If I had several quick questions to ask someone for them to rethink their perspective, I’d throw these:
1. Do you think it’s a good idea to invest in reproductive health centers in the provinces, when some municipalities don’t even have enough funding for general-purpose hospitals?
2a. Do you think that there is a fixed amount of resources for Filipinos to share, which makes a smaller population better?
2b. And could this output be maintained when population diminishes?
2c. Couldn’t something be done to increase resources per person, apart from population control, instead of merely splitting up a predetermined pie?
2d. Wouldn’t it help more to remove barriers to local and foreign investments?
3a. Japan and other developed nations in Asia have larger population densities than the Philippines, and third-world nations in Africa have smaller population densities. Why?
3b. Couldn’t other economic and political conditions be focused on instead, to achieve the desired prosperity?
I’ve addressed most of this stuff before in my earlier articles. I will now contemplate on what the passage, or non-passage of this bill, will mean in the greater scheme of things.
If the RH bill does become law, it’s not going to herald doomsday. Sadly, it’s just one of thousands of laws that foist government control on our lives and make for poverty in the country. The billions to be spent on such an inane law are peanuts to the destruction of wealth as perpetuated by the continued existence of the DepEd, Customs, DTI, Bangko Sentral, DENR, etc.
If the RH bill is thwarted, in spite of Lea Salonga’s rendition of ‘Imagine,’ we’ll still have a juggernaut of a state to deal with, unless the RH bill is defeated by good economics (unlikely), which makes it a potential starting point for educating the public en masse and making government intervention politically unpalatable.