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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Why the favoritism shown to artificial contraceptives?

From Ambassador Jose V. Romero's column "The Church & P-Noy honeymoon is over?"

We would like to think that P-Noy will not go out of his way to pick a fight with the church on this issue and is still looking for a “matuwid na daan.” We believe that a compromise is possible without compromising the stand of the Church on the subject of human sexuality now endangered by certain provisions of the bill. For example, the government could utilize the vast resources of the parish councils to promote responsible parenthood through the natural birth control methods which in its latest form has been found to be quite effective. 
We know that this will not sit well with the pharmaceutical companies which are now salivating at the thought of raking in huge profits from the sale of billions of rubberized products and contraception pills now rotting in their warehouses. Obviously, this will be opposed by the NGOs and media practitioners who are living off the fat fees provided by international institutions bent on curbing the populations of fast emerging economies with big populations like the BRIC community which is now utilizing their abundant raw materials, like energy and mineral resources, to fuel their own fast- growing economies at the expense of those of former colonizers now battling bravely in the Middle East to insure a steady supply of energy for their home countries. Was this not the rationale for Henry Kissinger’s NSSM 200 in 1974? 
These prophets of doom are the ones that are now edging P-Noy to the brink of breaking relations with the Church for selfish reasons. But P-Noy must realize that pills and condoms are not short- term or even long-term solutions to the problems of poverty in this country. If this were so, and the solution lay simply in adding to the conditional cash transfer a ration of condoms and pills for every poor household, we in the economic profession must have overlooked this simple remedy to poverty alleviation! How simple indeed and how cheap since these would have been financed by our former colonizers, who as we write, are through their co-opted foundations already distributing condoms in the backstreets of Metro Manila with or without the benefit of the RH bill. 
If tomorrow we prevent the poor from reproducing, will the economy grow by our target rates of 7 or 8% –the magic figure that economists claim can mitigate poverty which we have actually already achieved under the last administration? We doubt it.

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