My take on the RH Bill is a bit simplistic. For as long as you are secure with your values and principles and as long as you know where you stand with our God, regardless of whether the bill gets passed or not, you will definitely make the right choice.
For me, it is not a question of how much you know, but rather a question of your character and values.
Put it this way: as I am writing this, I could have access to ANYTHING public on the internet whether ‘good’ or ‘bad’. I choose to use my time on the net for something positive and productive because this is what my value set dictates. In my opinion, the RH Bill is the same thing. If it is passed, I have access to information. The act of using this access is a choice that will be determined by my principles and values. The government cannot force you to use contraceptives. It is ultimately your choice! And that choice will be governed by your internal set of values and principles.
I guess the problem lies in the perception of everyone else’s values and principles. Given the same access, will the person next to me have the same set of values as I have to “intelligently” choose what to do with the information given him? Am I confident enough to say that everyone is “mature” enough to make the “right” choice? Will the person reading this visit a porn site next? Simple answer: I don’t know.
More than the provisions in the bill, this is what divides at the core. If you ask me, no I have not read the bill in its entirety. But I do know where I stand when it passes. The problem is that we do not know where others will stand. More worrisome is the fact that we are insecure in the value formation of our citizens. We do not believe that our citizenry have been brought up well. Well enough to make the right decisions amid the myriad of possibilities that the government, nay the world, can offer.
For me, and I think this will be a controversial statement, the church is worried that they have not been doing their job. Value formation should come from the family, first and foremost. Families in turn receive their “guides to life” from the church. If the church is doing its job, then it has absolutely nothing to worry about. From what I recall, we are still a predominantly catholic/christian nation. If the church is secure, then the nation is secure whatever the government chooses to pass.
It is easy to pass the blame but then we also have to realize, actually, WE, ALL OF US, are the church. Church is not an organization or a limited specific group of individuals. Church is us.
So the real culprit? Us. Yep, all of us.
What is it that I want to get across? The issue is not the RH Bill itself. Its provisions, the research behind it, the arguments for and against it. That is not the issue. At the end of the day, it is an issue of the heart. Not only of your own but of others as well. Before you even argue for or against the bill, think about He who first gave us life. Ask yourself if you are being true in your relationship with your Creator and go beyond and ask yourself if you have done enough to reach out to a brother or sister. Instead of shooting opinions back and forth, why not gather and talk about the Author of all life and what He has done for all of us?
I don’t understand the bill entirely to be honest. Even if someone explained it to me, I don’t think I’ll ever get all its complexities to be able to explain it to somebody else. I find the bible easier to understand and easier to share. Why not start with that?