Thursday, February 27, 2014

The unborn as human resource: Philippines and Japan

Filipino word for pregnancy is nagdadalang-tao," which literally means "carrying a human being."  When the first symptoms of pregnancy shows up, such as missed period, nausea, blood spitting, and craving for certain foods, the Filipinos will say "nagdadalang-tao siya" or "she is pregnant".  There is no such thing as partial pregnancy: a woman is either pregnant or she is not.  Thus, for the Filipino mind, the humanity of the child in the woman's womb immediately starts at the woman's pregnancy, i.e. at conception.

Abortion & Unborn Human Life
Abortion & Unborn Human Life
If the Philippine government ponders on the Filipino word for pregnancy, then the government will not anymore push through with the RH Law that is now pending in the Supreme Court.  Pregnancy.  Nagdadalang-tao.  To bear a human being, a person. Once a child is conceived in the womb through the union of the sperm and the egg, he becomes a person that the state must protect, for the Philippine Constitution states:
Section 1. No person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law, nor shall any person be denied the equal protection of the laws. (Article III Bill of Rights)
The unborn child has the right to life.  The unborn child has the right to freely grow in his mother's womb without the limitations posed by contraceptives like pills and IUDs which hamper the child's growth.  The unborn child has his mother's womb for his property, and he cannot be forcibly evicted from it through abortion.

Nodame Cantabile / Concerto Love Award Winning Japanese Tv Drama with English Sub NTSC All Region (3 dvds in Digipak Boxset) Based on Hit Comic Book
The unborn may not yet be citizens of the Philippines, because citizenship is acquired at birth.  But we can speak of potential citizenship.  If the government thinks of its citizens as human resources and not as liability, then the unborn is a human resource that needs to be nurtured and protected, so that they would soon be born in the Philippine soil and become active participants in the development of the nation.  As Dr. Jose Rizal, our national hero, said, "Ang kabataan ang pagasa ng bayan" or "The children are the hope of our nation." For it is the children who would replace their parents in the workforce as scientists, engineers, doctors, teachers, nurses, police, carpenters, drivers, and garbage collectors.  Yes there are machines and technology to make jobs easier, so that several hectares of farm can be tilled by one man alone for example, but men and women are still needed to operate the machines, fix them, maintain them, and make them better.
 
Look at Japan.  It is the most industrialized and technological country.  But it is a dying country for its citizens age slowly and few children are born.  If their women continue to stave off marriage to their late thirties or even refuse to marry at all and have babies, the Japanese will have no manpower left to run its industries and defend its territories against the growing might of China. The Japanese as a people will vanish from the face of the earth.  And we shall watch Japanese films and mangas only with nostalgia. We shall watch Juri Ueno in Nodame Cantabile and Tao Tsuchiya in Samurai X and wonder (while singing): "Where have all the young girls gone long time passing.  Where have all the young girls gone long time ago?"  Perhaps, the Japanese can finally make the robots that shall form the Saber Marionettes: robots that look like women in order to help men cope with life in the absence of women.