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An Open Letter to GABRIELA August 19, 2010

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The following “Open Letter to GABRIELA” was written by Ma. Andrea Mendigo, a member of the Ang Kapatiran Party. In it she notes the inconsistency in GABRIELA’s position on women’s rights and calls for true protection of the rights of all.

Well said, sister!

An Open Letter to GABRIELA

Dear Gabriela,

From your position paper entitled “Women N.O. to US Troops”, I am lifting the following questions:

Why sanction this rape of our national sovereignty? Why sanction this rape of our territory? Why allow the U.S. to impose its will on our country as a sovereign, independent state? The U.S. has declared an indefinite, borderless global war….We cannot be made a lame excuse for the U.S. to spread and strengthen its imperial designs in the whole of Southeast Asia, including the Philippines.

I am confident that most Filipinos, not just women, share your sentiments. I share them too. But the physical presence of US troops is just a small part of a continuum of US designs on our country motivated by their national self-interest. I invite you to research online the declassified National Security Study Memorandum 200, commissioned by Henry Kissinger during the Nixon administration. You will be surprised to learn that its title is: “Implications of Worldwide Population Growth for U.S. Security and Overseas Interests.” In this paper, 13 countries were targetted for depopulation, among them the Philippines. The “overseas interests” are mainly access to our natural resources like mining and fuel.

The current push of the U.S. and all its allied organizations like the the World Bank and the U.N. and its various agencies for the reproductive “health” bill is the strategy by which the U.S. will realize its objective.

If you were to cut and paste specific statements from NSSM200 and put them side-by-side with the Reproductive Health Bill, you will notice an uncanny correspondence.

Women are the specific targets of this campaign for population control. Gender equality at work and other opportunities, female education, the choice of when to have babies — all good in themselves — have been calculated to bring the fertility index down. You can argue: “What’s so bad about that? We are really overpopulated anyway.” Well, this is the myth and the carrot that we are being offered. If we don’t believe the myth and reject the carrot, the STICK will be quick to follow. (Should you wonder why there are more and more U.S. troops here? … Other sticks are the withholding of foreign aid packages. ) Oh, and the carrot? Billions of dollars for “incentives.”

I don’t know about you, but I am bothered by the rapid increase in permissiveness and the rapid decline of morality in our country. Many sectors in our society are encouraged to put religious principles aside. Why am I bothered, you ask? Because this has a direct impact on our perception of who can be considered human, and who cannot. You, my dear sisters at Gabriela, are so concerned about human rights. And rightly so. And you are specially concerned about women’s rights. Of course! You should be. And I applaud you for this. But our exercise of our rights should not be at the expense of another’s rights, lest we become the violators of the very principles we hold so dear. My right to swing my arm anyway I want to, ends where your nose begins because, if I continue, I would be guilty of assault when I hit your nose. Right? A woman’s right to do what she wants with her body has limitations. She cannot use her body to snuff out the life of another human being, whether that person is outside or inside her body.

A country that does not respect and defend the life of the most defenseless member of society — the preborn — will not succeed in upholding the right to life of the rest. It will self-destruct. And that’s what our enemies (friends?) want. That is part of the rationale behind the Church’s opposition to the Reproductive Health Bill.

A country that is morally weak will easily fall.

There are so many other issues connected with the RH Bill, but I will stop here.

Love,

A sister who cares

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Legal abortion violates human rights August 6, 2010

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The Ang Kapatiran Party (AKP) has issued a statement on the call by a foreign law firm for the legalization of abortion in the Philippines. The text is below.

PRESS STATEMENT
Ang Kapatiran Party
August 6, 2010

Legal abortion violates human rights

The Ang Kapatiran Party (AKP) condemns in the strongest possible terms the reckless, irresponsible, and inhuman call for the legalization of abortion in the Philippines by the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR). A foreign law firm, the CRR has released a report where it wrongly blames the continued criminalization of abortion as a source of women’s rights violations.

Our nation’s pro-life laws do not violate the rights of women. Rather, they protect the inalienable right to life of all persons, including the unborn, around half of whom are female. Abortion is the murder of the weakest and most innocent of all human beings. It is the ultimate violation of human rights.

The abortion industry is a worldwide monstrosity that has killed more human beings in just 40 years (approximately ONE BILLION unborn children) than all the wars in the history of mankind (around 400 million). This form of mass murder must not be made legal in the Philippines.

The CRR’s call for legal abortion also reveals the hidden agenda of the pro-RH advocates who are pushing for the passage of Congressman Edcel Lagman’s RH/Abortion Bill. No less than U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton has publicly acknowledged that the Obama administration’s worldwide reproductive health agenda — whose many agents in the Philippines receive its financial support either directly or indirectly — includes the promotion of abortion.

It is not surprising, therefore, that the Lagman bill explicitly funds the procurement and distribution of abortifacient contraceptives. Such contraceptives have been shown to cause early-term abortions by preventing the implantation and development of the fertilized egg — which is already a newly-conceived human being — in the womb. This is clearly against the Philippine Constitution which protects the unborn from conception which begins at fertilization (the union of sperm and egg).

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Support for RH Bill Debunked May 22, 2010

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A little-known survey released early this year revealed that 92% of Metro Manila residents are against the passage of the controversial reproductive health (RH) bill, also known as HB 5043. The poll has called into question claims of wide public support for the proposed measure made by its authors and supporters.

The Filipino Family Survey, conducted from December 2-9, 2009, was conducted by HB&A International Research using the experienced field personnel of the Asian Research Organization (ARO), the Philippine affiliate of Gallup International.

According to the new poll, a great majority of those surveyed reject the salient points of the RH bill. Some 92 percent do not agree with the plan to make available free of charge birth control pills and IUDs to young teenage children without parental consent, and 90 percent do not want the government to allocate extra funds to contraceptives to the detriment of essential medicines which address the country’s top causes of death such as heart disease, cancer, pneumonia and tuberculosis.

On sex education, 87% disagreed with allowing their children to be taught by school teachers about the technical and biological aspects of sex in a co-ed environment, and possibly tutored by their teachers if they are not up to par with their lessons. Instead, 88% of parents wished to be trained on how to teach their children correctly about sex.

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Sticking It to the RH/Abortion Bill December 3, 2009

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Just when things are looking bleak, the Lord sends some light to guide and inspire us.

The past few days have brought good news for those fighting to defend life. I was certainly happy to find these following gems in the news.

First we have the following piece by Roberto de Ocampo entitled Kill ‘Bill’? (http://opinion.inquirer.net/inquireropinion/columns/view/20091127-238839/Kill-Bill):

… one would think that I should be an obvious supporter of the Reproductive Health (RH) bill. I am not. I have serious misgivings about it.

First, I find it unnecessary. If as the supporters have time and again emphasized, the major shortcoming of our current population management program is the need for more widespread education and information, then I submit that the government presently has the breadth and depth of institutional capability to do this with the voluntary cooperation of the private sector, including the Church. If the observation is that the government has not done this well enough, this can be redressed with a good combination of political will and leadership and a better budget allocation, not a bill. True, the Church will promote only natural family planning methods. So be it. That’s the role and position of the Church. The state’s role is to help expand the public’s knowledge of choices, not limit it.

This leads me to my second serious misgiving, namely, the present draft bill contains punitive provisions that are tantamount to an affront to civil liberties and smack of religious persecution. Just read the section mandating private sector employees and private health practitioners to actively promote artificial birth control methods and distribute devices whether or not their conscience and religious convictions agree with the practice. Combine that with the section imposing penalties of imprisonment or fines or both if they don’t follow or are deemed guilty of “perceived violations” and tell me that the bill does not encroach on basic civil rights. Tell me that the bill does not unfairly force a person into a moral dilemma, a State-induced struggle of conscience. This is not education, it’s coercion. This is not choice, it’s threat.

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Finally, I find it truly disingenuous for anyone to proceed on the premise that the poor are to blame for the nation’s poverty. This seems to be one of the bill’s underlying economic philosophies—i.e., we could be such a richer nation if the poor would do something better than just go forth and multiply. Pardon me, but in the context of our income-distribution challenged society, the poor are often the victims, not the problem. And let’s not forget that it’s the poor, not the wealthy, whose acknowledged sacrifices as overseas workers are propping up this struggling economy. If a major concern of the bill is to help reduce poverty, then I cannot believe that the bill’s proponents and supporters are unaware of the many other major factors that are the root causes of poverty (poor governance, corruption, severely unequal distribution of wealth, low productivity, unattractive investment policies, etc.) and, of course, the many other alternatives that can be brought to bear to address them (giving up pork barrel, reforming land reform, raising tax collection efficiency, curtailing dynastic politics, etc.)

I am not the only one impressed by De Ocampo’s courageous stand. John-D Borra praises De Ocampo in his blog post, It Takes Courage to Choose Life (http://johndborra.blogspot.com/2009/12/it-takes-courage-to-choose-life.html).

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Bloggers Fight the RH Bill June 25, 2009

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Aside from this blog you’re reading right now, there are a number of other blogs set up by Filipinos that have been fighting against the so-called “Reproductive Health” bill (also known as HB 5043). I would like to feature a few of them today.

First off, we have a new blog devoted solely to fighting Lagman’s anti-life, RH bill. The blog is called The Catholic Position on the RH Bill, and it aims to make available all the major position papers, open declarations and statements against HB 5043.In the post, “The Reason for this Blog“, the author states:

This blog is an attempt to put in one place all the position papers, statements and declarations that have been published by Catholics and other Christians (in the Philippines and across the world) to counter the proponents of this proposed bill. It is important that the supporters of “reproductive health” realize that the position of the Catholic Church against this bill is based neither upon “unreasoning dogmatism” or on “fear of progress”, but upon a clear analysis of the real reasons for poverty and the social ills often wrongly attributed to alleged “overpopulation”, as well as upon a lucid understanding both of transcendent moral principles and of health facts that are often suppressed in favor of propaganda for contraception.

Random Thoughts and Musings, by WillyJ, is a personal blog. Although it isn’t only about the RH bill, Willy has spoken out against HB 5043 and in defense of life quite a number of times. His insights and sharp wit are valuable. He updates his blog fairly often so check it out regularly.

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Who’s Really Delaying the Millennium Development Goals? April 22, 2009

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Those know-it-alls at the UN are at it again.

I was quite dismayed to find how Minar Pimple, deputy director of the UN Millennium Campaign, thinks that ending the dispute on the RH bill — presumably meaning the end of opposition to it — would somehow allow us to reach the fifth U.N. Millennium Development Goal, which is improving maternal health. (“Dispute on reproductive health ‘delays pursuit of dev’t goals‘” — Sunstar, Monday, April 20, 2009)

Pimple seems to have forgotten that according to the World Health Organization the great majority of maternal deaths in the Philippines could be prevented by simply providing adequate basic and emergency obstetric health services along with trained midwives and health workers. Former senator Kit Tatad also points this out in his brilliant blog article, “Revised: THE TRUTH AND HALF-TRUTHS ABOUT REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH“:

The proponents claim that ten (10) poor women are dying everyday from complications during pregnancy or childbirth. This may or may not be correct. If correct, experience has shown (as in Gattaran, Cagayan and Sorsogon, Sorsogon) that the incidence of maternal death arising from such complications could be fully mitigated and brought down to zero simply by providing adequate basic and emergency obstetrics care and skilled medical personnel and services.

The RH bill, however, does nothing substantial to help in this area.

Instead, the bill’s authors seem intent on treating pregnancy as if it were a disease, and want to reduce maternal mortality by reducing childbirth. Instead of providing urgently needed health care, the RH Bill seeks to provide condoms and abortifacient contraceptives! The RH bill therefore ignores the real causes of maternal death while attacking a non-problem.

The Philippines has to deal with many other true killers such as heart and vascular diseases, pneumonia, tuberculosis, cancer, and diabetes. The government does not provide free medicines and medical treatment for these because it cannot afford to do so. Why then should it waste money on contraceptives which do not treat any real disease (pregnancy is not a disease)?

The RH Bill will not help reduce maternal deaths. It will only succeed in diverting scarce resources away from more urgent problems while encouraging even more promiscuity and — as the country experiences even more contraceptive failures — eventually greater demand for abortion.

It’s about time we junk this bill, along with Lagman and its other co-authors. And maybe we ought to tweak Pimple’s nose while we’re at it.