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MAYO, Erlyn Joyce B.

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Pro RH Bill
The Reproductive Health Bill has been very controversial. It created a
lot of noise and debates of the pro-RH and anti-RH people. Reproductive
Health Bill (RH Bill) is a Philippine bill aiming to guarantee universal success
to methods and information on birth control and maternal care. The Catholic
Church has been taking the lead in opposing the bill, continuing the
campaign to dishonor it.
Contra-RH people state that the country is not facing a problem
regarding the population because we are not really overpopulated. According
to them, the government should concentrate on the programs that will make
them productive. Slower population growth combined with faster economic
growth leads to significant poverty reduction, human development, and
lower inequality. And slower population growth lessens the stress on the
environment.
The church and the religious groups declared that the RH Bill is proabortion and anti-life because based on their perspective, modern
contraceptives that the bill proposes to be used is an agent that induces
abortion.
First and foremost, the RH Bill will not lead to abortion. Abortion is an
operation or other intervention to end pregnancy by removing an embryo or
fetus from the womb. Reproductive Health Bill is not promoting abortion. It
targets to constrain the increasing number of population here in our country.
This will of surely take effect with the aid of sex education, the use of
contraceptives and certain policies. Improved access to modern and effective
contraceptive methods could substantially reduce such illegal abortions. This
implies that, contrary to the claim of those who oppose the RH bill, it is in
fact anti-abortion and is pro-life. Indeed, the bill expressly prohibits abortion.
When it comes to the issue dealing with sex education, most of the
people are not comfortable about this because it's awkward to talk about sex
and with RH Bill, this could be possible. Sex education It is not about
educating people how to do sex. It is about teaching people on how to be
responsible enough, and respect our body.
Giving accurate and positive sexuality education to young people is
very important. Nowadays, most young people enter relationships and even
married life without the benefit of systematic inputs by any of our social
institutions. As a result of one just faulty sexual decision, many young

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women and men can lose their future including their studies, career, and
dreams, health and sometimes their lives. Talking about sex and
relationships is still forbidden in most families in the Philippine society but we
have to break these barriers which parents must introduce with the help of
their children.
Coital debut, avoiding multiple partners or using condoms and other
contraceptives prevent genital warts or Human Papilloma Virus infections
that cause cervical cancers. Self breast exams and Pap smears can detect
early signs of cancers which can be cured if treated early. All these are part
of Rh education and care.
The RH Bill prevents induced abortions. Unintended pregnancies
precede almost all induced abortions. According to studies, there are
hundreds and thousands of women hospitalized yearly for post-abortion
complications. There are several myths and misconceptions about the RH
Bill, but again, the bill does not promote nor legalize abortion. Rather, it
upholds the principles of the state that protects the life of the unborn and the
mother.
The bill also support and deploy more public health midwives, nurses,
and doctors. RH services are needed wherever people are building their
families. Other health staffs are needed for the great number of people who
need prenatal care, infant care and family planning. Investing in these core
public health staff will attend the basic needs of many communities
especially in the rural parts of the Philippines. Moreover, it would break the
trouble of unemployed nurses and other medical professionals in the country.
Protecting the Health and Lives of Mothers is also one of the intentions
of the RH bill. Sufficient number of skilled birth attendants prompts referral
to hospitals with emergency to maternal complications especially for those
women who only give birth at their homes and in remote local communities.
For women who wish to stop child-bearing, usage of modern FP is the best
proven preventive measure. Not only does it prevent pregnancies, it also
protects women from contracting sexually transmitted infections from their
partners/husbands. Save babies is also aimed by the bill. Proper birth
spacing reduces infant deaths. The more effective and user-friendly the FP
method used, the greater the chances of the next child to survive.
Couples and women nowadays want smaller families. When surveyed
about their ideal number of children, women in their 40s want slightly more
than 3, but those in their teens and early 20s want just slightly more than 2.

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Moreover, couples end up with families larger than what they desire. On
average, Filipino women want close to 2 children but end up with 3. This gap
between desired and actual family size is present in all social classes and
regions, but its biggest among those who are poor.
The RH Bill also promotes equity for poor families. RH indicators show
severe inequities between the rich and poor. The richest have 3 times higher
tubal ligation rates compared to the poorest of the poor. This equity gap in
tubal ligation partly explains why the wealthy hardly exceed their planned
number of children, while the poorest get an extra 2. Infant deaths among
the poorest of the poor Filipinos are almost 3 times compared to the richest
of rich, which partly explains why the poor plan for more children to have. A
Reproductive Health law will promote equity in health care through stronger
public health services accessible and affordable to poor families which
comprises the majority threshold of the population in the Philippines. Sad to
say, some Filipinos cannot see the beauty of such kind of proposition.
The government plays a great role in the well-being of the citizens.
They must be the first to see the realities of our society today as expected.
People are practicing unprotected sex. The youth learn about sex from
inexpert like their friends, from the internet, etc. people are having diseases
and spreading it without even knowing. It is really right for the government
to interfere in order to ensure us that they are able to address our interests
and this is what we need.
RH Bill will not only hinder the population from growing, it will also
teach us on how we are going to handle the problem. We will be able to know
our responsibilities. If we will just open our minds to all the possibilities, we
can be truly empowered as individuals. RH Bill doesnt kill humans, but
restrict its accretion.