Good afternoon! I was in the Batasan last Tuesday Jun 7. I must say I was surprised and disappointed that Representative Tinio of the ACT stood up to defend the RH Bill. Teaching is such a noble profession, perhaps the noblest as it forms the heart of making of a man, a person. I ask you to please rethink the ACT’s position in this and request you to read the attached, one of many you may choose to use as a startoff point for more and deeper research into why this RH Bill is a useless one, one which our Country does not need.
wiht all due respect. Celia B. Elumba, email@example.com
LEADS TO ABORTION
Bernardo M. Villegas
Some well meaning individuals support the RH Bill because they contend that a more widespread availability of contraceptives will reduce illegal abortions in the Philippines. They sincerely bewail the thousands of illegal abortions being performed yearly in the Philippines and they are of the opinion that making pills, condoms and other contraceptive devices more freely available, especially to the poor, will actually reduce these illegal abortions.
Such an opinion is based on pure speculation that is not based on empirical science. On the other hand, there is abundant research in countries where contraceptive devices are freely available in vending machines or the corner drug store demonstrating that abortions tend to increase with the widespread use of contraception. I have lived in two countries where contraception has been practiced for decades – the United States and Spain – where hundreds of thousands of babies are being aborted every year. Even prescinding from the medical fact that some so-called contraceptives (e.g. the “morning after pill” and the IUD) do not prevent fertilization but kill the human life before implantation, the RH Bill should not be passed because it will encourage the widespread use of artificial contraceptives, which in turn will increase abortions.
Some of our economists who favor the RH Bill are still too enamored with the sterile tool of econometrics. They subject economic data to purely mathematical and statistical analysis without having recourse to the behavioral sciences that can capture more completely the very complex reality that the human being is. It is no surprise that a good number of “economists” who have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in the last decade or so come from other social sciences or make full use of the findings of such disciplines as social psychology, sociology, philosophy, anthropology, etc. One such Nobel laureate is George Arthur Akerlof of the University of California (Berkeley). In 2001, Akerlof shared the Nobel Prize in Economics with
Michael Spence and Joseph Stiglitz.
From the psycho-sociological studies of Akerlof, we find strong empirical evidence that the widespread use of contraception has increased the rates of divorce, abortion, single motherhood and psychologically disturbed children – which are not only social ills but can lead to significant increases in public spending to address the consequent social problems. Akerlof described a phenomenon that he labeled “reproductive technology shock.” He demonstrated through empirical studies in the U.S. that new technologies that had helped to spawn the late 20th Century sexual revolution – modern contraceptive devices and legal abortion – had not only failed to suppress the incidence of out-of-wedlock child bearing but also had actively worked to increase it.
How can we explain the “reproductive technology shock” from the viewpoint of behavioral science? For women who had not been using contraceptives, these technologies had transformed the old paradigm of socio-sexual assumptions, expectations, and behaviors in ways that were especially disadvantageous. For example, the availability of legal abortion now allowed men to view their offspring as the deliberate product of female choice rather than the chance product of sexual intercourse. Thus it encouraged biological fathers to reject not only any supposed obligation to marry the mother but also the very idea of paternal obligation. Behavioral changes like these are what are completely ignored by those advocating the RH Bill. They only focus on the short-run problem of reducing illegal abortions or the number of mothers dying at child birth.
Even their assumptions about the short-term benefits of making contraceptives available to the poor can be questioned for lack of empirical evidence. I have seen no studies showing that those who procure illegal abortions would have not become pregnant if they had access to contraceptives. As demonstrated in numerous studies in other countries, those who are frequent users of contraceptives are the ones most prone to having abortions. The explanation given here is that contraceptive users tend to take more risks in instant gratification, either with the same partner or multiple partners. The social norm of avoiding pre-marital sex is more easily discarded when contraceptives are widely available. This transformation of behavior is explained by Akerlof’s theory about “social identity.” He and co-author Rachel Kranton argued that individuals do not have preferences only over different goods and services. They also adhere to social norms for how different people should behave. The widespread use of contraceptives and the introduction of legal abortion in the United States changed the social norms which kept abortions at a low level in the past. I am against the RH Bill because I take very seriously the findings of behavioral sciences. The proponents of the RH Bill show an abysmal ignorance of these findings.
Another assumption being made by those who favor the RH Bill is that maternal mortality would decline with greater access of the poor to contraceptives. Once again, I find no empirical backing of this heroic assumption. I still have to be presented studies which prove that mothers who die while giving birth did not want to be pregnant and would have avoided pregnancy if they had been given access to artificial contraceptives. Obviously, none of these mothers could have been interviewed after death. It is very possible that these unfortunate women wanted very much to be mothers. The solution, therefore, is not to increase access to contraceptives but to do everything possible to put up more maternity clinics and to make midwives available even in the most remote regions of the country. It is beyond me why there is an obsession to reduce maternal mortality by preventing women to be mothers.
Advocates of the RH Bill will reply to these objections by saying that some local surveys show that there are many mothers among poor households who have had unwanted pregnancies. With all due respect to these survey companies and the groups financing such surveys, I find both the methods and contents of these surveys highly questionable from the scientific point of view. The questions are formulated to elicit the desired answers, very much like polls predicting the results of elections that are financed by the candidates themselves. These surveys on family planning are frequently funded by inter-national organizations (especially from the U.S.) that have a distinct bias in
favor of birth control. More objective studies by economists abroad (like Lant Princhett of Harvard University) have scientifically demonstrated that mothers have the number of children that they desire. The concept of “unwanted pregnancy” is highly suspect except in extreme cases of rape and incest.
Finally, to the objection that all the scientific studies I have cited only permit a rational person to talk about probabilities, i.e. contraception “may” increase the rate of abortion, I answer that all legislation is about probability. Speed limits are imposed because driving beyond these limits “may” lead to accidents. Monopolies are prohibited because monopolists “may” use their power to abuse consumers. Cigarette manufacturers are obliged to put a warning on their labels because cigarette smoking “may” be dangerous to your health. For an analogous reason, any rational person will object to a law promoting the use of artificial contraceptives among the masses because contraception may increase the rate of abortion, marriage breakups, single motherhood, and psychologically troubled teenagers and all the consequent economic and social costs to Philippine society.
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Sir ,how can be a officially member of ACT
You may fill-up our online membership form or you may confer with our ACT coordinator in your area.
Dear Sir Pacquing,
What division are you teaching right now? May we know your cellphone number? So, we can refer you to one of our Regional Coordinators.
Ms. JR Rodriguez
Good day Hon. Tinio. First, I would like to thank you for supporting us teachers regarding our concerns. Lalong lalo na po sa pagtataas ng aming moralidad sa pamamagitan ng pagsulong ng house bill 2142. Sir, meron lang po akong gustong LINAWIN. Bawal po ba kung naka ranking ang isang aplikanteng guro halimbawa naka rank sa ELEMENTARY at the same time naka rank din sa SECONDARY sa iisang DIVISION? Ito po ba ay pag labag sa batas?
RH Bill imposed by the Government(freedom) to MINIMIZE the RAPID GROWTH of population in our country. Please OPEN YOUR MIND people. You see, in the PAST years, abortion were already happened. NOW our government sees that ONE of the CAUSE of ECONOMIC CRISIS is the RAPID GROWTH of population in our country.. The ACT of MR TINIO is RIGHT he support RH Bill…..we cannot DENY nowadays, even 14 year old knows how to ABORT. ABORTION is a MORTAL SIN than to PREVENT ABORTION.
gaano po katotoo na pwede na sa isang public school teacher ang isang single mother?
gud day, sri/ma’am.
i had already submitted a request to join ACT through the “JOIN US” link of your website a week ago but until now, i haven’t received yet a text message informing me nearest regional headquarters of ACT. What shall I do, sir/ma’am? Thanks.
Dear Sir Mathwire,
From.what division po kayo. So i can provide you our regional coordinator.
Ms. JR Rodriguez
Good evening! Can you please put important information about your group? like history of ACT, how and where it is founded. I’m doing some research about ACT for educational purposes, and I haven’t seen anything on the net regarding its history,I mostly see objectives of your group.Future educator here, need it on our Social Study finals. Thanks and more power!
Being a teacher is not as easy job you could expect. There’s a lot of things that you have to work for because you will have to adjust your behavior in dealing the different kinds of students that you will have, so it’s advisable that they should receive a good salary, for them to be inspired for their teaching even they were having a hard time spending for students with different circumstances.
can I ask what are the projects that ACT teachers successfully implemented? specific po. i need it badly for my research thank you!
Dear Ms. Mildred,
Maraming salamat po sa inyong interes sa aming partido. Hinggil po sa inyong katanungan, bilang isang kinatawan ng mga guro at empleyado ng gobyerno sa Kongreso tungkulin po ng aming mga kinatawan at lahat ng mga mamambatas na magpanukala ng mga magiging batas para po sa kapakanan ng kanyang sektor na kinakatawan at ng mamamayan. Noong nakaraang 16th na Kongreso isa sa mga panukalang batas na naisabatas ay ang HB 248 AN ACT INCREASING THE CEILING FOR THE TOTAL EXCLUSION FROM GROSS INCOME OF 13TH MONTH PAY AND OTHER BENEFITS TO SIXTY THOUSAND PESOS, AMENDING FOR THE PURPOSE SECTION 32 (B)(7)(E) OF THE NATIONAL INTERNAL REVENUE CODE, na kung saan tumaas ang ceiling mula 30,000 hanggang 82,000 ng mga bonuses na natatanggap natin kada taon. Ibig sabihin, mas maeenjoy muna ang mga bonuses na matatanggap mo kada taon.
Narito ang link para sa HB 248- http://www.congress.gov.ph/legisdocs/?v=billsresults#16
Substitute Bill 4970- http://www.congress.gov.ph/legisdocs/?v=billsresults#16
Republic Act 10653-http://www.gov.ph/2015/02/12/republic-act-no-10653/
Isa sa mga pangunahin na nagsulong ng batas na ito (RA 10653) ay si Rep. Antonio Tinio. Kung may mga katanungan ka pa hinggil dito at sa iba pang mga batas na pangunahin na nagsulong ang ACT Teachers Party-List ay mag email lamang po sa email@example.com