Friday 9th October 2015

Home » Featured Today » Currently Reading:

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “The RH Bill: Showcase Of Population Control Tactics”

April 10, 2014 Featured Today No Comments

(Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995.)

+    +    +

Nowhere is the battle between the Culture of Life and the Culture of Death more ferocious than it is in the Philippines right now.
The primary weapon the population controllers are deploying there is the Reproductive Health Bill, which was enacted by the Congress in December 2012 but is currently tied up in the court system. The years of struggle over the RH Bill have showcased the tactics used by population controllers all over the world, allowing us to analyze them and learn from them.
The main argument of the population controllers is that a large population dooms a developing nation to poverty. The RH Bill proposes to solve this problem by mandating the universal provision of all methods of birth control, including abortifacients.
However, those pushing the RH Bill are deliberately ignoring the critical fact that a large workforce is required to build a nation. The Wall Street Journal says that the promotion of a reproductive health bill is “jarring, because it would put the Philippines in danger of following China’s path into middle-income development followed by a demographic trap of too few workers. The Philippines doesn’t have too many people, it has too few pro-growth policies.”
The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, one of the world’s largest banks, recently projected that the Philippines would possess the world’s 16th largest economy by the year 2050 due to its rapidly growing population. However, this prediction was made before the RH Bill was passed, and will not be valid if the nation’s population growth rate rapidly decelerates under a regime of contraception, sterilization, and abortion.
From a purely economic point of view, it is better for a nation to grow old after it has grown rich, which is Europe’s experience. But if a nation like the Philippines grows old before it becomes rich, it will be doomed to permanent economic mediocrity.
Population control programs always contain a strong element of eugenics. As ex-President Fidel Ramos said, “I think the philosophy of [the] RH bill is that we must learn to produce quality people in this world instead of producing people who only end up as, say, beggars on the streets, scavengers, or sellers of cheap or prohibited items. This, I think, is the real valid argument in favor of the RH bill.”
Population controllers also allege that the number of abortions will be reduced by the widespread promotion of contraception. As the International Consortium for Medical Abortion asserts, “The lack of a comprehensive contraceptive program of the [Philippine] government, as a result of this Catholic pressure, leads to unwanted pregnancies, which, in turn, is the root cause of abortion incidence in the country.”
However, experts on both sides of the debate agree that contraception will increase, not decrease, the incidence of abortion.
For example, Professor Kingsley Davis of the United States Commission on Population Growth and the American Future stated more than four decades ago:
“The current belief that illegitimacy will be reduced if teenage girls are given an effective contraceptive is an extension of the same reasoning that created the problem in the first place. It reflects an unwillingness to face problems of social control and social discipline, while trusting some technological device to extricate society from its difficulties. The irony is that the illegitimacy rise occurred precisely while contraceptive use was becoming more, rather than less, widespread and respectable.”
And more than half a century ago Alfred Kinsey, America’s most famous “sexologist,” put his finger on the reason that contraception, no matter how perfectly it functions when used, will never reduce the incidence of abortion:
“At the risk of being repetitious, I would remind the group that we have found the highest frequency of induced abortion in the group which, in general, most frequently uses contraceptives. I don’t think it is entirely carelessness. As I pointed out before, you don’t do anything — putting on your clothes, or going to bed, or drinking, or eating — with absolute regularity. And I think it is just too much to hope that we can ever have any contraceptive practice, outside of temporary sterilization, which is going to prevent this occasional slip that accounts for a high proportion of undesired pregnancies and abortions, especially among those of the upper socioeconomic levels.”
These predictions have been borne out by bitter experience. No matter how perfect contraceptive technology becomes, people will remain imperfect at using it. According to the Guttmacher Institute, there are about two million contraceptive failures in the United States each year, and that more than half of women seeking abortions were using contraception when they became pregnant.
It is quite obvious to all but the most ideologically driven that contraception leads to an explosion in the rate of overconfident sexual activity, and thus to many more “unwanted” pregnancies when the contraception frequently fails. This is what drives the call for legalized abortion, and the population controllers know it. They are also well aware that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that “reproductive health includes contraception and family planning and access to legal, safe abortion.”
Thus, it is obvious that the primary purpose of the RH Bill is to pave the way for legalized abortion in the Philippines. As Pope John Paul II wrote in Evangelium Vitae, “Indeed, the pro-abortion culture is especially strong precisely where the Church’s teaching on contraception is rejected” (n. 13).
Another tactic the pro-abortionists use is to grossly exaggerate the number of women who die of illegal abortions, then demand that abortion be legalized.
For example, the Center for Reproductive Rights published a glossy 2010 report entitled Forsaken Lives: The Harmful Impact of the Philippine Criminal Abortion Ban. This report alleges that there are 560,000 illegal abortions annually in the Philippines (which makes the abortion rate 57 percent higher than in the USA, where it is legal!), and that 1,000 women die and 90,000 are injured every year from injuries inflicted by illegal abortions. The report then admits that there is no possible way to make an accurate estimate of these statistics since the procedure is illegal.
But such trivialities as lack of evidence or documentation never stop the population controllers from trying! And, of course, the quick and obvious solution — arresting the illegal abortionists — is anathema to the population controllers.
One of the reasons the RH Bill was passed was a constant drumbeat of propaganda alleging that the widespread use of contraceptives will decrease the high rate of maternal mortality in the Philippines. However, there is ample statistical evidence showing that the main causes of high maternal mortality in the Philippines is not a lack of contraception or “safe” abortion, but insufficient resources to guarantee attended childbirth.
The Philippine Medical Association (PMA) stated in its Position Paper on the RH Bill that the goal of reducing the rise of maternal and child deaths “could be attained by improving maternal and child health care without the necessity of distributing contraceptives. The millions of [pesos of] funds intended for the contraceptive devices may just well be applied in improving the skills of our health workers in reducing maternal and child mortality in the Philippines.”
But of all the arguments advanced by the pro-RH forces, none has been as effective as the appeal to individual conscience. Catholics for [a Free] Choice is active in the Philippines, and we can see its grubby fingerprints all over the debate on conscience.
In order to subvert the teachings of the Church on conscience, the population controllers must first recruit a group of prominent Catholic turncoats. Fourteen professors from Ateneo de Manila University, a famous Catholic university, seemed eager to betray their country and their faith.
They published a paper entitled Catholics Can Support the RH Bill in Good Conscience, which appeared to be written entirely by CFFC or a similar organization. The paper states that “Catholic social teachings recognize the primacy of the well-formed conscience over wooden compliance to directives from political and religious authorities,” and urged the Church to stop opposing the RH Bill. They went on to say that “we further believe that it is possible for Catholics like ourselves to support HB 5043 in good conscience, even as we recognize, with some anguish, that our view contradicts the position held by some of our fellow Catholics, including our bishops.”
The Ateneo paper mentions the individual person’s conscience several times, but, as always, the only consciences that matter to pro-abortionists are their own.
The RH Bill provides for heavy fines and imprisonment for Catholic and other hospital personnel who refuse on conscience grounds to distribute contraception or perform sterilizations. There is absolutely no conscience clause. Every employer must provide all methods of “family planning” to all of its female employees. Additionally, anyone who distributes “malicious disinformation” about the RH Bill itself can be jailed. Naturally, the population controllers have refused to define this term when questioned, but we can be quite certain that they consider all opposition to the RH Bill to be “malicious.”
In other words, the RH Bill utterly tramples the conscience rights of practicing Catholics. The Ateneo statement is merely a pretty package of lies concocted to soothe the feelings of the pro-RH elite, including those “Catholic” politicians who voted for it.
On a final note, the Ateneo statement echoed Catholics for a Free Choice once again when it claimed: “We share neither the view nor the fear that discussing sex in schools will make adolescents prurient and promiscuous.” But the population controllers know that the best way to destroy the innocence of the children and get them “hooked” on contraception is through graphic sex education, which under the RH Bill will be mandatory with no opt-out.
As Alan Guttmacher famously said, “The only avenue the International Planned Parenthood Federation and its allies could travel to win the battle for abortion on demand is through sex education.”


The Reproductive Health Bill is a complete package designed to integrate the anti-life mentality into the very fabric of Filipino thinking. It is nothing more than a tool to smooth the road for abortion on demand in the Philippines. It will spread failure-prone contraception all over the country, leading to an inevitable demand for legalized abortion. It mandates explicit sex education without an opt-out clause so that children will get hooked on sex. And it severely punishes anyone who does not support the program.
It is quite literally a “lethal injection” to the soul of the nation, as the European experience has shown us. The Europeans have also taught us that there is no comeback from a program of this kind. Once the people accept it, there is no turning back, and the nation slowly dies — which, of course, is exactly what the population controllers desire.
If the Supreme Court of the Philippines upholds the RH Bill, dozens of abortion clinics will spring up in the larger cities in a matter of weeks, many of which have been operating as illegal abortion mills for years. Sex education among the youth will lead to an entirely predictable procession of social woes, from widespread teenage pregnancy to rampant disease to a plunge in the marriage rate. The divorce rate will skyrocket, and many more women and children will fall into poverty.
Developed nations pay tens of billions of dollars annually to try to clean up the carnage caused by legalized contraception, divorce, and abortion. Fortunately for them, these massive costs represent not much more than a burdensome tax rate to people and corporations. But for a poor nation like the Philippines, it means a guaranteed reservation among the ranks of poor nations for decades to come, and a dramatic slowing of economic progress.
Please pray fervently for the future of the Philippines. If the RH Bill passes, the soul of this most Catholic country will slowly wither and die. The West will have occupied the Philippines yet again, but this time in the most effective way — we will have taken over the minds of the people, and will watch them preside over their own destruction.

Share Button

Comment on this Article:

Untitled 3

Pope FrancisAn Open Letter To His Holiness Pope Francis      Given the controversy and confusion surrounding the 2014 Synod on the Family, the staff of The Wanderer and its supporters thought it appropriate to address Pope Francis with an open letter . . .

Canadian Catholic Schools Defy Archbishop on Transgender Policy

DMONTON, Alberta, Canada, October 8, 2015 ( – A Catholic school district in Canada is planning to approve a transgender policy contrary to its archbishop’s guidelines. The Edmonton Catholic school district in Alberta wants to push through a radical transgender…Continue Reading

Synod Showdown Report—October 5, 2015

We’re just out of the first press briefing of the Synod 2015, and things have pretty much picked up where they ended last year. The lead story, if you want to say there’s a lead to this, was a question…Continue Reading

Gov. Brown signs controversial assisted-suicide bill

Caught between conflicting moral arguments, Gov. Jerry Brown, a former Jesuit seminary student, signed a measure Monday allowing physicians to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients who want to hasten their deaths. Brown appeared to struggle in…Continue Reading

Someone is Lying About the Pope’s Meeting with Kim Davis

Papal spokesman Father Thomas Rosica flatly denies Kim Davis met privately with Pope Francis when he visited Washington, D.C. which stands in flat contradiction to Davis’s claims. In Roscia’s telling Davis was part of a large number of people as…Continue Reading

Top Universities Defend Research Using Body Parts From Aborted Babies

Some of America’s top universities have signed a letter urging states not to support legislation that would ban the sale of aborted babies for research. The letter comes after ten videos surfaced exposing Planned Parenthood’s organ harvesting business, along with…Continue Reading

Catholic Hospitals Sued For Refusing Emergency Care To Pregnant Women

The American Civil Liberties Union on Thursday announced that it is suing Trinity Health Corporation, which operates 80 hospitals nationwide, for refusing to provide pregnant women suffering from life-threatening emergency complications with abortions. Trinity Health hospitals have “repeatedly and systematically…Continue Reading

Too Scared to Pray? ISIL Cancels Prayers for Fear of Russian Airstrikes

The Islamic State terror group cancelled Friday prayers in the Syrian city of Raqqa and emptied mosques there out of fear of further Russian airstrikes, according to activists and city residents. According to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights,…Continue Reading

Putin defends Russia’s ban on youth-focused gay propaganda: ‘I believe we should leave kids in peace’

MOSCOW, September 29, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – In 2013, Russia passed an amendment to the country’s Child Protection Law against “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations to minors,” which also safeguards children from being adopted by homosexuals. Western governments, led by the…Continue Reading

EXPOSED: The billionaire Planned Parenthood donor who wants his donations kept very, very secret

Sept. 28, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Three weeks after I left my job at the clinic, Planned Parenthood took me to court. I am always asked, “Why would they take you to court? Did they have something to hide?” Well, yes.…Continue Reading

Cardinal Burke Brought Back Into Roman Curia By Pope Francis

Raymond Cardinal Burke has been re-appointed to Congregation for the Causes of Saints from which he had been removed in December of 2013.

The Secret Meeting of the Papal Trip

Washington, D.C. One meeting during Pope Francis’ whirlwind trip to America has remained secret. Until now. It was, arguably, the most significant meeting, symbolically, of the entire trip. It should, therefore, be brought to the attention of the public, both…Continue Reading

Angry Pope Blasts Mayor of Rome as a ‘Pretend Catholic’

Pope Francis raised eyebrows in Italy on Tuesday by slapping down the left-leaning mayor of Rome as someone who “pretends to be Catholic”. The unforgiving assessment of Ignazio Marino — a man the Italian media love to hate — further…Continue Reading


Untitled 5 Untitled 2

Attention Readers:

  Welcome to our new website. Readers who are familiar with The Wanderer know we have been providing Catholic news and orthodox commentary for over 145 years in our weekly print edition. Now we are introducing the online daily version of our print journal.

  Our daily version offers only some of what we publish weekly in print. To take advantage of everything The Wanderer publishes, we encourage you to su
bscribe to our flagship weekly print edition, which is mailed every Friday or, if you want to view it in its entirety online, you can subscribe to the E-edition, which is a replica of the print edition.
  Our daily edition includes: a selection of material from recent issues of our print edition, news stories updated daily from renowned news sources, access to archives from The Wanderer from the past 10 years, available at a minimum charge (this will be expanded as time goes on). Also: regularly updated features where we go back in time and highlight various columns and news items covered in The Wanderer over the past 145 years. And: a comments section in which your remarks are encouraged, both good and bad, including suggestions.
  We encourage you to become a daily visitor to our site. If you appreciate our site, tell your friends. As Catholics we must band together to rediscover our faith and share it with the world if we are to effectively counter a society whose moral culture seems to have no boundaries and a government whose rapidly extending reach threatens to extinguish the rights of people of faith to practice their religion (witness the HHS mandate). Now more than ever, vehicles like The Wanderer are needed for clarification and guidance on the issues of the day.

Catholic, conservative, orthodox, and loyal to the Magisterium have been this journal’s hallmarks for five generations. God willing, our message will continue well into this century and beyond.

Joseph Matt
President, The Wanderer Printing Co.

Untitled 1

A Powerful Weapon: 15 Quotes on the Holy Rosary

We live in evil times. I hardly need elaborate the multitude of crises that fill the globe. Sadly, many are being swept away by this flood of evil and are succumbing to an overwhelming anxiety and discouragement. But no matter how tempting it is, we must not shrink back. We must pray and fast with a living faith and a firm confidence—and there is no better way to…Continue Reading

12 Ways to Become a Committed Catholic Man

There is a Catholic “man-crisis.” Large numbers of men who were baptized Catholic have left the Church and the majority of those who remain are “Casual Catholic Men”, men who do not know the Catholic faith and don’t practice it. This large-scale failure of Catholic men to commit themselves to Jesus Christ and His Church has contributed to the accelerating…Continue Reading

Today . . .

Synod on the Family: Press Briefing Day 4

(Vatican Radio) On Thursday Oct. 8 Archbishop Charles Palmer-Buckley of Accra, Ghana, said that the world needs to be patient with Africa when it comes to dealing with issues like homosexuality. “Give countries time to deal with issues from our own cultural perspectives,” he said. He added that the dignity and rights of all God’s son and daughters need to be upheld. The Synod Fathers continued to work in groups on Thursday. Archbishop Edoardo Menchelli…Continue Reading

Synod on the Family: Press Briefing Day 3

(Vatican Radio) At the press briefing today the Holy See Press Office announced that the Synod Fathers had elected chairpersons and moderators for their “circuli minori” (small groups). The thirteen groups were determined by language. The groups began to work on Wednesday morning on the first part of  Instrumentum Laboris which outlines the context in which contemporary family life is lived. Jesuit Father and director of the Holy See Press Office, Federico Lombardi, was joined…Continue Reading

Pope Francis makes first direct intervention; was Cardinal Erdö undermined?

Pope Francis makes first direct intervention; was Cardinal Erdö undermined? There appear to be two main contingents at the Synod: one favoring the proclamation of the fullness of the truth to be taught with clarity and Christian charity; and the other favoring mercy at any and all costs October 06, 2015 03:00 EST Fr Nicholas Gregoris Pope Francis arrives for the morning session of the Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican Oct.…Continue Reading

Synod on the Family: Press Briefing Day 2


(Vatican Radio) Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J. opened the daily press conference by explaining what had happened in the morning session. He said that the general secretary of the Synod, Cardinal Baldisseri, had explained “certain processes of the methodology” and its new elements. Lombardi said that Pope Francis also thought it was important for him to make a contribution and so he too said a few words. “The Holy Father thought it important to say that…Continue Reading

Biblical Types Of Our Lady

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY A previous article looked at the role of Mary as the New Eve, and now we will look at some biblical types of our Lady, and see how the early Church fathers saw different types and prophecies concerning Mary in the Old Testament, that is, that particular incidents or artifacts pointed…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “What is Transgenderism?”

By BRIAN CLOWES (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For all of the previous Culture of Life 101 articles on homosexuality, e-mail him at + + + While those fortunate few who still possess a lingering sense of reality cringed at the bizarre…Continue Reading

Liberty Counsel Says . . . Pope’s Words And Meetings Support Conscientious Objection

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Liberty Counsel issued the following statement on October 2: Mat Staver, county clerk Kim Davis’ attorney, is the chairman of Liberty Counsel: + + + Despite a statement this morning by a Vatican official, the Pope’s own words about conscientious objection being a human right and his private meeting with Kim Davis…Continue Reading

A Book Review… The Ideal Artist

By JUDE P. DOUGHERTY Santayana, George. The Life of Reason: Reason in Art. A critical edition, co-edited by M.S. Wokeck and M.A. Coleman. Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press, 2015. lvi + 276 pp. The Life of Reason is Volume VII, Book Four, of the Collected Works of George Santayana. Professor James Gouinlock of Emory University…Continue Reading

Why Isn’t Kim Davis A Hero To The Left?

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK I have been waiting for weeks now for the keepers of the flame in the liberal establishment to express some begrudging admiration for Kim Davis’ decision to go to jail, rather than violate her conscience by issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in Kentucky. Or at least some ambiguity over what…Continue Reading


Our Catholic Faith (Section B of print edition)

Choose To Serve Rather Than To Be Served

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twenty-Ninth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Isaiah 53:10-11 Heb. 4:14-16 Mark 10:35-45 In the Gospel reading today our Lord tells us that He came, not to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many. This is our hope for eternal salvation and, obviously, it is our hope…Continue Reading

Pope Francis In Philadelphia . . . Religious Liberty Transcends Places Of Worship

PHILADELPHIA (ZENIT) — Here is a Vatican translation of the address Pope Francis gave September 26 in Philadelphia, at a meeting with immigrants on the theme of religious freedom. ZENIT’s transcription and translation of his few off-the-cuff remarks are found in brackets. The Holy Father was in Philadelphia to attend the World Meeting of Families. ZENIT provided the text. All…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Pope Francis’ Visit Leaves Us Blessed And Strengthened

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The chair under me is rolling from starboard to port and back as I write to you this week because I do so aboard the USS San Antonio at sea. In my ministry here I am following through on something Pope Francis has asked of all of us: I am seeking souls at the periphery.…Continue Reading

An Apologetics Course . . . The Church Of Christ Is Universal, For Everyone

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA Part 22 It is true that Jesus came first for the Jews. Many individuals accepted Him, like the apostles, disciples, and their converts, but as a nation they refused Him. So the apostles spread their mission to the Gentiles — that means, to our ancestors. But even if the Jews had accepted Him, the apostles would…Continue Reading

Mission Of The Catholic Laity: Priest, Prophet, And King

By DON FIER Thus far in our examination of the vocation of the laity in the mission of the Church, it has become manifestly clear that theirs is a role that is distinctive and indispensable. Characterized especially by their secular nature, it pertains in a unique way to the lay faithful “to illuminate and order all temporal things with which…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… Pope St. John XXIII

By CAROLE BRESLIN Part 1 Although rare, it is not unknown for a poor man, who had no connections and did not seek to develop them, to rise above all other men in stature and in influence over mankind. Such was the case of the sharecroppers’ son, Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli. Throughout his ecclesiastical career, he was obedient and kind, but…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Thomas of Hereford

By CAROLE BRESLIN During the High Middle Ages the power of kings began to disintegrate, as shown by the Magna Charta, which was established in 1215. Although neither party of the agreement held up to its commitments, the beginning of more democratic rule had arrived. Three years later a noble family gave birth to a man who played a significant…Continue Reading