I am an ordinary person. I am not rich and I may not have a Ph.D. attached to my name or any award to brag about, but I know what I’m fighting for. I am a woman and I am all for the empowerment of women, who are currently being treated as no more than mere incubating machines.
Sex is a human need, and it can be used for procreation and for pleasure. Whatever an adult couple in a relationship (whether married or unmarried) wants to do in the privacy of their bedrooms, whenever they want to do it, how they want to do it and whether they want to have children or not is NOBODY’S business.
We live in a society where most people are theists, or more accurately, Roman Catholics. This religious institution teaches it’s members that they’re all given free will. But they say that contraception is evil because it prevents the woman’s egg cell and the man’s sperm cell from uniting, and that implies that sex is only for procreation. I can see the the contradiction there. But the poor and uneducated people who don’t know any better may be easily swayed by the lies and misinformation that this religion teaches them.
The Roman Catholic Church opposes abortion. I agree, I myself am anti-abortion. I know that prevention is better than cure, and contraception and reproductive health education are the answers to prevent such a disheartening ordeal from happening. They oppose the use of all types of contraceptives because they say that they are abortifacient, even if in2006, the World Health Organization itself already said otherwise. So to whom are we going to listen to? To men wearing white robes and silly hats or to medical experts? Oral contraceptives, and condoms have been in the market for years now and If what they say about contraceptives, being bad for one’s health is true, then why did a Catholic bank invest in contraceptives three years ago? The hypocrisy is there, so why should anyone believe them now?
They tell people to “Buy Your Own Condoms”. Sure, people can do that, but the poor who need it the most, can’t. We have a social responsibility to take care of our less fortunate fellowmen. The church’s stance is anti-poor. What’s more, they claim to be pro-lifers, even if their support to life begins with the union of the sperm and egg cells and ends at birth. The real pro-lifers are the ones who care about the quality of life and the future of REAL babies.
Why am I doing this? Even I sometimes ask myself this question. All the hate mails, the insults and the name callings, are they worth it? And each and every time, I remind myself, that this is my legacy to the next generation. I would like to see more empowered women and more intelligent kids that are able to decide for themselves. And it would make me the happiest and the most fulfilled person on this planet if I will be able to see this in my lifetime. The reproductive health bill has been delayed for 16 long years, and has teenage pregnancies been reduced? Has abortion been reduced? Has maternal and infant deaths been reduced? The answer is a big NO. So it’s time to give this a shot because doing the same things and expecting different results is insanity.