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Against the RH Bill - Part Three

Against the RH Bill - Part Three

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Against the RH Bill - Part Three
by Howard Go
Against the RH Bill - Part Three
by Howard Go

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Published by: CBCP for Life on Nov 08, 2012
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Against the RH Bill - Part Threeby Howard Go(This is part three of a three part work on why I stand against the RH Bill. It is suggestedyou read the first two parts part before this, but this can stand fairly much on its own, Ithink.)Artificial birth control is so common. Condoms have been made so attractive that theyalmost look like candy and bubblegum packages on some counters and shelves. Flavoredto let you know how else to use it, ribbed and with extra add-ons to supposedly enhancethe pleasure to an already pleasurable activity. Birth control pills can even improve skintone and make some women more womanly according to some reports. And all theseproducts allow us to enjoy the joys of sex practically anytime we want to with only a smallpercentage chance of pregnancy or catching a disease of some sort.It’s convenient.But it has a catch.It's like cigarettes or junk food. It's like a number of things that have changed our lives. It’sabout, to use terminology by Al Gore, an inconvenient truth.Think about wireless technology and work. Years ago, people worked hard and seldomtook work home, but even with take home work, certain days were kept untouched bywork. Now, because of technology, we can end up working on weekends and dead of thenight evenings, at home, on vacation, during special quality time dates and familymoments. We're professionally more efficient and effective. But at what cost? It hasbecome so normal we have accepted this work-style (not lifestyle since it isn't much of alife anymore) so much that it is now so hard to break away from it. Some of us mayremember days when we said we wouldn't need (insert technology here) or that wewouldn't be a slave to (insert technology here). Until the convenience becomes a center inour life. In the same way, artificial birth control has entered our way of life so much that itlooks like the norm rather than the foreign object that entered our life and changed how welived sexually.But think of the days when we are able to beat this wireless technology and spend a daywithout it. Or a week. We actually feel better, don't we? On some level, we know we wantto be free from it, despite all the usefulness it provides. Artificial birth control is similar tothis, but less clearly so because we enjoy the pleasure of using it too much that not havingit causes discomfort, unlike how wireless technology is empowering in work, yet can beconstricting at the same time to our personal pursuit for pleasure.And just like we hope for better technology to make work easier or more efficient, weforget that it is technology that has invaded our lives so much that personal space is lost.Yes, we have gone so far. But at what cost? We long for escapes more. We can affordmore expensive escapes and lifestyles, but only because we complicated our lives somuch that pleasurable lifestyles reach higher and higher levels. But wasn’t it just aboutdiscipline before? To balance work and life? Business and pleasure?Yes, contraceptives allow for a more fun sexual lifestyle. And now we need it to control thatlifestyle from leading to more teenage pregnancies and unwanted sexually transmitteddiseases. But wasn’t it really just about discipline before.
 
(A short note here: there are a lot more teenage pregnancies and single mothers todaythan 25 years ago. And the age of girls with teenage pregnancies is dropping. In mycollege years, one 18 year-old teenager getting pregnant a year was considered common(as something that will happen, not something that is right). Now that yearly expectation ishappening in high schools and even grade schools (a 13 year-old girl getting pregnantevery school year will soon be expected at this rate); which wasn't the case back then.And, yes, artificial contraception helps lead to this because sex being treated assomething casual instead of intimate is a way of life aided by artificial contraception.)It’s about convenience and inconvenience. Many things in life have brought convenience.If we truly believe in preserving the environment, we have to be ready to beinconvenienced. If we believe in valuing what sexual intimacy is, what intercourse is about,then we have to be ready to be inconvenienced by what it entails.Think about it for a while. Are any of us looking forward to teaching our children how to usea condom? Or do we see the condom as a tool that is needed to hopefully limit theconsequences that follow for living a sexually active life outside of marriage?Some of us probably used our first condom that way when we were younger. Until sexbecame so easy, so convenient, that it changed our lifestyle. That’s how I was. When Irealized (I mean really read their works on the matter and thought about it) what theChurch was teaching about artificial birth control, I knew what I ought to do. And I wasgreatly inconvenienced by the change in lifestyle. But I am better for it. It wasn’t easy and Ican’t say I succeeded right away, but I am better for it.If you don’t want to be inconvenienced, then don’t say you are right, just say you arecomfortable and don’t want to leave your comfort zone. I don’t, for example, give up ridingin a car for the sake of the environment. But I do try to take care of it in other ways. And Ido not try to get in the way of those who do more than I do in taking care of it. I even try tohelp them in a manner that is, yes, convenient for me. But I do not complain about or standagainst their good work.When I one day meet the man dating my daughter and somehow discover him carrying acondom or if I one day see my daughter with a condom, I will certainly not first think,“Good, they’re careful.” I may think that later on, not as a positive note but only as a small,small consolation. I am fairly certain my first thought will be in the line of “Nooooooooo!!!”or “Not now. Please, not yet now.” And I may even think where have I gone wrong thatthey are engaging in this now. I may even blame the media and her peers. Then I maylater hope they are “practical”. But I will first hope they know what is right and I will wonderwhy they don’t live by what is right.The condom and the media (so, yes, I do blame them even now) has changed how weview sex. Our view of sex has changed because of the convenience brought by artificialbirth control and how the media has made parenting that much harder by makingpractically every hero/heroine in every show have some sexual act with one or morecharacters in that same show. And it becomes common and normal and cool anddesirable. And, worse, chastity somehow becomes embarrassing and wrong in their eyes.We can call it progress. But do we want to? We know it brings something else with it thatwe can call modern, liberal, practical, open, and many other things. But, really, don’t we

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