Purple– symbol of the pro-RH
Red– symbol of the anti-RH
As I read along posts in Facebook, I cannot help but appreciate the fact that some anti-RH thinkers are actually trying to correct wrong perceptions that some in their number keep on pushing. For my part, I have been trying to correct wrong notions of people when it comes to the RH Bill and the people who support it. It is frustrating when people judge you just because you chose to stand on the other side of the issue. I have to admit that I have been a bit affected that some people are taking me too personally on this issue. All these personal tirades do not serve our country’s best interests and just divides our country further.
The RH Bill is a matter of utmost concern since it seeks to be a first step in solving some of our country’s problems like worsening abortion rates, rising teenage pregnancies and heightening poverty especially with the country’s poor who do not have access to family planning methods that are most effective to them. All these are valid concerns to deal with and put into consideration. The anti-RH thinkers have their own valid concerns too but are clouded by those anti-RH sentimentalists that serve no good to their own movement by resorting to deception and intimidation. In order to have a real and better discussions, we must erase all overarching wrong perceptions and instead deal with the merits of the issues at hand.
We do not need to make enemies in order to express our own ideas for that is not what defines us. We must always be mature in our dealings, sensitive to each other’s thoughts and open our minds to the opinions of others. We must have teachable spirits and not let pride conquer our perceptions on others, letting God and the needs of His people at the center of discussions instead of our own interests. What we need now is not further debates but understanding discussions. Purple and red maybe colors that clash both in art and ideology but we are human beings and not just merely colors. At the end of the day, may you be pro- or anti- RH, we are still the same Filipino people who wants to see our country progress and move forward.