The Reproductive Health (RH) Law took more than 20 years to pass Congress and signed into law.Â Even if it is already a law it is not yet fully implemented because the Implementing Rules and Regulations are not yet crafted.Â President-elect Rodrigo Duterte promised to implement the law and recommends a 3-child policy in a family.
The reason for the delay in enacting and implementing the RH Law is the strong opposition of the religious sector of society especially the Roman Catholic Church.
There are many good features in the RH law.Â However, the Roman Catholic Church is against the use of birth control pills.Â Â The Roman Catholic Church favors only the so called â€œnatural methodâ€. It consists of abstinence, rhythm method, and withdrawal.
Let us try to find which of the methods is found in the Holy Bible.
Old Hebrew Custom
In the Old Testament of the Holy Bible we are told that there was once a peculiar practice among the Hebrews regarding reproduction.Â When a husband will die and did not have children, it is the duty of the brother of the dead husband to have carnal relation with the wife so that a child will be born.Â The child will be considered as the offspring of the dead brother.
In the Holy Bible we will find in Genesis Chapter 38 the story of Judah and his wife having sons.Â The eldest was named Er, the second was named Onan, and the third was named Shelah.
In Gen: 38, vers. 6-10 it says, â€œFor his first son Er, Judah got a wife whose name was Tamar.Â Erâ€™s conduct was evil, and it displeased the LORD, so the LORD killed him.â€
â€œThen Judah said to Erâ€™s brother Onan, â€˜Go and sleep with your brotherâ€™s widow.Â Fulfill your obligation to her as her husbandâ€™s brother, so that your brother may have descendants.â€™â€
â€œBut Onan knew that the children would not belong to him, so when he had intercourse with his brotherâ€™s widow, he let the semen spill on the ground, so that there would be no children for his brother.â€
â€œWhat he did displeased the LORD, and the LORD killed him.â€
The evil conduct of Er displeased God and God killed Er.Â It is clear from this statement that God gave the death penalty to the evildoers.Â So therefore the death penalty is in accordance with the Bible.
What Onan did is now called â€œwithdrawalâ€.Â In former times it was called â€œOnanismâ€.Â It is also clear that â€œwithdrawalâ€ or â€œOnanismâ€ is punishable by death.
So therefore if the Religious sector will recommend Onanism or withdrawal, it will be against the provision of the Bible.Â It is punishable by death.
If you will read the Bible there is no prohibition against birth control pills.Â The lawyers will say, â€œIf it is not prohibited by the law, then it is deemed allowedâ€.
So, which is in accordance to the Bible, Onanism or birth control pills?
Whom Shall We Follow?
The religious sector, especially the Roman Catholic Church is very vocal against the death penalty.Â There are many who will argue that it does the commission of crime.
However, Er was killed by God not because of committing a crime.Â It was because of his â€œevil conductâ€.Â An evil conduct is not necessarily a crime.
Onan was killed not because he committed a crime.Â He was killed because what he did â€œdispleasedâ€ the Lord.
In our present laws only heinous crimes are punishable by life imprisonment.Â President-elect Duterte wants to impose the death penalty for heinous crimes.Â The requirement of heinous crime is much stringent than â€œevil conductâ€ and â€œdispleasureâ€ punished by God with death.Â Why is the religious sector against death penalty? (By Jes B. Tirol)