Facts vs Myths on Population, Family Planning, and Reproductive Heath

By Mulat Pinoy

Myth #1: Contraceptives cause abortion. Life begins at fertilization, so contraceptives kill children. (pp. 2-3) FACT: Contraceptives DO NOT cause abortion. Research has shown that the use of contraceptives prevents up to 112 million abortions each year and reduces abortion by 85%.

Myth #2: Contraceptives are dangerous to health and cause cancer. (pp. 4-5) FACT: Contraceptives DO NOT cause cancer, have been proven safe worldwide, and even lower cancer risk.

Myth #3: Mandatory sex education and contraceptives will destroy the family, compromise morality, increase promiscuity and promote HIV infections. (p. 6) FACT: MAJORITY of studies prove that age-appropriate sex education and contraceptive provision REDUCE sexually transmitted infections, DO NOT cause promiscuity, and even DELAY sexual experiences among youth.

Myth #4: Family Planning using artificial methods is against Filipino culture. (p. 7) FACT: National surveys show that majority of Filipinos believe that family planning using modern and artificial methods is important. Many of them prefer smaller family sizes.

Myth#5: NaturalFamilyPlanning(NFP)isthemosteffectiveandsafefamilyplanningmethod,isfree,andis the only program that should be supported by the government. (pp. 8-9) FACT: Both NFP and modern methods are needed to effectively and safely address maternal health, family planning, and sustainable development.

Myth #6: There is no link between population and poverty. Corruption is the sole cause of poverty. (pp. 10-13) FACT: There is a proven, strong link between poverty, rapid population growth, & large unplanned family sizes.

Myth#7: The Philippines has enough resources to meet a larger population. (pp. 14-17) FACT: The Philippines will not develop sustainably unless it slows its rapidly growing population

Myth #8: Highly populated countries like India and China are successful because of their large populations, while other countries are experiencing a “demographic winter.” (pp. 18-20) FACT: India and China have been trying to reduce population growth and family sizes for decades, and their growth is due to improving productivity of their citizens. The Philippines is 100 years away from a “demographic winter,” and even with lowered population growth and fertility rates, will already reach 160 million in 2060. Without this, the Philippines may have an unsustainable population of 240 million people.

Myth #9: Family planning through modern contraceptives is against the Constitution (p. 21-22) FACT: The Philippine Constitution and Philippine commitments to international agreements allow family planning and the use of modern methods.

Myth #10: Islam, Christianity and other major religions forbid contraception. (pp. 23-28) FACT: Islam, most Christian denominations, and other major religions allow couples to use modern and natural methods to plan their families. The governments of Catholic countries have accepted family planning policies with State provision of modern and natural family planning methods.

This is just a snippet.  For the entire book please download: Get Real: Facts v. Myths on Population, Family Planning and Reproductive Heath (PDF).  Also available on Scribd.

Courtesy, Mulat Pinoy.