This month, I decided to take our Healthguide theme, "health taboos" and go with an article on the Reproductive Health Bill. I figured that it was timely, not only because of the raging debates but also because of its recent progress toward becoming a law. (I'll leave it to you to decide whether that's good or bad progress.) I've also always been intrigued by issues in which people's interest can be religious--in more ways than one--and it's not often that faith becomes a factor in the things I write.
I have my own views on the RH bill, but I'll wait till after the article's done to post them here.
I'm currently waiting for a response from Pro-Life Philippines
I know, though, that if I quote two pro-bill sources without quoting at least one anti-bill source as well--even if I do quote the last CBCP pastoral letter, past statements by Mr. Manalang and other anti-bill figures, anti-bill groups' online resources, and even Humanae Vitae (thank you, Fr. Dacanay)--people might accuse me of being biased. What I want to do is present both sides clearly and fairly and leave the decision-making to the reader, but if the anti-bill folks don't get in any quotation marks, there might be some grumbling. Here's hoping someone answers the phone.