12 Reasons Why We Say “NO” to the
Reproductive Health Bill 5043
1. HB 5043 is based on a flawed data on population growth rates and fertility levels. It
ignores the negative impact on the economy and society of an ageing population, as
experienced in many developed countries. If we spend out scare resources towards birth
control, we would be promoting the undesirable outcome of depopulation.
RP’s Population Growth Rate has declined since the Year 2000 Census of 2.36%. The
correct PGR is lower. UN states it at 1.8%, whilst the NCSO reports 1.94% for its
2005-2010 projection. RP’s Total Fertility Rate is not 3.5. It is 2.6 (based on UN) or 3.2
(based on NSO). In a few decades, fertility rate will be at replacement level of 2.1, and
may even continue its downward slope, leading to race extinction.
2. HB 5043 places an overwhelming emphasis on contraception at the expense of all other
values, including medical care for the sick and the dying. Top 10 causes of
Morbidity/Death in the Philippines lists Pneumonia, Bronchitis, Diarrhea, Influenza and
Hypertension as the highest ranking causes of death among women. There is a distortion
of human values if we prioritize the prevention of procreation over saving lives.
The WHO has also concluded that HORMONAL CONTRACEPTIVES CAUSE
CANCER, Warning Level1, according to the International Alliance for Research in
3. HB 5043 promotes abortion. These HORMONAL CONTRACEPTIVES ACT AS
ABORTIFACIENTS. They do not prevent ovulation 100%of the time and thus,
fertilization can still occur. When the fertilized ovum is prevented from implanting in the
uterus because of the effect of the pill, this ovum is expelled. This is plain and simple
abortion. ( Note: Research shows that ovulation still occurs during pill use in 6 out of 210
menstrual cycles, hence, there remains a grave risk of the abortion of undetected
pregnancies that may still be occurring,)
4. It is not true that widespread use of contraceptives will reduce illegal abortions. In
every single country where contraceptives became widely available, abortions increased
because of the contraceptive mindset being promoted in society. This bill, in effect,
5. HB 5043, with its 2-child ideal ( Section 12) and “free ligation” ( Section 6.g), will
result in social stigma and discrimination against large families. The ideal family size is
what parents responsibly decide. This is not to be mandated nor encouraged by the State.
6. HB 5043 legislates “reproductive health and sexuality education” or mandatory sex
education of the youth ( Section 12). There is no evidence of success in responsible
sexual behavior as a result of sex education in classrooms. . In the US, teenage
pregnancies and cases of STDs continue to climb yearly despite sex education in
classrooms. Teaching youth about abstinence and, at the same time, discussion birth
control as an acceptable option, is a mixed message with serious consequences
7. HB 5043 forces all health care service providers, including private doctors, nurses,
clinics and hospitals, to make referrals for the provision of abortifacient drugs and devices
( Section 16.a.4.). Refusal will be punished by fine and/or imprisonment. This is a
violation of a person’s freedom of conscience.
8. HB5043 forces every employer to provide abortifacient contraceptives ( Section 13),
even if this will result in the deaths of Filipino children not yet born. It infringes on the
individual’s freedom of conscience and religion.
9. HB 5043 provides that any person who publicly or even privately disagrees with its
premises, conclusion or implementation is subject to fine or imprisonment ( Section
16.d.). This would include any future campaign to repeal it. As written, this also applies
to parents instructing their children. NO exception is made for ethical or religious
10. HB 5043 has as one of its Guiding Principles that unmarried couples, including
children of reproductive age ( Sections 3.1, and Section 3.j.) will receive contraception
education ( Section 3.d) and a full range of contraceptive drugs and devices ( Section
3.j.). No provision is made for parental consent, or even notification, in the case of
11. HB 5043 violates the Constitutional safeguards for life and family (Article II, Sections
12 & 13, Article XV, Sections 1 & 13.) It allows anyone to avail of RH services like
vasectomy or ligation without the consent of the spouse, thereby creating artificial
conflicts between spouses. Similarly, an abused minor (e.g. raped victim) may also avail
of some of these contraceptives, i.e. “morning-after-Pill” without the consent of parents.
12. Poverty is not caused nor aggravated by overpopulation, but by the wrong economic
policies, poor governance and systemic corruption. Numerous economic studies have
shown that there is no correlation between population and poverty.