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Kill Bill 5043 October 11, 2008

Posted by Maddog in Prolife Issues, Religion and Social Issues.
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Congressman Lagman’s anti-life Bill pending in Congress is now known as consolidated House Bill 5043. Sadly, it contains the same abortion-promoting and coercive provisions as previous versions.

Couples for Christ has launched an online campaign against this monstrosity posing as a “health” Bill.

Kill Bill 5043

There’s another petition against HB 5043, this time created by an individual. Please sign this too!

No to Reproductive Health Bill (HB5043)

Be counted and kill this murderous Bill! We have to stand and protect the rights of unborn children and the right of each of person to follow his conscience, free of government coercion. Online petitions may not have the force of written petitions with real signatures, but they do have some moral force. If you wish to register your opposition to this Bill online, you may do so using those petitions.

If you have time, you may also wish to write a letter to your favorite newspaper, your local government officials, and to your Congressman and any Senator. Let them know you are against this coercive and dangerous Bill.

And in 2010, make sure you DON’T vote for Lagman and his accomplices in Congress.

Resources (update to this post)



1. DJB Rizalist - October 15, 2008

Thanks for your recent comment at Filipino Voices on the Reproductive Health Bill. Your point about early chemical abortion brings up two things: (1) the present punishment for the crime of abortion is only prison correccional, six years in prison–do you support increasing the penal penalties considering that World Health Organization estimate half a million abortions annually in the Philippines; (2) can a person support the RH Bill and remain a devout and faithful Catholic? Should supporters not be excommunicated?

2. Maddog - October 15, 2008

Answer to 1: I am not privy to how stipulated prison sentences are computed, so I don’t know if prison correccional as punishment for abortion is anomalous. I do think, however, that the punishment should be similar to other forms of murder.

Answer to 2: That depends on how you define “devout and faithful”. A more useful perspective would be to ask whether support of this anti-life Bill would be consistent with Christian (not just Catholic) teaching. Since the Bill promotes abortifacients, it is certainly against the Christian teaching that prohibits the killing of the innocent (murder). Catholic doctrine from the earliest times of the Church has consistently held that abortion is wrong (despite the various personal opinions of some theologians and Churchmen).

Not all mortal sins incur excommunication, although directly procuring or assisting in an abortion does. I personally think that those legislators who pass this Bill ought to be excommunicated, but this is NOT a blanket, “condemn them all at once” matter. The Church usually considers this on a case-to-case basis.

One more point: the Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion organization, put the number of abortions in the Philippines at much less than half a million (300-400,000). Either way, that is mass slaughter. This anti-life Bill will make matters worse as it will also increase the number of early chemical abortions and the number of contraceptive failures (which will then lead to more abortion as a grisly “backup”).

3. DJB Rizalist - October 15, 2008

According to the Revised Penal Code the maximum prison sentence for abortion is six years for voluntary termination of a viable pregnancy not required to save the life of the mother. That is nothing like the punishment for murder.

Even admitting that there are only half the number of abortions reported by the World Health Organization–say 400,000–I know of not a single prosecution. I think abortion should remain illegal, but ought to be decriminalized, like suicide.

Any measure that reduces the number of abortions seems humane. So why do you oppose condoms, for example, which you admit is not an abortifacient, and has a finite chance of resulting in a pregnancy, similar to NFP methods?

Every baby born should be wanted.

4. Maddog - October 16, 2008

So the punishment is probably too light then.

But before we can even talk about changing the punishment, we have to make sure abortion remains illegal in the first place. The anti-life HB 5043, while paying lip service to keeping abortion illegal, actually tries to do the opposite. By promoting abortifacients and classifying them as essential medicines, the Bill will give legal approval to them and consequently the early-term abortions they cause. This, of course, is contradictory, but that’s what the Bill’s advocates try to hide, using all sorts of excuses and fallacious arguments.

HB 5043 is just the first step. With widespread contraceptive usage will come numerous contraceptive failures and even more of what you might call “unwanted” pregnancies. Then some wil begin to call for legalized abortion (which, they can point out, is already legal in the form of abortifacients classified as essential medicines). This is what has already happened in other countries.

There is a clear link between contraceptive use and abortion. Even the abortion industry admits this. You won’t cut down on abortions by distributing contraceptives. You will only increase it.

You will of course point out that in the US the abortion rate is going down. I will point out that it first shot up to its peak in 1981, and that there has been only a slow decline. This decline cannot be attributed to contraceptives. There were contraceptives in 1981 too and they did nothing to slow down the abortion rate. In fact, I would argue that they increased it.

The decline is likely due to (1) new methods that allow persons to cause abortions without clinical methods, known as “medication abortion”. Examples of these are emergency “contraceptives” and RU 486, the abortion pill. Such abortions are far less likely to be reported at all. (2) The US (and other countries) has a growing pro-life movement that has begun to chip away at the abortion behemoth. Its recent successes are also a factor. (3) Finally, there is also the effect of widespread use of abortifacients. Even though they cause perhaps millions of early-term abortions, such incidents are not reported as abortions.

Do you want abortions to shoot up first, and then slowly decline? Rolling the dice with such a slaughter is inhuman.

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