The House of Representatives yesterday, after hours of giving the present representatives their stand on Reproductive Health Bill, passed the second reading that is a crucial step for the passage of a certain bill in the House of Representatives with the vote of 113 for the RH bill, 104 for against the bill, 3 for abstain, and 62 were absent.
The partial passage of that bill gave a manifestation that our society is really divided on the issue of checking the population growth rate of our country, one of the highest in Southeast Asia. The debate of that bill took fourteen years before it gave a partial passage yesterday as the proponents and the against gave their respective arguments on how to control our high population growth rate, how to educate the people in regards of contraception, and the highly debated was how the government should allocate the budget for reproductive health to the people.
My stand on the Reproductive Health Bill or RH bill is for the passage provided that the government should not spend taxpayers’ money for free contraceptives to the people but they should only give the people an education on contraception and responsible parenthood like the inclusion the right steps of using contraception and responsible parenthood in public schools.
However, the passage of the Reproductive Health Bill will not be a panacea of our laggard economic growth and development of our country as the bill will only address the short-term high population growth rate while maintaining the broken current economic system as the current ones prevents massive job creation that would have discouraged the people from marrying someone earlier but later which would have lessen the chances of making babies, therefore lesser population growth rate in a long-run.