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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Filipino-Americans versus the RH Bill

We the undersigned, do hereby proclaim our strenuous opposition to the Philippines’ “Reproductive Health” law.

The “Reproductive Health” law, under the guise of reducing poverty, would in fact:

Take away limited government funds from treating many high priority medical and food needs and transfers them to fund harmful and deadly abortifacient and anti-family devices and programs.

Open the door to abortion on demand, encourage adultery, cause the breakup of two parent families, and increase teenage pregnancy. (1) 

Force, under penalty of the law, public and private institutions to teach “sex education” in a manner that violates the deeply rooted cultural, social, and religious norms of the Filipino people.

The Filipino-American community does not support such a law, and neither do the People of the Philippines, who when informed of the actual provisions and penalties of the “Reproductive Health,” law rejected it by a staggering 92%. (2)

Article II of the 1987 Philippine Constitution says, in part, "Section 12. The State recognizes the sanctity of family life and shall protect and strengthen 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.”

As Filipino-Americans we are saddened that the United States is leveraging its foreign aid to undermine the fundamental beliefs enshrined in the constitution of the Philippines.

It is with special emphasis that we the undersigned oppose the use of HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS of our tax dollars by agencies of the U.S. government such as USAID (3), the Millennium Challenge Corporation (4), and U.S. funded international organizations such the United Nations Development Programme to coerce the sovereign people of the Philippines to adopt “universal access to sexual and reproductive health education, information, and services...” (5)

We recognize that “universal access to reproductive health services” is a euphemism for tax payer funded abortion on demand.

We believe that more education and better jobs, and not the extermination of the poor, is the proper way to fight poverty in the Philippines.

The Filipino-American community stands united in opposition to the “Reproductive Health” law, and to the highly unethical and coercive use by the current administration of tax payer funds to undermine Filipino culture, to undermine the constitution of the Philippines, and to undermine the deeply held religious beliefs of the overwhelming majority of Filipinos.

1 Leading secular social scientists like Nobel prize winner, George Akerlof and US National Defense Consultant, Lionel Tiger, have found that contraceptives have deleterious social effects.
4 The MCC is an agency of the Executive Branch of the U.S. government which in 2010 awarded a 5 year grant to the Philippines of $434 million. Part of this sum is being earmarked to promote “reproductive healthcare.”

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