MANILA, April 25, 2012–Retired Archbishop Emeritus Oscar V. Cruz yesterday tagged the Reproductive Health (RH) bill as a form of foreign intervention in reaction to reports of foreign agencies’ push for the proposed legislative measure.
“I perfectly understand the collaboration and possibly even the conspiracy because there is a lot of money behind the RH bill, precisely because the most interested entities here are multinational pharmaceuticals.”
A conference on maternal and child health held this month had World Health Organization (WHO) Country Representative Dr. Soe Nyunt-u commenting that the “RH bill is of paramount importance for the welfare of the Filipino people,” stating an an oft-repeated line of advocates of the controversial measure that seeks taxpayer-funded procurement and distribution of birth control supplies, and a six-year mandatory sex education program in all schools.
In 1995 the WHO and the Philippine Department of Health (DoH) were involved in a controversy when they introduced the Tetanus Toxoid Vaccination Program. The vaccines were proven to carry hCG, which causes the spontaneous abortion of the child in the mother’s womb.
The Philippine Medical Association (PMA) came up with a positive test result that indicated that just such an abortifacient may have been administered to Filipinas without their consent.
Rey J. Echavez, M.D., one of the doctors who led the investigation and exposure of the controversy, rebuked the WHO representative and said that “He is under WHO. He cannot be neutral because his salaries are from WHO. What WHO will tell him he will propagate even if it is not the truth morally or scientifically.”
Natural Family Planning (NFP) teacher Willy Jose questioned, “It is clearly a case of unwanted foreign intervention into internal policy matters. Who are they to insist upon us Filipinos what laws we need to put in place and what not? Between the PMA and the WHO — who have contrasting views on the start of life — I’d side with our very own PMA.” (CBCP for Life)