POSITION PAPERof theBUKAS LOOB SA DIYOS COVENANT COMMUNITY
We, the Executive Council of Servant Leaders, together with the District Council of Stewards and other leaders and members of the Bukas Loob sa Diyos Covenant Community, aPhilippine-based Catholic lay organization composed of 51 Districts and/or Chapters throughoutthe Philippines, Hongkong, Canada and the United States which is under the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the Archdiocese of Manila and affiliated with the Federation of TransparochialCharismatic Communities in the Philippines, with the guidance of our Community SpiritualDirector Archbishop Angel N. Lagdameo, current Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Jaro, dohereby stand solidly behind what is expressly written in Section 12, Article II of the PhilippineConstitution which states: “The State recognizes the sanctity of family life and shall protect andstrengthen the family as a basic autonomous social institution. It shall equally protect the life of the mother and the life of the unborn from conception.”On the basis of such, we the BLD hereby singly and collectively express our vehementand strong objection to House Bill No. 96 otherwise known as the Reproductive Health Bill (or“RH Bill”, for brevity) due to the following reasons:1.
That the RH Bill, in its present form, is a deceptive piece of legislation because of thehidden agenda that are being kept from public view and knowledge because the bill if passed, while claiming to be for reproductive health, will not only endanger the health of the woman in terms of physical and psychological damage but will even threaten the lifeof the unborn child;2.
The Reproductive Health Bill is an highly immoral piece of proposed legislation for thesimple reason that population control through the promotion of the use of contraceptives,which in truth is abortion in disguise, has been clearly exposed as the underlying reasonbehind the RH Bill as it also ignores the strong argument against the claims that ourcountry is overpopulated and that it is the primary cause for the existence of poverty. Wethe BLD contend that the main cause of poverty in the Philippines is not “over-population” as the country is not even over-populated but the primary reason why we arepoor is because of deep-seated corruption abetted by the seeming imbalance in the waythat justice is dispensed due to inefficient governance, the unequal distribution of wealthand, the absence of a viable and balanced economic development program and, theabsence of a comprehensive and integrated education program;3.
“Many contraceptive pills are abortifacients”. An abortion-causing mechanism is presentin all the different types of so-called contraceptive, e.g., the Pill, Depo-Provera, Implants,the IUD, the Morning-After Pill, the RU-486 or the Abortion Pill which enables chemicalabortion up to the later stages of pregnancy. Various researches, which the proponents of the Reproductive Health Bill have continuously ignored, have shown that whenever thereis a break-through ovulation, and sperm and egg unite, many unsuspecting women arecausing their newly-conceived child to be aborted before they even know they arepregnant. In addition to ending human life, many of these contraceptives/abortion pills areharmful to women. Many of the adverse effects of these drugs have been found to besevere and, several deaths have been attributed to it. The various pro-life groups in theirpetitions have presented documented medical findings of serious side effects associated