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‘RH bill a deception’
BY LISA GAPAC

The Reproductive Health Bill is a deception and a lie because it does not answer the issue of poverty, and contraceptives kill and have a lot of horrible side effects, Dr. Ligaya Acosta, executive director of Human Life International Asia/Oceania, said yesterday.

Acosta was in Bacolod Cityfor the RH symposium themed, “The Filipino Family Under Siege: Reproductive Health or Reproductive Death?” at the Negros Occidental Multi-Purpose Activity Center.

She said they have been hopeful in their fight against the passage of the bill although she admitted that it is a very difficult battle because President Benigno Aquino III is pro-RH.

The bill is a deception because government has been implementing some of its provisions even if it has not been passed yet, like the integration of sex education in all subjects from grade five tofourth year high school, and the distribution of RH materials, Ligaya said.

“We certainly say no to sex education because it is a primary and alienable right of parents, and teachers do not have the right to interfere unless authorized by the parents,” she said.

She also said that studies show that sex education is a predisposing factor to the onset of premarital sex as it encourages young people to do it as long as they do not get pregnant.

The module for sex education was piloted last year in 80 schools all over the country and has been incorporated in all subjects like Engish, Mathematics, and Technology and Livelihood Economics, she said.

RH materials are really pornographic andcan destroy innocent minds of the children, Acosta said.

The bill states that those who do not conform with its provisions will be imprisoned for up to six months and will be fined P50,000, Acosta said. “This is not actuallypro choice because they only want to kill our freedom. It is no longer a choice it becomes mandatory,” she added.

 The bill also calls contraceptives  essential medicines and mandates all government and private hospitals to have enough supply of it as they want to have 100 percent prevalence on the use of contraceptives by 2015, she also said.

Despite the hardships in their battle against the bill, Acosta said all pro-life defenders depend and believe in miracles and with God’s grace, they hope  the RH Bill will not be passed.

Bacolod City Rep. Anthony Golez, who is a pro-life defender, also attended the activity. *LTG

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