Is the name change… significant?
The Responsible Parenthood bill will be one of the priority measures of the Administration, the Palace announced. It a bold step that may finally put to rest, or at the very least give the nation a bill that formalizes the prioritization of our people’s reproductive health.
Early on during the campaign, the President had already spoken in length about his idea of Responsible parenthood, which can be summed up as the following:
In October 2010, Deputy Palace spokesperson, Abigail Valte already clarified the Palace position:
“The President had said that his stand on this issue is for responsible parenthood. We in the administration are not advocating one method over the other. That is what we want to clarify. As soon as the parents make an informed choice on the matter, we would support them,” Valte said, adding that for this reason, “it’s not right to say that the president’s position is pro-life or anti-life or whatever. Predient Aquino is for responsible parenthood.”
The President’s position is that parents should make an informed choice.
The phrase, “responsible parenthood” of course is a familiar one for Catholics. The The Roman Catholic Church’s family council programs sums this up as “the necessary condition for human love, and it is also the necessary condition for authentic conjugal love, because love cannot be irresponsible. Its beauty is the fruit of responsibility. When love is truly responsible, it is also truly free.”
I take it to mean— married or not— that when life is created, the man has got to be responsible for his woman, and that unborn child.
Edcel Lagman the minority leader from the 1st district of Albay, and an author of the RH bill was quoted by Business World saying, “It [responsible parenthood] is already subsumed in the RH Bill. We are thankful for the President for prioritizing the enactment of an RH bill.”
Details of the President’s proposed measure of course isn’t clear yet. The President wants national family planning centers. How divergent is it, if at all from Lagman’s bill? Does it take the best of the Lagman bill, and create a bill that will give us a reproductive health bill, however imperfect?
By renaming the bill, does it give it a fighting chance? After all, the reproductive health bill from the get go, was about giving choice, and responsible parenthood, it would seem be about giving parents the choice of family planing methods.
What do you think?