the rural areas around Metro Manila? (AGAIN, SOMETHING YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO DO, BUT FOR SOME REASON, REFUSE TO). Do we have money to do all these? Probably not. But it’s a good thing our President has his PPP (Public-Private-Partnership) Program…which I find ironic because he supports the RH Bill.
The PPP is there to ensure that whatever infrastructures we lack, but desperately need, could be achieved to further the progression of the Philippines. Now doesn’t this seem like a more feasible, and not to mention, logical solution to our supposed Population Problem?
Which leads me to the question: What population problem? You mean the millions and millions of people living in Illegal settlements in Metro Manila? Here’s a thought… move them. No, no, no, not just MOVE THEM but MOVE THEM TO A PLACE THATS CONDUCIVE FOR HUMAN LIVING. Dammit, of course they’re going to put up a fight if you try to move them. In Metro Manila,while they may literally be living on mountains of crap and trash, at least they’re making 150Pesos a day.
But what if the government develops the rural provinces, via an agricultural route (which by the way, we’re supposedly really good at, because, well, we are an agricultural country) and move these illegal settlers within these communities, assuring them of 1) Jobs, 2) Water and Utilities 3) Schools for their children, 4) Public transport to ensure that they won’t have to spend much on a private car, and 5) Security, to, well, ensure they don’t get stabbed (which btw, is a prevailing factor among people living in the urban poor areas within Metro Manila). Now doesn’t this seem like a better idea than the RH Bill?
The only over populated areas in the Philippines are the Metropolitan areas, which Metro Manila leads by a landslide. If we introduce the RH Bill, NATIONWIDE, then that would mean that, in the long run, our country’s population will decrease exponentially, because let’s face it, no ones getting pregnant, and giving birth. And, choke on this, study geeks, never, in the history of CIVILIZATION has there ever been a country that progressed because of the lack of manpower. If anything, the more people you have, the more manpower you have, and the more manpower you have, the more labor proficient your country becomes..which means… economic activity.. the main driver of commerce in a country. Who are we to say that we are an exception to this rule? To history? Look at the once powerful nations, and their decline because of a decreasing population. Singapore actually promotes getting pregnant and having a family to the point of giving tax breaks to people to have kids, even going so far as to create a whole marketing campaign for it. Wouldn’t that be nice? Get paid to have sex? Legally? and have kids?
We are a powerhouse in supplying manpower abroad… why the hell would we want to limit our own cash cow? OFW Remittances reached a whopping 21.3 Billion $$$ in 2010 alone (Thats over 905 BILLION PESOS). Are you telling me, that limiting our own population, which effectively would limit our workforce, would increase OFW Remittances? Hell no.
Cong. Eduardo Zialcita is right. Limiting our population isn’t the answer to impoverished individuals. If anything, increase in population is the answer. We are not overpopulated… we are over-congested in KEY areas of the country. Again, why not develop the cities outside of Metro Manila? The Provinces? Move the people away from the congestions? This may be a bit more costly, but this will greatly benefit the country in the long run, economically, and culturally. Western nations look up to us to feed their need for laborers and manpower (probably because of their own fauls via their respective RH Bills), why would we want to be like them, and start importing laborers as well, when we, as Filipinos, are clearly in demand? (and not just as Blue-Collar workers, mind you, we’re in demand as fucking professionals…boo yeah).
I find it really funny, as well, that the US is pushing this RH Bill towards us, saying that it did really well for their country, etc. etc. But at the same time, they’re experiencing underpopulation problems in their country, directly because of their loose stance on reproductive health. The same thing has been happening to countries in the European union and Japan. Simply put, more people are dying, but less and less people are being born to replace them. The result: underpopulation, and economic collapse. So why then, does the US support our RH Bill? Population is a country’s greatest treasure. Not dollars, not gold, but manpower. Which is why it is hard for me to fathom because the US seems to be in support of OUR RH Bill. In fact, in 1974, then US state secretary Henry Kissinger wrote a report on the implications of a worldwide population growth for US security and Interest. In this report 13 countries were deemed problematic for US Interests if the countries ever increased in population… The Philippines is one of them. I know this sounds made up, and, to be honest, kind of conspiracy theory-ish but it is true. Check it! The National Security Study Memorandum 200 Boo yah. This study promotes pushing contraception to these 13 countries. Oh my god. Btw, this may have JUST been a report in 1974, but it was duly enacted as part of a government program in 1975 by President Henry Ford.
I just find the notion of the Reproductive Health Bill so illogical. It says it’s there to cure Poverty when it clearly would CAUSE poverty. It say’s it’s there in support for women’s rights, wherein it clearly undermines the woman’s NATURAL biology of childbirth, and at the same time provides fatal health risks (and here too, and here) (via the chemicals present in these contraceptives to made available via the RH Bill). The only clear reason I can think of is that the amount of money Pharma companies will get from this bill being passed, not to mention the traditional kotong our politicians will recieve, is fucking ginormous.
So, by all means, Philippines. If you want to put more money in the pockets of our corrupt politicians, then please, support this Bill. If you want us to not have enough manpower that we’ll barely survive (Finland has been reported seeking more and more Fins for manpower services as it’s population is rapidly aging), then please support this bill. If we don’t want to force our government to improve living conditions within the country, and in effect develop the less-develop areas of the Philippines (something they’re supposed to do) then please, by all means, support the RH Bill.
If you notice, never have I mentioned the Catholic church in this entire article. Simply, because, like most Filipinos, I believe that, while the Catholic church has a say in this, as a Filipino congregation, not everyone in the country is a Catholic. Besides, this RH Bill is so illogical, we really do not need any Religious arguments to go against it. Passing the RH Bill, clearly is an insult to the intelligence of the Filipino people, regardless of Religions, Socio-economic class, gender, age, etc.
People, It’s a stupid bill. Let’s face it. We do have problems, but the RH Bill is not a solution, it’s an accompaniment.
So please, leave God out of it all you want, but you cannot deny the fact that this Bill is simply barking up the wrong tree. The RH Bill wont solve all the problems it’ll solve. If anything it’ll make them worse. People don’t get hurt from abortions because they’re illegal, they get hurt because it’s not a safe practice, wether legal or not. Plus, you know, there’s that whole guilt thing people talk about. Let’s face it, if there’s a medical condition about it, then it’s I’m sure as hell it’s not a good thing. Kinda like Syphilis.