I had been looking for articles about RH bill for my Anthro 198 (Legal Anthro) finals when I stumbled into this editorial of The Varsitarian.
I think my eyes just got scalded there from the title itself. Reading further, I literally had to cringe with the short-sightedness, misguided notions on religion and beliefs on academic freedom and on the RH bill itself. Plus, a Dominican touch of reproof for their Jesuit and Lasallian brothers, bordering the sophomoric rivalries.
Makes me wonder. Did the editors of The Varsitarian forget that they embody the voice of UST– its alumni, faculty and students? Is this UST’s stand officially? How could this inflammatory piece get published?
I am not from UST but I am also Catholic. I was raised by both devout Catholic parents, studied in Catholic school before entering UP. But I support RH bill. Does that make me a heretic? Hm. Smells Spanish Inquisition again.
BTW, my mom (who’s also a devout Catholic) had herself ligated. She serves our local parish as an usherette and she had not been questioned or shunned by her peers when she was asked why did she have a permanent contraception. Ito lang naman sinabi niya: “Ano ba mas makasalanan? Ang magkaanak ng kaya niyo lang mag-asawa o manganak nang manganak pero pababayaan niyo lang?”