I am a Catholic and I strongly support the Reproductive Health Bill or simply the RH Bill that has been once again the center of hot debates and protests between those who support them and the Catholic clergy and all their minions. This very important piece of legislation has been stalled for years because of the strong pressure and meddling of the Catholic clergy into the affairs of the state and politicians surrendering their sworn oath to serve the people for fear of political survival. Before I go straight to my reasons why I support the RH Bill, I think people should first start to drop the term Catholic Church whenever they are referring to the Catholic clergy and all their minions who are against the RH Bill because, …first, the Catholic clergy and their supporters are not the whole of the Catholic Church for the Church is the whole body of believers and not the magisterium or the religious bureaucracy; …and second, because most Catholic faithful according to studies are for the RH Bill according to previous studies made and been reported on the media.
My reasons why I support the RH Bill are as follows:
1. Education is the key for well-informed decisions especially on the important issues that surround the family which affect individual health, family welfare and the future of the family and all its members. Without education, decisions as regards to the planning of the family may just be based on speculations, myths, impractical traditional beliefs, purely sexual impulses, and of course ignorance that obviously have negative consequences.
2. It is the duty of the state to educate its people as regards to the planning of the family and give them a wide array of choices in order to make a well-informed choice. Politicians who serve the State and the people have a sworn duty to protect the welfare of the Filipino family and not only of single religious denomination.
3. The Catholic Church nor any existing religious...
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