RH Bill: A First Step Towards the Legalization of Abortion


Three pro-RH groups backing legalized abortion exposed
By Dominic Francisco

At least three non-government organizations have been found to be espousing the legalization of abortion in the Philippines, as senators resumed floor debates on the controversial “reproductive health” (RH) bill Monday.

One of the sponsors of Senate Bill No. 2865, Sen. Pia Cayetano, did not deny that groups such as the Family Planning Organization of the Philippines (FPOP), the Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR), and Likhaan have been campaigning for legalized abortion, under interpellation by Sen. Vicente Sotto III.

Sotto pointed out that FPOP got US$617,000 (P26 million) in funding from the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) – the world’s largest abortion provider – last year.

FPOP’s website carries a document titled “Medical and Service Delivery Guidelines for Sexual and Reproductive Health Services,” which describes medical and surgical methods for inducing abortion.

“Efforts should be made to inform the public that abortion is safest when performed early, and women who seek abortion should be encouraged to attend as early in the pregnancy as possible,” the document on the FPOP website states.

FPOP is also on the listing of “Sexual Health Services and abortion clinics Worldwide” by the Dutch abortion group Women on Waves (WoW). WoW takes women aboard hired ships to undergo abortions in international waters, to escape national laws banning abortion.

WoW states on its website: “If you live in a country where there is no access to safe abortion services and you would like to obtain a medical abortion with Mifepristone and Misoprostol, please go to Women on Web. This is an online medical abortion help service that refers to a doctor who can provide you with a medical abortion.”

Mifepristone and Misoprostol are abortion drugs, and both are not legal in the Philippines.

Providing how-to instructions for abortion

Likhaan, meanwhile, published last year a Filipino translation of the book “Where Women Have No Doctor,” Chapter 15 of which has a section titled “Mga Ligtas na Paraan ng Pagpapalaglag.” The book is available to the public on the Likhaan website.

“Tinatanggal ang binubuntis sa pamamagitan ng paghigop, gamit ang ispesyal na tubo (cannula) na pinapadaan sa puwerta at cervix pa-pasok sa matris. Puwedeng gawin ito na hindi pinapatulog ang babae, pero minsan, iniiniksyunan ng gamot sa cervix para makatulong sa sakit. Sa manu-manong proseso (manual vacuum aspiration o MVA), tinatanggal ang binubuntis sa pamamagitan ng ispesyal na heringgilya (syringe). Kung hindi, gumagamit ng maliit na makinang de-kuryente,” the book states.

“Mayroon na ngayong mga gamot na nagagamit ang mga doktor at health worker para magpalaglag. Pinapaimpis ng mga gamot ang matris at pinipiga palabas ang binubuntis. Ang ilang gamot ay nilalagay sa loob ng puwerta … ang ilan ay iniinom, at ang ilan ay iniiniksyon. Kung tama ang gagamiting gamot o kumbinasyon ng mga gamot, ligtas at mabisang paraan ito,” it adds.

Pushing abortion acceptance despite being unlawful

The Manila- and Amsterdam-based WGNRR, headed by UP professor Dr. Sylvia Claudio, talks about its “Abortion Rights Advocacy” on its website:

“Throughout its almost 30 year history, WGNRR has made abortion advocacy a priority.”

The Claudio-led group’s “specific goals” include the investigation of “ways to improve access despite the law,” sharing of “experiences and strategies about how to confront religious fundamentalists,” and finding the “best practices for linking abortion rights to other social justice and human rights campaigns.”

Sotto pointed out that the RH bill provides an “open door” to abortion – Section 3 paragraph 1. The provision states: “While this Act does not amend the penal law on abortion, the government shall ensure that all women needing care for post-abortion complications shall be treated and counseled in a humane, non-judgmental and compassionate manner.”

“People and organizations behind it, as far as I’m concerned, are the difficulties I am encountering [in this bill],” Sotto said.

“IPPF has lobbied worldwide for the legalization and repeal of all laws preventing legal access to abortion,” he added.

In reply, Cayetano said: “The fact that an organization has made statements inconsistent with public policy does not prevent them from making statements consistent [with public policy].”

Using a poor analogy, the pro-RH senator said that even if Osama bin Laden supported policies against climate change, environmentalist Sen. Loren Legarda wouldn’t want to be associated with the brains behind the 9/11 attacks.

Sotto, however, retorted: “Climate change – everybody will agree to that. Eh ito contraception and abortion eh!"

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Watch comprehensively the full video posted above, because this is how "Family Planning" and "Planned Parenthood" mean to the three groups advocating abortion (Family Planning Organization of the Philippines [FPOP], the Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights [WGNRR], and Likhaan) in our country which Senator Pia Cayetano admitted are among the strong backers of the proposed RH bill. And passing this proposed "watered down" version of the RH bill ("watered down" because legalalized abortion is not yet included in the bill's provision) is merely a first step on the road to their ultimate victory -- which is the legalization of abortion in our country.

And to those who are subscribing to the idea that legalizing abortion will make the practice of it rare, see this annual abortion statistics record of the U.S.A. since they legalized abortion:

Total abortions in the U.S.A. from 1973 to 1998 alone is horrifyingly over 38 million already!

Over 38 million helpless innocent souls murdered in just 25 years with the full consent of the state?! If this is not grossly horrifying state-sponsored genocide, then what euphemistic term can it be called? Don't you think that the blood of these millions of innocent lives don't flood heaven's door and perpetually cry out for justice?

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How do you think did many of the states in the U.S.A. and in Europe end up with legalizing abortion as part of their Reproductive Health program? Would you be surprised to discover that they have once started their Reproductive Health program just like how our own country now is  proposing this RH bill, no abortion as a first step? And look at how they have ended up now.

The practical reason for their legalization of abortion in their states is that no matter how much contraceptives their respective governments are providing to their people, still the problem of unwanted pregnancies remained rampant and prevalent. And owing to the desperate outcome of their initial population control programs, there was no other option left for these governments to choose except to allow their women to be able to legally eradicate their unwanted unborn children before these helpless little innocent human beings could even see the light of day.

Sa usaping "Reproductive Health"
(read: "population control") at "legalization of abortion", kung baga sa lakbay, ang Pilipinas ay hamak na magsisimula pa lang na tatahak sa landas na ito, samantalang ang Estados Unidos at ang Uropa ay sobrang layo na sa kanilang pinagsimulan -- ika nga, humanly speaking, they are already at the point of no return. Hindi na nila pwedeng gawing isang malaking krimen ang pagpatay ng tao sa loob ng sinapupunan ng ina. Hindi ba itong kalagayan na ito ay parang katulad na rin sa impyerno na kung saan ay walang pananagutan ang pagkitil ng buhay ng tao?

Ang sino mang tatahak sa daan ng bitag ay natural lamang na walang ibang hahantungan kundi ang kapahamakan. Kung ang U.S.A. at Europe nga sa bandang huli ay hindi pa rin nila naiwasang baguhin ang kanilang batas sa "Reproductive Health" (read: "population control") at tuloyang ginawa na rin nilang legal ang abortion, e tayo pa kaya? E kung kusa tayong tatahak sa daan na ito pasunod sa mga nauna sa atin, e aba ang tatalino naman kaya nating mga Pinoy kung sa kalaunan ay hindi rin tayo mahulog sa bitag ng "legalization of abortion" katulad nila.

This issue on "Reproductive Health" (read: "population control") and ultimately the legalization of abortion as the final recourse to the stubborn and prevalent problem of unwanted pregnancies does not matter whether countries are secular or religious, poor or rich, democratic or not, because the bottom line and common denominator here is the bad old problem of unrestrained irresponsible use of human sexual appetite.

While on the surface, contraception may seem to address the unwanted physical consequences of the problem, but what is of great danger here is what is unseen happening deep within the psyche -- and that is, the further eroding of sexual morality. And this is where the core of the problem is. Just like the problem of "Utak Wangwang" (the mindset of corruption), the problem of "Utak Libog" (the mindset of irresponsible sex or sex-as-I-please whenever, wherever, & whomever) really lies between the ears and no amount of whatever type of artificial contraception is able to tame this mentality.

If our government will not open their eyes to the reality that this deceivingly and euphemistically called "Reproductive Health" (read: "population control") program (which the "big brains" of the U.N. is desperately advocating as a "solution" to mitigate poverty by reducing the population of the world's poor) is nothing but a futile attempt to [inaccurately] address or treat the symptoms and never the underlying disease itself, then the problem would only worsen. And when the complications of this wrong treatment begin to manifest and show off their ugly monstrous heads, there would be no other viable option left for the government to choose except ultimately to legalize access to abortion.