Rod, you are a moron

In an earlier post I made comparisons to Sections 17 and 19 of the Magna Carta for women and the RH Bill. Based on the assertion of a Zambales Representative that the RH Bill is a redundant piece of legislature. I countered it saying that the RH Bill is not a redundant law because it covers areas that were not included in the general language of the Magna Carta. It even expanded Sections 17 and 19 making theprovisions more comprehendable and easier to enact.

I perused the comments section of this article and found this gem of an idiot named Rod. Here’s his piece.



The so-called “reproductive health” bill, also known as HB 5043, contains highly COERCIVE
provisions that violate our rights as citizens of a democratic country. Below are some examples.

• HB 5043 suppresses free speech. Section 21 (e) lists as a prohibited act: “Any person who
maliciously engages in disinformation about the intent or provisions of this Act.” This provision is
overly broad and “disinformation” can be construed as prohibiting the expression of objections to the Bill, such as what we are presently doing. This provision is is obviously going to be used to suppress dissent, and is an undue restriction of freedom of speech.

The Philippines already has laws against libel and defamation, so why is this additional provision
needed? Obviously, it will be used to silence the bill’s critics and keep them from exposing the flaws of the bill. HB 5043 has no place in any of the laws of a democratic nation.

• HB 5043 forces employers to provide abortifacients and other contraceptives to employees.
Section 17 of the proposed bill states: “All Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs) shall provide for the free delivery by the employer of reasonable quantity of reproductive health care services, supplies and devices to all workers, more particularly women workers.”
Employers, therefore, are not given any choice despite the fact that distribution of these artificial and abortifacient contraceptives may be against their conscience or religion.

• HB 5043 eliminates any choice for conscientious objectors and makes no room for their
legitimate concerns. Section 21, number 5, FORCES doctors and health workers to dispense such abortifacients and other artificial contraceptive devices and methods. If they refuse to do so on religious grounds, they must still refer those who want to use such abortifacients to another person who will dispense them. Conscientious objectors are thereby required to formally cooperate in such acts, and if they refuse, they face 1-6 months imprisonment and a fine of P10,000-P50,000!

• HB 5043 violates the Philippine Constitution. HB 5043 explicitly promotes and funds such
abortifacient contraceptives. Article II, Section 12, of the Philippine Constitution recognizes that
human life must be protected from the moment of conception. An abortifacient, contraceptive,
however, prevents the fertilized egg from implanting, causing the eventual destruction of newly conceived life. It causes an early chemical abortion.Unfortunately, traditional politicians like Rep. Edcel Lagman (the principal author of HB 5043) refuse to respect our rights and continue to push for this coercive, unconstitutional, and undemocratic bill.



First of all, his stupidity burns like a poker. RH Bill 5043 was formulated in the 14th Congress. Presently, the most updated form of the RH Bill (that we’re talking about today) is House Bill 4244 or the consolidated RH Bill by the 15th Congress. Which I don’t even need to mention was in existence months before he made this inane post (Get up to speed, idiot). Since the version he is talking about the Bill has been amended at least six times. Of course this automatically qualifies his entire comment as outdated trash and that he has no idea what the hell he’s talking about. In fact most of the issues he raised are complete non-issues since the provisions that provided them were already deleted by the principal authors in a letter to Hon. Rogelio J. Espina dated March 15, 2011to preclude misconceptions and protracted debates (much like Rod here).

The provision that states the spreading of disinformation-deleted

The provision on Employers Responsibilities-deleted

The provision that “forces” doctors to dispense contraceptives under pain of 1-6 months incarceration and a fine of P10,000-P50,000-deleted long before this version

His last point is an argument used by the Church that has already been debunked. He argues that the constitution protects life at conception. Exactly, contraceptives like condoms prevent such contraception from happening therefore no life is lost.

While contraceptives like the birth control pill use hormones to prevent the woman from ovulating, making the egg cell as fertile as a rock. Conception cannot take place with a non-active egg. Again, no conception, no life is lost.

Any high-school student can see this clearly, and the only way you can salvage this argument is if you propose that the egg cell alone constitutes a live human being. I repeat: even a high-school student can see clearly through this.

But there is one point that I fumed so much that it had to be addressed.

His firt point, concerning the punishment of disinformation. (Like I said earlier if this fool has even bothered to read the Authors amendments then he will find that the former Section 28 has already been deleted). Though in my opinion that was a mistake. Freedom of speech does not extend to disinformation which is the false or inaccurate information that is spread deliberately with intentions of turning genuine information useless.

Yes it is to silence critics, critics who knowingly spread wrong information to discredit something in debate. It is no different from failing a student that insists that 3 multiplied by 3 is equal to 5,000.

The free market of ideas is an arena to voice ideas and opinions but information that is sorely and blatantly proven to be wrong has no reason to be dignified. Your entire case is an example of this.

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