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Friday, January 8, 2016

Why The Philippine Government Is Right in Cutting the Budget for Contraception

January 8, 2016
by Vladimir Santos
Recently, Health Secretary Janette Garin told the press that the budget for contraceptives has been scrapped. As if the tensions were not big enough during the discussion on the RH Bill, this decision took the conflict to a whole new level. It is a classic clash between the conservatives and the liberals, definitely much more entertaining to see than a 10v10 Clan War on Clash of Clans (a popular online mobile game). The liberals, who claim to be open-minded, are pissed and they are not taking this well. If you are a liberal who claims to be open-minded, then open your mind to this: the government made the right decision, and chances are you will not like what I have to say! Oh, and this is long. Do not proceed if you are sensitive to “political correctness” because you are merely comfortable with your own set of ideologies!
“Why should the government sponsor the sinful life of premarital sex to stop HIV when it is the sinner’s own fault? To say it in another way, why would I pay (tax) to give some careless guy a condom so that he can screw someone else? If you want to lead a sinful life, go ahead, but don’t do it at the expense of someone else’s money!” Normally, that is what any conservative would say, but this one does not do much good if it would turn people off from reading this at the start, knowing liberals are allergic to anything that has something to do with religion and capitalism. So let us forget the word “God” and “sin” for a while to give them a chance to catch their breath and tackle each problem on its own, excluding special instances such as HIV transmitted through sex within marriage and HIV transmitted through birth.
If having premarital sex, often with more than one partner before marriage, can increase the probability of transmitting HIV, then abstaining from premarital sex can guarantee 100% that HIV would not be transmitted. Simple common sense logic, right? Let us complicate it, courtesy of liberal lifestyle. Liberals do not really have that amount of discipline; otherwise, this problem would have been solved a long time ago. So, the liberals made a COMPROMISE, and this is called CONTRACEPTION. They started inventing condoms, pills, and many other unnecessarily unnatural ways to make sure that sex is as “safe” as it can get, but there are two problems: it costs money and it is not 100% effective. The number bounces around 95-99% at best. Condoms, which costs money, sometimes do not work. Pills, which costs money, sometimes do not work. That one instance of “sometime” is all it takes to transfer HIV from one person to another. Abstinence is 100% effective and costs absolutely nothing, and that is a BIG fact that liberals can never deny! While some would say that promoting abstinence will not work, that it is a “far-fetched solution”, all it really takes is discipline, and discipline is what is far-fetched!
Liberals would argue that the increase in teenage pregnancy and HIV is due to a lack of sex education. “Contraceptives are 95-99% effective; abstinence will always be 100% effective”. What more sex education does anyone need? Obviously, sex education is not really the problem. Common sense and discipline, sadly lacking among Filipinos, which is partially responsible for our poverty, are the root causes of why abstinence continues to fail. I am not surprised that particularly, liberals lack discipline. They crave instant gratification, which is the same reason why obese people would rather believe in this crap called “body positivity” and promoting that sugarcoated lie instead of working out to be fit, but let us not stray out of topic.
Another problem among some of the poor Filipinos is that sometimes, even if you educate them, they themselves refuse to be educated, and this leads them to make poor decisions again and again. There is nothing more you can do for them, except let them suffer the consequences and hope that they can finally learn on their own. In case some of you may still doubt the existence of people who abstain from sex before marriage and whether it is effective or not, ask a legitimate, faithful, honorable, and honest Christian or Muslim and ask them whether they have HIV despite abstaining from sex before marriage, taking into consideration of course our previously preset exclusions. I must warn you though that these people are very hard to find. They probably do not subscribe to the crap you watch on local TV, which probably influenced you a lot together with your neighbors who suck up to American liberal ideologies, but if you do find these good people, ask them nicely, and you may even unconsciously repent on your sins. Be like these people who are ready to help anyone in need for as long as they repent.
Research suggests that promoting contraception is more effective than promoting abstinence. That is true so far! Take note that the key word here is “promote”, which is different from actually doing it. It makes a BIG, BIG difference! You can advertise your product to “promote” it to customers in the hopes that it would turn into sales, but you can never force them to buy it. Whether the customer buys or not is dependent on their discipline and their ability to make a decision, in which they suffer the consequences of their decision or indecision, but just because promoting contraception seems more effective than promoting abstinence right now does not mean that we should promote contraception all the way and just scrap the idea of abstinence. It just means that we should promote abstinence better! Why settle for a compromise instead of a solution? Compromise…este contraception is not 100% effective. Abstinence is 100% effective and costs absolutely nothing. If the people we need to help are the poor, what more do you want?

Vladimir Santos

Vladimir Santos is currently an undergraduate student at De La Salle University - Manila School of Economics taking up BS in Applied Economics major in Industrial Economics and BS in Commerce major in Management of Financial Institutions. He participates as a delegate at youth conferences that cater to national policy changes such as Philippine Model Congress and Model United Nations. He has a keen sense of patriotism and is also an advocate of agricultural development in the country.

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