A Guide to the Arguments For and Against the RH Bill

This matrix has been prepared by a group of Catholics who feel that a systematic comparison of the arguments for and against the reproductive health (RH) bill may still serve some purpose at this juncture. It may help to bring the debate from the emotional temper which has characterized it thus far, to a more rational temper in which both sides attempt to comprehend each other’s perspectives. It is hoped that this presentation will allow each side to view the other’s argumentation as the legitimate offering of reasons in good faith which ought to characterize a democratic process of deliberation. Such a process must be valued equally by all who are committed to living together in a democracy, be they Catholic or non-Catholic, pro- or anti-contraception. Questions in the final column are provided to aid further reflection, with a view to clarifying positions and, perhaps, to building compromises that are morally and politically acceptable to both sides.

Eleanor R. Dionisio








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3 thoughts on “A Guide to the Arguments For and Against the RH Bill

  1. What? The state should adopt the Roman Catholic Church (RCC)’s position on the RH Bill just because most of the Filipinos belongs to the RCC? Most of the Filipinos wants the RH Bill and most of the Filipino Catholics wants the RH Bill (Senate Bill No. 2865 or House Bill No. 4244) to be passed. Yup, most of the Filipinos are Roman Catholics but most of the Roman Catholic Filipinos support the RH Bill.

  2. On the other hand, not all non-Catholics are for the RH Bill. The problem with you guys is you tend to associate the opinions against the RH Bill with the Catholic Church’s view. There are also secular, scientific arguments against it.

    • Thanks. Of course, I write especially for Catholics. Thanks Roy for the insight. Perhaps you can write about your views – the non-Catholic, secular and scientific arguments for and against it. That would educate more people. Again, thank you and God bless.

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