MANILA, Philippines - The war of words and propaganda continues for and against the Reproductive Health (RH) Bill, with one of its champions seeking to “condomize” the alleged lies of the Catholic Church.
In a statement, Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman said the clergy and lay allies’ statements from Saturday’s prayer rally “must be condomized to prevent the spread of black propaganda, political intimidation and virulent malevolence.”
He said the Catholic Church can always express their views. He said free speech does not cover, however, “propagating falsehoods and intimidating legislators.”
In a rally at the EDSA Shrine on Saturday, the Catholic Church reminded its followers of the measure’s link to birth control and warned them that “contraception is corruption.”
Lagman said this statement is “irresponsible” and an “unfounded hyperbole.”
“Contrary to the Church’s statement that contraception is corruption, it is the denial to women of access to medically safe, legal and effective contraception which corrupts their inalienable right to health and which could lead to maternal death,” he said.
Citing studies, he said contraceptives do not cause any more harm than the likes of paracetamol, aspirin and other antibiotics.
“On the contrary, high risk, unwanted and teenage pregnancies which the RH bill seeks to prevent, result in the escalating rate of maternal mortality and morbidity,” he said.
He said dying from a car accident is much greater at 1 in 5,900 than dying from pregnancy at 1 in 10,000.
“The RH bill is anti-abortion not only because it repeatedly provides that abortion is illegal, punishable and not a method of family planning, but it has also been established that regular and correct non-abortive contraception by choice reduces the abortion rate by 85% because high risk, unwanted and teenage pregnancies, which are usual candidates for abortion, are prevented,” he said.