On the eve of President Benigno Aquino III’s first state of the nation address, the Philippine bishops issued a pastoral exhortation denouncing legislative proposals on sex education and population control.
Noting that President Aquino campaigned against corruption, the bishops stated that “real corruption is moral and spiritual corruption."
“The failures rates of contraceptives against sexually transmitted diseases are high,” the bishops added. “Oral contraceptive pills are classified as Group I carcinogenic.”
The bishops also discussed the abortifacient nature of some contraceptives.
Like its predecessor the main purpose of House Bill 96 is to make barren what is by nature fruitful and generative of human life. It promotes contraceptive barriers, techniques, supplies, and services that control fertility as if it were a disease. Science has proven that some contraceptives render the mother’s womb inhospitable, thereby causing abortion. And abortion, as Pope John Paul II has cited in “Evangelium Vitae,” the Gospel of Life, was the instrument of the first systematic population control program by a dominant power on a poor slave population, as narrated in the book of Exodus (cf. Ex. 1: 8-22). Moreover the Constitution protects “the life of the mother and the life of the unborn from conception” (Art. II, Sec. 12). And conception is the moment of fertilization. At implantation the new life is already a seven-day old human being.
Objecting to the premises of population control, the bishops added:
Many people think that to reduce poverty it is necessary to control population. We would raise serious questions regarding this opinion. Does this opinion not have a certain bias against the poor? In population control are not the real targets the millions of poor families whose numbers must be reduced?
COMMENT: Well, yes, maybe. But that's because the rich are already cutting their birth rate to such a high extent that their countries are in danger of not having enough young people to care for their elderly. And to be exact, it's more a bias against those parts of the world that are in thrall to Roman Catholic and evangelical dogmatism and have remained impoverished because of it. Had good, Catholic, African men been encouraged, by their good, Catholic bishops to wear a rubber when shagging the local good, Catholic prostitutes, then African nations would have a lot less people dying of AIDS to spend their GNP on and a lot more fit and healthy workers to increase the GNP.
But the Roman Catholic bishops are fools unto themselves. Their insistence on claiming equivalence between oral contraception / abortion and barrier methods of contraception just makes them appear scientifically and morally inept. Although the Filipino bishops are spouting mostly exaggerated pseudo-science, there are good reasons for encouraging women to not use chemical contraception for anything other than medical and abortive reasons. Personally, I think the risk of long term side effects from chemical contraception is greater than the risk of getting pregnant when barrier contraception is used correctly. And, ironically, it is the gay, male community that has demonstrated the safety that a little bit of rubber can afford.