Article 7 and its provisions for being unconstitutional

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By Fe San Juan Hidalgo

Citizen Fe

Monday, April 21, 2014


IN MY columns written on August 14 and 21 in 2012, I wrote 'The RH Bill- The Endless Debates Parts 1 and 2'. Here I objected to all parts of the bill except article 7 and its provisions. I was right all along. Now, I am not repeating all my premises on objecting. The gist is the bill has provisions which disregard the sacredness and sanctity of life, of human sexuality and reproduction or procreation, and marriage as planned by the almighty. It dwells on thwarting the successful union of a healthy ovum of the female partner and the healthy sperm cell of the male partner which may procreate a baby by all artificial means like contraceptives as condoms, pills, IUD, diaphragm, drugs taken to prevent conception for set periods of time. All of these are not permitted by the tenets of our Catholic faith. For us the only permissible means is responsible parenthood in natural family planning.

The most reliable method is the Billing's Mucous Fertility procedure. The other natural methods are the temperature method, the hormone production method, the fact that a breastfeeding mother will not conceive a baby, and abstinence which lies on the will power of spouses not to have sexual contact when they know that the female parent is fertile based on a moral duty to do so. The rhythm method traditionally practiced by Filipinos is disregarded now due to its proven innacurate success rate.

All Catholics are duty bound to teach, enlighten, and educate all members of their flock, young and old, rich and poor alike to adhere to this moral way of procreating new human beings. Responsible parenthood of family planning for a married couple , husband and wife mutually agree to have the number of children whom they can afford to rear sufficiently from infancy to adulthood physically, biologically, emotionally, socially, economically , and most important of all , morally and spiritually.

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More than number of children, the couple must practice the natural method of family planning. In the Billing's method or the mucous fertility  procedure, the husband and wife will sit down together and work out the following incidences which will have a bearing on the success of their plan. It takes two to tango, so they say. With loving regard they have to accurately do this.  Get a notebook and record as in a calendar these days.  The onset of menstruation from day 1 till the bleeding stops. Then in the ensuing days notice discharges from the vaginal opening. Notice this on the surface , no need to place your finger inside. These vaginal discharges are the so called "white mens" or the mucus. They change from the thick somewhat hard discharge like a pasty fluid. Mark this in your notes with the dates in the calendar. Then notice that the mucus is softening  but still thick. Mark this with the calendar dates. Now is the crucial information on your wife's fertile period. The mucus becomes thin and soft like the white of a raw chicken egg . It may be seen as dropping between the legs like a pendulum. Mark this one day. This is the peak day and you are 100% fertile. If you want to have a baby, have sexual contact on this day. If you do not want a baby yet, by all means, do not have sexual contact. Sublimate the desire, exercise or do anything  to divert your attention . You are human and responsible to do this. The baby formed is a girl. For a bonus chance, if you want a boy postpone your love making the next day. The explanation for this is the fact that an ovum or egg cell of female parent lives for one day only while a sperm cell of the male parent stays longer after sexual intercourse. The baby girl is formed at the time of actual sexual intercourse.

Let us go on with recording the following days. You will notice the mucus will change again from soft to thick texture and then the next menstruation period starts. Mark this till the last day of bleeding. Now look at your data and place letters to identify them. Place M for bleeding days. Place S for all thick mucus days. Mark thin mucus as PEAK DAY -100% fertile day. Mark 3 days before peak day and 3 days after peak day as Y days.

In connection with fertility the meanings of S is safe days. You may have sexual contact and not get pregnant. These are days after the three Y days. Y means precaution days; just abstain to play safe.

You are not yet finished. Do this calendar month after month to establish the fertility cycle of your wife. Does she belong to the 28-day cycle type, the most common or the shorter cycle, and the known longest cycle of 50 days? Then natural family planning is set and it only takes "I can feel it" routine said with love and devotion.  This means the mucus flow felt by the wife and you have the go and stop signals. Both are human enough to heed the signals, unlike animals that are uncontrollable when they are in heat.

Limiting family size they say have to do with overpopulation and prevention of poverty. Remember limiting population to zero growth rate is dangerous. Human beings are still the best resources for a country's progress and advancement. European countries are peopled by elderly population with no youth to speak of so they have to get  their help from overseas workers , the OFW's. The OFW's in spite of their big remittances to our government funds are saddened by family separations and problems leading to broken families. Let us have these situations in mind regarding the questionable measures in the RH BILL.  

For comments, text cellphone no. 09202112534.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 22, 2014.

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