Looking at the Anti-RH Bill #ibasura tweets

I believe it is time to share anti-RH sentiments here at Blog Watch to at least see their side and determine what information may be sorely lacking or if there is a need to fine tune the RH Bill. There are a lot of materials collated here about pro-RH stand or the #ipasa stand.

Let us take a look at some of these anti-RH tweets curated from the Harapan debate on the RH Bill last Sunday. I have quoted the #ibasura tweets and my pro-RH bill explanation below it.

@kass3y09 says “redefined daw ang rh-bill? so pwedeng i-redefine to make abortion legal? possible. #ibasura”

The RH Bill has been amended to make sex education optional . Another amendment which requires employers with more than 200 employees to “provide reproductive health services to all employees in their own respective health facilities,” will be “deleted in its entirety.” The Tweeter is probably not aware that Abortion is illegal in our constitution (section 12) and thus cannot be part of the RH Bill.

@daughtiKawaii #IBASURA #HARAPAN hindi kailangan ng mga Pilipino ang RH BILL para umasenso ang bansa natin.. Good governance ang kinakailangan natin.

While good governance will help eradicate corruption, it is not directly connected with maternal health. Existing laws are inadequate to the health and lives of mothers, save babies, promote equity for poor families, support and deploy more public midwives, nurses and doctors and many more benefits.

@deds236 asks How can something illegal be treated in a “non-judgmental and compassionate manner?” #ibasura #rhbill

What is illegal? Abortion is illegal in our country and in the constitution. If they refer to contraceptives as abortifacients, take a look at countries where abortion is prohibited. The best example is Ireland where, like the Philippines, Catholics make up 86.8% of the population, and where a similar constitutional provision protecting the “unborn” exists.

@Kim_weird – Ones hide their sins by blaming the people for having too many children! DAMN RH BILL #ibasura

I believe it is a sin to be unable to provide for the needs of your children. The bill provides choices on how to respond to the majority who want smaller families.

Let me add that “As opposed to the Catholic Church’s teaching of declaring sexual intercourse to be an instrument of propagation, the Bible stipulates cultivation of sense of responsibility in each individual. Consider again a Bible text found in 1Timothy 5:8, saying:”

“But if any man have not care of his own, and especially of those of his house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.”—Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (Catholic)

@iamKRG says @rjpereras Kng ippsa ang #rhbill, it wud mean my little sister would be learning about sex na in the resumption of classes. My God.#ibasura!

I have mentioned earlier that the RH Bill has been amended such that sex education is optional. Such sex education is age-appropriate and will most likely start on the 5th grade when body changes start to occur in children.

There seems to be a lack of information on the merits of the RH Bill. I enjoin everyone to read the 10 reasons to pass the RH Bill now and to browse through the RH Bill, commentaries and fact sheets at our RH Bill resource center.

You might also want to view the replay of the Harapan RH Bill debate here

Let’s also take a look at the #ibasura tweets as a result of the Harapan debate on Sunday, May 8.

@i_amholo cites a few fallacies pro and anti-RH Bill advocates have committed during the 3-round bout refereed by news anchors Karen Davila and Julius Babao.

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