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also emphasized the fact that the “aggressive distribution of condoms” in the said country made

it the worst victim of HIV-AIDS in East Asia.

And as for the RH Bill’s goal to ‘protect pregnant women against abortion and death’,


B. Suleik, Business writer for the Manila Bulletin, disagrees. On her aptly titled article “RH Billis unnecessary”

on May 11, 2011, she writes that we already have the Magna Carta of Women ineffect, which includes all the benefits for women that the RH Bill offers. In an earlier article on

March 24, 2011 titled “What the RH Bill is not”, Suleik strongly writes that the RH Bill is “in

fact a tyranny of half-

truths”, stating that developed countries really are at a risk of a so


‘demographic winter’, as in the situation of Thailand. Suleik also writes that instead of safety,

contraceptives that the Bill is moving to be distributed in fact lead to health risks for women,

such as breast cancer. She adds that “The State should govern, and not meddle in the Filipino’sindividual decision” and concludes that the Bill is not about freedom of choice or poverty


n. “It is about state control.”

Raul Nidoy, Opinion writer for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, writes on June 9, 2011 on his

article “


infatuation for RH Bill” that

contraception falsifies sex, casually calling

children as “unwanted and unplanned”. Nidoy mentions Nobel Prize winner and economist

George Akerlof, who, writing at the Quarterly Journal of Economics, published by the MITPress, described the effect of contraceptives: more premarital sex, more fatherless children andsingle mothers, and when contraceptives fail, more abortions.In January 31, 2011, the House of Representatives committee on population and family relationsapproved a consolidated version of the Bill. It still has a long way to go, though, since it needs topass the entirety of the Congress and the Senate, which is unlikely, remarks writer BernardoVillegas (mentioned earlier), due to legitimate questions being raised by Senate President JuanPonce Enrile, Senator Vicente Sotto, and of course, the Roman Catholic Church in thePhilippines.

It is easy to understand where the Catholic Church’s anti

-RH Bill views are coming from, sincethe Bill promotes planning life through artificial methods, something the Vatican has beenagainst ever since

. The Church’s stand has been very

visible, with prayer rallies attended by

thousands of Catholics, and gatherings of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines

(CBCP). Church leaders raise the morale by encouraging the rhythm method instead of contraceptives, taking up the standar

d of “Pro



saying that even though the RH Bill doesnot directly legalize abortion, this is where the path of contraception is headed.The Catholic Church is not alone in disagreeing with the RH Bill. In fact, CBCP EpiscopalCommission on Family and Life chairman and Pampanga Archbishop Paciano Aniceto statedthat

“This is not the fight only of Catholics. The Muslims…

the Evangelicals, and theEc

umenical Bishops’ Forum:

they are against it


President Benigno Aquino III has been an active supporter of the RH Bill, and Aniceto adds that

“There is no Catholic party but there is a Catholic vote. The one who placed him there as president is the majority…

and the majority are Catholics. Since he is the President of the whole

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