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Once again, the CBCP has denounced the RH Bill based on several baseless claims.
1. RH Bills will kill children.
When does human life begin? At fertilization, when the sperm penetrates the egg. This was the unanimous response of medical experts (including doctors from Harvard Medical School and the Mayo Clinic) at an eight day hearing of the US Senate.
Do birth control pills and the IUD kill the embryo? Yes, the pill has a secondary “postfertilization effect”, according to the scientific journal of the American Medical Association. The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology pronounced that the intrauterine device brings about the “destruction of the early embryo.”
When a parents opt to employ a contraceptive, the parents engage in a sexual activity but responsibly avoiding the woman to get pregnant. Whether it be a natural or artificial contraceptive method, it will not result to pregnancy, thus no fertilized ovum is killed.
Even among embryologists, the definition of the origin of life remains controversial. Not everyone of them are in unison when does life exactly begin. If FERTILIZATION is taken as the beginning of life, what life will be killed when a contraceptive will prevent ovulation (thus no egg is released to be fertilized), or fertilization (where sperm and egg cannot meet, and thus no life is formed to be killed?)? How can there be a post-fertilization effect of the pill when the pill does not allow eggs to be released to be fertilized in the first place? A simple logic and rational thinking is in order.
IUD has different levels of contraceptive effect. 1) the copper serves as spermicide, 2) it serves as physical barrier for the union of sperm and ovum, and 3) it MAY prevent implantation of fertilized ovum. First, the woman should have regular consultation with the health care provider to check if the device is in its PROPER place. Failures of IUD often is due to the woman’s poor compliance with regular check-ups.
2. The RH Bills will injure women’s health.
Is the pill safe? The International Agency for Research on Cancer in 2007 reported that the pill causes cancer, giving it the highest level of carcinogenicity, the same as cigarettes and asbestos. It also causes stroke, and significantly increases the risk of heart attacks.
Given: All medications have a side and adverse effect, no matter how safe they may be. A person can have an idiosyncratic reaction even to the safest drug, such as acetaminophen.
Is the contraceptive pill safe? What does the contraceptive pill contain? The latest available contraceptive pill contains either pure progesterone, or combined estrogen-progesterone pill (at a low dose). The estrogen level s at a low concentration so as to avoid persistent spotting from pure progesterone pill.
Breast Cancer: Which component of the pill causes cancer? Estrogen does. Estrogen may cause breast cancer, myoma, etc. So if a woman has a regular menstrual cycle, meaning every month beginning menarche (1st menstruation) until menopause, it means that every month, she has estrogen elevation. This estrogen elevation is a risk factor for a woman to develop disorders related to elevation of estrogen, like breast cancer (in SOME, NOT ALL), myoma because the estrogen is “unopposed.” On the other hand, if the woman get’s pregnant, wherein, in a span of 9 months, she will not have menstruation, it means that there is also a 9-month period that she will be free from estrogen level elevation, this will be protective for her, thus lesser gynecologic cancers.
If the woman is on contraceptive pill where she becomes amenorrheic (no menstruation), then there is no estrogen elevation. This then protects the woman from generating breast cancer and the like.
A family history of breast cancer however is a very strong risk for developing breast cancer. Please remember these snippets:
- Not all breast cancer patients took contraceptive/hormonal pills. In fact, a colleague of mine, single, virgin, never got pregnant, never took contraceptive pills, died from breast cancer.
- Not all who took contraceptive/hormonal pills developed breast cancer.
- Males, who dont consume contraceptive pills, can still develop breast cancer.
Hypertension as a result of contraceptive pills is DOSE-RELATED. That was the older formulation. The newer contraceptive pills have lower concentration of estrogen.
Venous thrombosis: use of oral contraceptives is not associated with detectable hypercoagulable state, users at a greater risk for thromboembolism include women who smoke heavily, women with high or abnormal blood lipids, women with severe diabetes with damage to the arteries, women with consistently elevated blood pressures, and women who are obese.
3. The RH Bills will destroy the family.
Will the greater availability of contraception improve the conditions of the family?Contraceptives bring about the downgrading of marriage, more extramarital sex, more fatherless children, more single mothers, according to the studies of Nobel prize winner, George Akerlof.
Lack of appropriate sex education brought about the sudden increase in teenage sex and pregnancies. Philippines is now the leading country as far as teenage pregnancy is concerned. What have the church done instead to decrease this incidence? Banning girls to wear sleeveless, short skirts when attending church? Boy, it was and is still very effective.
Contraceptives can bring downgrading of marriage? When couples plan their family, they will have limited number of children. This will then empower them and be responsible parent. Families are the basic unit of a society. An empowered family means empowered society.
Will the use of condoms lower the rate of HIV/AIDS in a country? It will increase it, according to the “best evidence” in the world, concluded Harvard Director for AIDS Prevention, Edward C. Green. Availability of condoms makes people take wilder sexual risks, thus worsening the spread of the disease.
Lack of appropriate sexuality education in the Philippines, lack of use of contraceptives, especially barriers (condom) has significantly lead to dramatic increase of HIV-AIDS cases in the country. Introduction of condom has lead to the dramatic decline of spread. Porn stars, who works by having entertainment sex, are not the ones with the most HIV-AIDS affliction due to condom use.
5. The RH Bills are based on wrong economic.
Is there a correlation between population growth and economic development? “No correlation” is the answer of Simon Kuznets, Nobel Prize winner in the science of economics.
Is population control one of the ingredients for high economic growth? No. This is the conclusion of the 2008 Commission on Growth and Development headed by Nobel prize winner Michael Spence. The factors for high growth are: leadership, openness to knowledge, stable finances, market allocation, investment and savings.
Adolescent or teenage pregnancy is defined as pregnancy in girls aged 19 or younger. In the United States, adolescent pregnancy and babies born to adolescents have dropped since reaching an all-time high in 1990. This is mostly due to the increased use of condoms. Adolescent pregnancy is a complex issue with many reasons for concern. Kids age 12 – 14 years old are more likely than other adolescents to have unplanned sexual intercourse . They are more likely to be talked into having into sex. Up to two-thirds of adolescent pregnancies occur in teens age 18 – 19 years old.
Risk factors for adolescent pregnancy include:
- Younger age
- Poor school performance
- Economic disadvantage
- Older male partner
- Single or teen parents (1)
(image credit: http://www.cdc.gov/TeenPregnancy/AboutTeenPreg.htm)
Developing countries proudly claim of steadily declining prevalence of teenage pregnancies, thanks to a functioning reproductive health program. On the contrary, our country’s demographics surged by 70% in a decade’s period. It is not dumbfounding to learn this as we have no reproductive health program in effect.
Here are some actual cases I have come across with…
Case 1. 15-year-old innocent girl, living with her grandmother, acquaints with a 21-year-old guy she first knew as text mate. On their first meeting, the girl was talked to having sex. Being innocent that she is, she agreed. A few days later, she became pregnant while the guy never showed up thereafter.
Case 2. 15-year-old third year high school student begets a boyfriend who is 17-years old. No guidance from parents, no sex education. As teenagers, they tend to experiment. Girl became pregnant.
Case 3. 17-years old female freshman, meets a fellow 17-year-old boyfriend. She became pregnant and delivered. Luckily the baby was healthy.
Case 4. 19 years old girl became pregnant while studying in the city. Parents of both are from the province. She never told anyone except her boyfriend that she was pregnant. She never went home while pregnant. She never had prenatal check-ups. At 28 weeks of pregnancy, she had preterm labor and she had to be admitted for control of labor. Labor couldn’t be controlled and she had to deliver prematurely. Baby was admitted immediately to the neonatal ICU. Only then were the parents of both the teenagers notified – that the girl was pregnant, that she delivered, that the baby was premature, and that the baby is in critical condition. (Can you imagine how shocked the parents were upon learning all these facts in a few minutes phone call?) The grandparents then rushed to attend to the mother and the baby. Unfortunately, baby had severe complications and didn’t make it.
Case 5. 13-years old girl, just recently graduated from elementary school, allowed to have a boyfriend, who was 15. She became pregnant and had to undergo emergency cesarean section for complications of labor.
Case 6. 19-years old student in an urban school while parents were left in the province. At 2nd year college, she stopped, kept on dating boyfriend, but pretending she was still going to classes. Her allowance was being used for their dates and what have you. She became pregnant but never informed parents of the condition. One time, mother visited her (while she was 28 weeks old pregnant). She had abdominal cramps. Her mother thought she was having appendicitis. She was brought to the emergency room of a nearby hospital. The initial attending resident was a surgeon, as expected by the mother, called an obstetrics resident, which surprised the mother. Upon evaluation by the OB resident, clueless that the mother didn’t know her daughter was pregnant, informed the mother the her daughter is about to give birth as the cervix was already fully dilated. She had to undergo immediate cesarean section as the baby was in breech position. (Preterm babies usually have bigger head relative to their body size. Thus when in breech position, there is a tendency for the head to be trapped within the uterus after the body was delivered, hence the indication for cesarean delivery). Baby was critical and was then at the neonatal intensive care unit. Luckily, they were able to support the needs of the baby and the latter survived.
I could go on enumerating cases with various surrounding circumstances and dramas. For as long as the Catholic Church keeps on intervening and “shielding” these young people with its infallible “teaching” and “morality,” preventing formal sex and reproductive health education to be incorporated into the student’s curricula, this social problem will keep on occurring, increasing and menacing each family, as what obviously happened; 70% increase over a 10-year period!
Seriously, THIS HAS TO STOP!