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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Pro-Life Philippines: 500 million Pesos wasted on condoms and pills.

For more on the background to this article, see That's a whole lot of money!

From the website of Pro-Life Philippines:

RH Bill Education

Section 10, Family Planning Supplies as Essential Medicines

¨      Products and supplies for modern family planning methods shall be part of the National Drug Formulary and the same shall be included in the regular purchase of essential medicines and supplies of all national and local hospitals and other government health units.

The World Health Organization defines essential medicines as “those that satisfy the priority health care needs of the population.” In short, what makes medicines classified as essential is that the population needs it in order to be healthy.

Under this section, however, products and supplies like condoms and pills are to be considered essential medicines and are to be part of the National Drug Formulary. This means that your tax goes to the purchase of someone else’s condom, and your hard-earned money goes to the immoral lifestyle of certain people. If condoms and pills are to be classified as essential medicines, it is necessary to ask the question: what illness do they treat?

So the government has money to improve maternal health after all, but it spends it on condoms and pills! Shame! RH proponents even have the guts to evoke memories of women who have died because of complications in pregnancy – and yet here they are spending this money on condoms.

The way to prevent maternal deaths is not to prevent pregnancy! 500 million can be spent on better things: to invest on training more medical professionals and midwives, modernize hospitals and birthing centers, to provide vitamins for pregnant women, etc.

500 million Pesos wasted on condoms and pills. And we haven’t even passed the RH bill yet. If anything, this is a foretaste of what is to come if they do pass the RH bill.

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