IF the Highest Court of the land decides against the petitions to stop the RH law from being implemented because it is unconstitutional and violates basic moral codes as well as defective in many ways as to how the government is to carry out its provisions, the RH law will have the same impact as Rose vs. Wade on the United States and the world.
It will break the moral barrier. The consequences will be grave, its social, political and economic impact far reaching.
In the US Rose vs. Wade broke wide open all moral restraints in American society with some states even going for late term abortions. If passed by the court the RH law which prevents conception with contraceptives often acting as abortifacients, will quickly open the floodgates to the termination of life of the fetus. I can only pray to the Holy Spirit for the enlightenment of all the SC Justices who must now be wrestling with a moral dilemma.
But should the issue be so complex? We all know that even as our economy is enjoying the demographic sweet spot – a favorable situation where a big proportion of the population will have joined the labor force – that is to say that here will be more hands on deck; we are also experiencing a drop in the population growth rate which is now approaching replacement rate with the net reproductive rate also going down.
So what’s the beef? Is it because of the feminist ardent followers of Margaret Sanger and the pharmaceutical firms who are now salivating in the sidelines hoping to cash in on the P3 billion budget set aside for the biggest scam in recent years?
Only the other day we heard that Iran has joined the chorus of countries severely suffering from the scourge of depopulation and its negative impact on the economy. We hear of grade schools closing down, the breakdown of social security systems that cannot raise enough premiums, of productivity problems of industrial plants with a fast ageing employee force, of the stagnation of housing markets etc. etc.
We all know how China is trying very hard to reverse its depopulation program. How Singapore and Japan are employing all sorts of gimmicks to get couples to procreate more and how France is giving generous dole-outs for families to increase. Indeed Europe is in a sorry demographic stage with Italy closing down kindergartens and nurseries and hospitals overcrowded with senior citizens.
Dr. Jacqueline Kasun professor of economics at Humboldt State University of California sums it all up in a best-selling book “The War Against Population –The Economics And Ideology Of Population Control.” We quote:
“The idea that humanity is multiplying at a terrible and accelerating rate is one of the false dogmas of our times. From that notion comes the widely held belief that unless population is immediately contained by every governmental and private method imaginable, mankind faces imminent disaster. These ideas form the basis for an international population control industry that involves billions of dollars of taxes as well the full time efforts of private philanthropies embodied in their agenda is the sort of social planning. That actually mandates draconian control over families, churches and other voluntary institutions around the globe.”
Indeed this devilish agenda of population control was introduced into the country by foreign multilateral institutions of Western origin who feel that Western lifestyles can best be preserved by allocating the allegedly scarce resources (though unproven) to the First World by controlling the population of Third World countries.
In tandem with pharmaceutical lobbies and their feminist allies both were able to ram through Congress this diabolic plot with the aid of PDAF loaded with pork. We sincerely hope that our justices will be able to see through this neo-colonialist scheme and uphold that sacred tenet in the constitution that protects life from conception to death.
If in the case of the PDAF the illegally obtained loot was mainly retained in this country. In the case of the RH law the pharmaceutical companies will be depositing our tax money that will pay for the contraceptive pills, injectables and condoms into their foreign bank accounts. I would have preferred that this appropriation were spent for more hospitals, CT scans, dialysis machines et al.
Another case of Congress playing fast and loose with people’s hard-earned money!
Former Ambassador to Italy Jose V. Romero is also a former Business Editor of The Manila Bulletin. He is an economics professor, who has authored several books on the Philippine economy and on the coconut industry.