Miriam asks: Are you in favor of the RH Bill?

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago is leaving this weekend for The Hague, Netherlands to kick-start her campaign as the country’s official nominee to the International Criminal Court as one of its judges. Santiago is also the author and co-sponsor of the Reproductive Health bill in the Senate. She and Sen. Pia Cayetano have teamed up to defend the bill in the Senate plenary.

A survey conducted last June found that:

  • 82% of Filipinos say “the choice of a family planning method is a personal choice of couples and no one should interfere with it”
  • 73% of the respondents agree that “if a couple wants to plan its family, it should be able to get information from government on all legal methods;” and
  • 68% agree that “the government should fund all means of family planning, be it natural or artificial means”

Although these numbers are overwhelmingly in favor of the controversial law, Miriam is asking her fans, supporters, and also her critics of their position on the RH Bill: should or shouldn’t it pass into law?  Are you in favor of the RH Bill? Enter your vote in the simple survey form in the right sidebar and leave your comments in this post.

UPDATE: For those still looking for a copy of the bill, here is Senate Bill No. 2865 (per Committe Report No. 49) from the website of the Philippine Senate. 

129 thoughts on “Miriam asks: Are you in favor of the RH Bill?”

  1. Let’s face the facts. Sexuality is a deeply MORAL issue. One cannot ignore the significance of conscience in this area.

    As we perhaps have learned by now, the Catholic Church affirms the intrinsic immorality of the use of contraceptives, where the spouses attempt to engage in the marital act but at the same time, in a manner that is objectively closed to the possibility of life albeit being its natural consequence.

    Such mentality is essentially anti-life, rejecting and preventing a life that should have been conceived by the marital act. Further, some contraceptives have been also scientifically proven to prevent an ALREADY FERTILIZED EGG from implanting to the uterus, killing a human life that has ALREADY BEGUN.

    Contraception is also anti-family and anti-marriage, as it favors and promotes immoral sexual relationships (eg. pre-marital/extra marital) that would otherwise be discouraged by pregnancy. It fosters a selfish practice of sexuality merely founded on the pursuit of pleasure, without the openness to the responsibility of parenthood, self-donation, and discipline. Its destructive effects to the family have been affirmed by studies confirming the correlation of increasing contraceptive use and escalation of divorce rates.

    These reasons are not sectarian or exclusively Catholic. They are accessible to common reason and should bother the consciences of Catholics and non-Catholics alike.

    Therefore, I STRONGLY OPPOSE the provisions of the RH Bill that are WITHOUT RESPECT the consciences of Filipino citizens who are convinced of the immorality of contraception, namely: that of forcing health workers or government officials to assist in promoting, instructing, or distributing contraceptives under fine and imprisonment; AND the use of public funds to sponsor contraceptive use.

    These disrespect the consciences of taxpayers who are forced to become accomplices to practices they hold to be immoral and harmful to the married life. They put health workers and government officials in a hard situation where one is given the choice to assist in immorality or be penalized.

    Contraception is NOT A RIGHT, for a person can never claim to deserve access to an immoral and harmful option. But the freedom to act according to one’s conscience – this is a universally accepted right and must be upheld to the fullest degree possible.

    I hope our senators would be enlightened to reject a bill that is oppressive to the consciences of Filipino citizens and essentially destructive to the Filipino family.

  2. Further, as the survey in this article affirms:

    “82% of Filipinos say “the choice of a family planning method is a personal choice of couples and no one should interfere with it”

    Thus, the government should not interfere with this deeply moral issue. It should not force taxpayers to sponsor contraception nor force its citizens to assist in its practice by the strength of law.

    Being a PERSONAL CHOICE, let the couples seek the information on contraceptives by themselves and purchase them themselves. Let those who believe in contraceptives promote them, disseminate information on them, or sponsor them by themselves. Why force conscientious objectors to become accomplices to its practice through this oppressive law?

  3. NO TO THE RH BILL!!!

    here are some questions that i’d like to ask our pro-RH lawmakers:

    1. why are they so afraid of legislating defining that life begins at fertilization and that the fertilized ovum/zygote/embryo is a human being?

    2. if contraceptives work only in preventing the union of the sperm and the egg, shouldn’t defining that life begins at fertilization be constitutionally sound?

    3. are they afraid that if we legislate that life begins at fertilization, drugs and devices such as hormonal contraceptives and intrauterine devices which have post-fertilization effects will be considered as having abortifacient effects and will therefore be deemed illegal?

  4. I am in favor of the RH Bill. Even Father Bernas of Ateneo Law agrees that in using contraceptive pill no abortion is committed. Reproductive health information and education is long over due to be accessible to Filipino women to better prepare for the future of their family.

  5. Pabor ako sa RH bill. Kawawa ang mga batang naipapanganak pero wala namang makain at hindi mabigyan ng basic needs. Kawawa ang mga magulang na halos magpakamatay na mapakain lang ang limang (o higit pa) anak.

    The family is the basic unit of society. Kaya kapag malusog at maayos ang isang pamilya, maaari ito maging daan sa magandang pundasyon ng lipunan.

  6. I am definitely in favor of the RH/RP bill. I came from a family of ten, my parents and my 7 siblings. The number of family members really is a factor in the division of everything the family have. And during times of scarce resources, sacrifices and edgy adjustments happen which can be overwhelming especially if the parents are not responsible. It is always a case in every society that if its head is not sufficient in its duty to provide for the state, the consequences leads to a really huge problem. The birth of dissatisfaction and loss of freedom to live to one’s ideals or goals due to pressed stretching of resources. The bill guarantees a chance for every Filipino family to act in accordance to their will to do something for themselves and the nation’s future. Religious beliefs should not be an excuse to deny progress and reality. How can a woman put into priority the joy of motherhood over that of a happy child? Isn’t educating herself about her body and health a better way? Also, if a woman believes that it is a sin to re-educate and empower one’s self then why would she even conceive a child that will be deprived of survival needs? She is just being plain selfish, and that is certainly un-christian.I have read the debates held about the bill in our country and have seen and heard about pros and cons done on national TV. The issues on poverty, morality and motherhood as directly related to the bill if ever approved. I must say that the moral aspect is between a child and that child’s parents, values starts from the home. It depends largely on the parents while the baby grows up. Nurturing a child/a life cannot simply rely on God’s will, the parents should be responsible. Parents who will bloat their family’s population without regard on how to provide and live for and with them cannot simply say “its better to have many child, I don’t want to plane cause its a sin to God and I don’t want to sin cause I’ll go to hell”…ok! their children’s lives will be a living hell while the parents can go about day dreaming abour their promised heaven for not planning. So selfish!, so un-christian! Doing something out of fear over doing things for love are entirely different. Filipinos should face the responsibility, its time! Go madame senator, support the bill and have it passed!

  7. Yes, I am very much in favour of RH Bill.

    However, I would like to hear Senator Revilla join the debate in Tagalog. And why not if that is the language he is comfortable with. I must admit that whilst I am a University graduate, I find that when it comes to polictical debates, I am sad to say that I miss out on a lot of points.

  8. i am pro RH Bill.simply lang po ang dahilan ko.hindi lang po ang mga taong nandirito sa mundo ngayon ang may karapatang mabuhay ng maayos.pati na rin po ang mga susunod pang henerasyon.kung patuloy nating aabusuhin ang karapatan nating magparami hindi lang ang mga sarili natin ang pinapahamak natin kung d pati na rin ang ibang mga buhay.anong mas pipiliin nila,abortion?o ang mas mabuting pamamaraan na walang nilalabag na ano mang batas.sabi nga po ng panginoon,ano mang labis ay masama kaya hindi natin dapat abusuhin ang sagradong karapatan na ibinigay sa tin ng diyos.isa pa ang pamilyang may mas maraming anak ay siya ring mas nahihirapan sa buhay.

  9. i am super pro sa RH Bill.Hindi nman kase ang simbahan ang nagpapakain at tumutulong sa mga mahihihirap.eh hindi nga sila kinakaltasan ng tax eh.try kaya nilang masisi sa tumataas na bilang ng mga mahihirap.people always blame the government for it.nasa tao na yun kung paano sila magisip.it’s just that the church is too impulsive on their idea.i may not be able to call my self as a good catholic but perfectly i’m a good christian.i believe in God but i’m not a fanatic of the church.

  10. Ang RH BILL ay mabibigay daan na sa kahit na sinong di kasal o di ninanais ng ka-partner niya makipagtalik!

    Ang RH BILL ay sumasaklob sa legal abortion!

    ANg RH BILL ay nagbibigay ng kapangyarihan para macontrol ang kagandahang nilikha ng Diyos…

    Mas nag mamarunong na kayo sa Diyos.. Purkit may point kayong lahat na possible tong makatulong.. Pero hindi 100% itong Mabuti para sating lahat.. At hindi man lang to makakatulong kahit kalahati ng kahirapan para matugunan.. Imbes na PAGKAIN ang ipalakad.. Kung anu-anung LOBO na pag pumutok ay wala din! HINDI YAN MAKAKAIN NG KABATAAN..!! :((

    ANONG KLASENG TAO BA KAYO?
    KAMPON BA KAYO NG KADILIMAN?
    nawalang gusto gawin o paningigan kung saan mas nakakagaan na walang kahirap-hirap?? Bakit napunta ba sa kahirapan ang Pilipino ..Di ba sa Ka-Corruption ng ibang namahala ng Kaban ng Bayan! Dahil sainyo pati ang Batas ng Diyos tatapatan ng Batas na di hamak na katulad nating nilikha lang ng Maykapal.

  11. sus.. dapat hindi yan ipasa. bakit kami ng bf ko? ilang besis na may nangyari samin bakit marunong kami ng natural methods? Kahangalan yan.. Dapat ang patupadin lang ang “SEX EDUCATION” hindi kung anu-anung Bill! Ang Education na yan ay para sa bobong malilibog.. na dapat malaman nila ang RESPONSIBILITY ng gagawen nila Tayo mga tax-payers! Dyan lang mapupunta sa CONTRACEPTIVES.. Okay sana kung sa pag-kain at pagpapa-unlad ng mahihirap. magisip nga kayo.

  12. wag naman tayong mag pakakitid ng utak.. RH Bill is an option and tulong for us Filipinos to control our population.. ang simbahan numero unong tutol sa RH bill dahil hindi maka Dyos ang pamamaraan, education itself cannot save this country for having millions and millions of populations na hindi naman kayang buhayin.. we need assistance from the government to reach out and mag educate talaga with follow up..

  13. In one of the comments I have read, one said that the government should not interfere with this moral issue and should not force the citizens to fund it. I contend that poverty have forced our government to fund a lot of projects for the poor from taxes mostly paid by responsible citizens able to pay taxes. Taxpayers don’t get free housing while most of the poor benefit from it through free healthcare, education, housing, etc. Our country could have been better off than Thailand if we have utilized our resources to a lesser population. It is simply like the law of supply and demand when we have more demand than supply then we get a shortage… from the shortage comes increase in taxes and/or increase in foreign debt for our government to cope with the needs of its people.

  14. Bakit po pag may debate sa family planning palagi pumapasok ang phrase sa bible go and multiply??? e kung go and multiply bakit sinasabing immoral ang human cloning di ba multiplication naman yun exponential nga ung pagdami noon e…. how do we define morality hmm by the book ba na few lng ang nakakaintindi or by faith to god who gave you the freedom of choice or by the laws of men or the laws of the church na sometimes selfish about information to its very core.. and i am catholic and i think this religion is great but the one who governs it is not… same as the goverment… but the goverment gave information not like the church some times gives personal opinion… and why the church practice the phrase go and multiply?? and why don’t act on child abuse and rape incident done by its member the let them free… hmmmmm

  15. favor po ako sa rh bill.. napanood ko po ang ilan sa mga nakaraang debate tungkol sa rh bill at nabasa ko rin po ang mga nilalaman nito.. matibay rin po ang paniniwala ko sa relihiyon pero po ang rh bill ay hindi naman po matuturing na isang abotion katulad po ng laging sinasabi ng ilang anti-rh bill.. at ang rh bill po ay hndi lng sagot sa lumolobong populasyon kundi ito po ay tumutulong din upang pangalagaan ang kalusugan ng mga ina…
    eto po ang isang patunay… ayon po sa akin ding nabasa sa http://www.princeton.edu/~prolife/articles/embryoquotes2.html

  16. i believe that armed with the correct information people will understand what the rh bill is all about. if we target the people esp. those in the lower income strata they will appreciate what is in it for them.for our people to have a better future and for our country, we have to explain to them, educate them in the language that they would understand and appreciate. go sen. miriam please let them see the light! :)

  17. Sana lang mapansin nyo to,

    Maraming favor sa RH bill at isa na ako dun… at sana maipasa ang batas nayan at huwag makialam pa ang simbahan este hindi mismo simbahan yung mamumuno pala sa simbahan opinion agad nila sa dami daming pedeng asikasuhin lagi nalang sila ang kontra ano yan KSP, kung yung pinagmulan nga na bansa ng religios na yan meron ng batas na ganyan satin pa kaya, Hindi na lang lotto yung asikasuhin nila.. bakit dun wala silang reklamo eh isang klase ng sugal yun bakit? kasi nakikinabang sila tama…

  18. Just my opinion:

    Di ako pabor sa pag-pasa ng batas na ito. Pero di ibig sabihin na talagang Anti-RH Bill ako.

    Ang RH Bill may maraming magandang mga mgandang programa, at panukala. Pero, meron din iilan dito ang di maganda. Aminado ako na mas marami ang maganda, at matutulungan, pero meron ding di magandang maidudulot.

    Di lang dapat basta ipasa ang isang bill, para sa akin, upang i-serve ang magagandang maidudulot nito, tapos may mga masamang epekto din ito.

    Kung sa mga mag-asawa, sa tingin ko walang masama kung gagmit sila nila. Choice nila yun. Tama ang mga nagsusulong na tulungan sila ng gobyerno. Pero isang masamang epekto nito ay yung mga kabataan. Although may sex education tayo na malalaman sa RH Bill, may mga possibleng masamang epekto ito sa mga kabataan. Laganap na ang premarital sex, o fornication ba yun, tingin ko mas lalaganap pa ito. Isa lang ito sa possible masamang epekto.

    Eto simpleng tanong, pag naituro sa mga kabataan ang Sex Education, kahit isang porsyento ba, di lalong maiisip ng mga kabataan na “may condom naman pala eh, 15 anyos lang tayo, pwede na, di naman tayo mabubuntis”? Kahit di ituro ang Condom, etc sa mga kabataan, IMPOSIBLENG di nila malaman yun. Although, sa tingin ko din, ituturo ang values education sa Sex Education, mahirap padin.

    Ang nakikita ko kasi ngayon, parang nagiging excuse ng mga magulang yung wala silang oras, etc, para di nila mapag-usapan ng mga anak nila yun. Na dapat sa school pa manggaling ang pagtuturo nga Sex Education. Diba dapat sa atin yun mga magulang?

    I seek revisions, para kung kahit papaano ma-eliminate natin yung mga masamang epekto nito sa lipunan, lalo na sa kabataan. YES baba o di gnun tataas ang Population natin, Mas maganda ang Health Care sa mga Ina, pero kung maaapektuhan ay yung moralidad ng mga kabataa natin (hindi yung moralidad ng mga mag-asawa sa contraceptives), ibang usapan na yan.

    I’m somewhat in the middle. Pero kung kailangan kong bumoto, I’ll vote for Anti-RH Bill. Di ko ipapapasa ang batas na may masama ding epekto.

  19. kakatawa nman ang comment ng iba rito.halatang di binasa ang articles RH bill…saklaw din po ng RH Bill ang Sex Education,in fact sa RH bill binibigyan pa nito ng diin..hay naku…

  20. I am in favor of the Reproductive Health Bill. With the current up-rise of population that is no more relative to the resources of the Philippines, proper management is not sufficient to solve the problem. I believe that compulsion of the RH Bill to the masses will regulate the proportionality between Filipinos and resources. It will not stop life nor regulate the same, it will only provide for choices that shall be enjoyed by a family beneficial them. It will help them opt for the structure of the family in congruence to their capacity. The RH bill will be the best instrument to shape the society.

  21. para kay “no need to mention”

    alam mo pre mahirap na ang bansang pilipinas practical lang dapat.. eto na ang daan para ma solusyonan ang kahirapan ng bansa, nasa tao naman yun.. ikaw ang mag dedisisyon para sa sarili mo

    “RH BILL ay mabibigay daan na sa kahit na sinong di kasal o di ninanais ng ka-partner niya makipagtalik”

    bakit ano ba ang nangyayari ngayon? mapipigilan mo ba? diba ganon rin nasa tao naman yun kung papayag siya or hindi na makipag sex,, kailangan lang din ay faith in GOD kung ano ginagawa mo at alam mo ang tama at mali, saka kailangan na talagang bawasan ang populasyon ng pilipinas, kung mababawasan mabibigyan ng tamang sapat na edukasyon ang mga bata..

    dapat kay “no need to mention” mabigyan ng aral ni Sen. Merriam…

  22. isa po ako sa mga mang mang na hindi nagbabasa sa provision ng rh bill.
    isa rin po ako sa hindi nakaintindi sa pangkalahatang mensahe ng rh billl dahil hindo ako nagbabasa.
    isa po ako sa mga nagreact sa rh bill kahit hindi ko binabasa ito.
    At dahil nagawa ko ang isa sa mga ito, ako ay hangal at mangmang.
    kailangan kong magbasa ng rh bill at manood ng mga debate sa youtube.
    Mabuhay ang mga hangal at mang mang!

  23. Hi! Kung sinasabi niyo na hindi malaking problema ang lumulobong populasyon ng Pilipinas, edi kayo magpakain sa kanila. Di naman pala problema sa inyo diba? Ang kapal ng mukha niyong sabihin yan ha. Sabihin niyo lang yan kapag kaya niyo nang pakainin ang buong bansa. Nagmamayabang kayo dyan, kitid naman ng utak niyo. Magsama kayo ng religion forever. Hindi lahat ng turo ng religion niyo, totoo. Please lang, be open-minded bitchezzzzzz. Saka karamihan naman sa inyo, don’t practice what you preach eh. Wag makitid ang utak ppl. Nagmumukha kayong hypocrite. /KairitaForever
    #AngHypocriteLangNgIbangTao #ThisIsWhyIHateFilipinosSometimes
    #PleaseHelpThoseWhoAreAgainstRHBill

    Padagdag pala. Saka kung pro-life stand niyo, wag tanga ha. Kasi ang RH Bill, sinusuportahan lang ang pagkakaroon ng sapat na healthcare at kalinga ng mga babae. Tignan mo mga babae sa Pinas. Marami sa kanila, payat at mahina. DAHIL SA ANAK NG ANAK, DI NAMAN MAPAKAIN. BOBO NIYO PALA EH. PINAPLANO ANG PAMILYA, KUNG WALA KA RIN NAMANG TRABAHO EH WAG MAKAPAL MUKHA NA MAG-ANAK NG MARAMI HA KASI DAGDAG LANG SA TAO SAKA PAHIRAP PA. KAIRITA KAYONG LAHAT NG HYPOCRITE AT TANGA SA PILIPINAS PLEASE BE OPEN-MINDED PPL. PRO-LIFE KA DYAN, BAKIT ANTI-RH BILL KA KUNG PRO-LIFE KA? TANGA O BOBO? EW EW EW MGA TAONG KATULAD NIYONG TANGA, BOBO, CLOSED-MINDED AT HYPOCRITE EW

    XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO
    WITH LOVE.

  24. okay pa-comment ulit. This is for the Church.

    Okay. Ang kapal ng mukha ng church na sabihin na immoral daw ang RH Bill. Wow ha. Ang ingay niyo pag RH Bill, eh pag mga scandals ninyo, tahimik bigla? Maraming PEDOPHILE NA PRIESTS NGAYON, K ARAMIHAN BASTOS PA. WALANG MODO. PARI BA SILANG MAITUTURING? ANG KAPAL NG MUKHA NIYONG SABIHING NAPAKA-IMORAL NG RH BILL PERO KAYO MISMO DYAN SA SIMBAHAN, IMORAL DIN. PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH HA. PAG NA-EDUCATE ANG BUONG BANSA, MAWAWALAN KAYO NG DEVOTEES. DI NA NGA KAYO BINUBUWISAN DYAN EH. DAPAT I-TAX ANG PROPERTIES NG CHURCH. MAYAMAN KAYO TAPOS DI NIYO MAITULONG SA MAHIHIRAP? CHRISTIAN VALUES DAW HA. SAKA NASAAN NA YUNG SINASABI NILANG CHURCH OF THE POOR? NAGING CHURCH OF THE RICH AND POWERFUL NA BA? NAGING MATERIALISTIC NA RIN KAYO KAYA WAG NIYONG SABIHIN NA KAMPI KAYO SA MAHIRAP.

    HYPOCRITE CHURCH. HYPOCRITE HYPOCRITE KAYO
    CHRISTIAN AKO PERO ALAM KO ANG PINAGLALABAN KO.
    HATE THE CHURCH. HYPOCRITES. TAHANAN NA NG HYPOCRITES, PEDOPHILES, AT MGA BASTOS AT WALANG MODO ANG SIMBAHAN. WOOOO YES! KAPAL NG MUKHA FOREVER NG CHURCH

    XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO

  25. LET US WAKE UP OUR MIND PEOPLE!!!!! LET US HELP OUR KABABAYAN AND COUNTRY MAKAANGAT…SOS! RH BILL WILL BE A GREAT CONTRIBUTION OR GREAT HELP FOR US PARA NAMAN UMASENSO TAYO! DON’T WORRY. WALA NAMANG MANGYAYARING ABORTION DITO WHICH IS BAWAL KAY GOD. BASAHIN NIYO AT UNAWAIN KASI MAIGI UNG NILALAMAN NG BILL N ITO…HAY! JUICE KO PO.

  26. Approve RH Bill NOW although The Roman Catholic is so divided by this issue. Alalahanin niyo simbahang katoliko ang humabol kay Copernicus, sabi lang naman ng pobre eh that there is sun, it occupies the center place and all the planets revolve around it. He almost suffered all his life for this scientific declaration. Ngayon ipinanganak si Galileo isa rin, sinabi niya may araw at lahat umiikot dito. Pero ipinakulong siya ng katoliko, inassasinate natorture pa. ibig lang sabihin nagkakamlali rin tayo. Huwag naman nating isipin na tama ang lahat ng pinagsasabi nati. Bakit kaya ba ng katoliko iresolba ang moral issues like war and peace, poverty or corruption? Hay diyos Ko……………..

  27. Its a coincidence na padpad ako sa blog na to .. naghahanp ako ng thesis related sa sex .. I read all the comments im a minor but Iam a citizen .. tingnan nyo po ang both parties ang simbahan at ang gobyerno .. dahil hati ang pilipinas sa kapangyarihan una po nating bigyang pansin kung sino ang gumagawa ng aksyon sa naghihirap nting kababayan sino ang apektado sa kahirapan? ako ay anak ng pastor kaya walang duda sa stand ko about god.. ang problema po kasi dito ay nagaganap na po ang mga ito hindi na po ito prevention ito na po ang solusyon oo at may part medyo related sa abortion at sex ito ang malaking point dito ay hindi ito pwersahan sa desisyon ng tao kung gagamit sila o mag papalaglag sila in the sense na ung desisyon pa lang kasalanan na.. medyo magulo nga po ang usaping rh bill but then himayhimayin nten ung positive sides wag lang puro mali ..

  28. Yes to RH Bill. If only these people are fully educated on what the RH Bill stands for, they’re not going to be close-minded about it. First and foremost, Choices shouldn’t be forced by Catholics or any religion..We have free will 2. If your beliefs are DEEPLY ROOTED on your beings then you’re not going to be threatened by this.. isn’t it the same for Religions who opposes it? 3. If contraceptives are used way hand, Sperm and Egg won’t meet.. therefore, there’s no conception..so don’t be such a pushover saying it prevents the birth of a child.-NO CONCEPTION. 4. What is abortion? RH Bill does not legalize it.. so chill out. 5. You’re not putting your shoes on our fellow countrymen who cannot afford contraception.. child birth..moreover RAISING a/ANOTHER child. 6. RH BILL is a choice which is FREE.
    You may not liked it..but people NEEDS it.

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