RH LAW

by: Jovellin Anni Zierra Ituriaga

Wikipedia.org defined the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012 (Republic Act No. 10354), informally known as the Reproductive Health Law or RH Bill, as a law in the Philippines which guarantees universal access to methods of contraception, fertility control, sexual education, and maternal care.After 13 years and four months, the RH Bill was approved and signed last December 21, 2012 by the 15th Philippine President Benigno Aquino III.

The talk of the town law promotes the use of both natural and artificial methods of birth control, responsible parenthood, and the education of the youth on reproductive health issues.

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As of March 21, 2013, the Supreme Court of the Philippines suspended the law’s implementation for 120 days after seeing a possibility of putting women’s life into great danger.

Aside from the suspension, there is also an ongoing showdown in RH’s oral arguments that started yesterday, July 9, 2013. The critics started the argument to plead that the RH law is unconstitutional. Continuation of the oral argument will be held on July 23, 2013, Tuesday. Pro-RH Law supporters are also given the chance to speak out and defend their stands.

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As a teenager of the 21st century and a mass communication student, I will also take this opportunity to share my reactions about this hot topic. Giving my opinion for the following RH Law content:

SEX EDUCATION

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According to Wikipedia, sex education is instruction on issues relating to human sexuality, including human sexual anatomy, sexual reproduction, sexual intercourse or other sexual activity, reproductive health, emotional relations, reproductive rights and responsibilities, abstinence, and birth control. Common avenues for sex education are parents or caregivers, formal school programs, and public health campaigns.

I know that sex education is slightly discussed in Biology classes in the Philippines. It is because the teachers are teaching a very sensitive topic that tends the students to react with inappropriate words. Some students also think that their teacher is discussing lustful things. The students are really unaware that they should know what sex education really means but some teachers are puzzled how.

RH Law contains this education on sex and I agree that it should be taught in school, with guidelines. The teacher should explain well the objective of discussing in front of the class these kinds of lessons.

We are all living today in a developing country with different people’s point of view. We should be united in disseminating information about sex education not only for the enrolled students, but for other citizens who were unable to attend school because of their family’s financial stabilities.

Aside from the teenagers, seminars will also be a great help to illiterate Filipinos. There are some commentators that are jumping into conclusion that the illiterates are responsible for the Philippines overpopulation problems. Why not extend your hand government and look down to us your people? We are not sick, we are just challenged.

Birth Control Methods

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Wikipedia defines Birth control also known as contraception and fertility control as methods or devices used to prevent pregnancy. Planning and provision of birth control is called family planning.Safe sex, such as the use of male or female condoms, can also help prevent transmission of sexually transmitted infections.

Contraception is a great help, I know. It’s free and that is good news. Not because it’s a great help we will grab it, not just because it’s free will get it. We will be supplied by the government but let us also think about its risks.

I know we all have conscience to not deal with sex intercourse if you are not ready with its consequences. Before doing those things, think it twice or more because if you don’t, for sure you’ll suffer. The RH Law will help but without RH law you still can manage. Just think and think and think.

I am not a pro or anti Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012 (Republic Act No. 10354) there are both negative and positive sides that we are dealing with. Filipinos are intelligent to analyze things that are concerned with life and birth. Filipinos never ignored this kind of issues and I still believe that Filipinos have strong family ties. With or without this law we can solve these problems.

Be open minded, be mature, be objective, be a man and a woman.

Comments on: "Stand of a Youth on RH Law" (1)

  1. KKdeleon said:

    I think the solution in this argument is simple, LET’S BE RESPONSIBLE :) nice expression of you pov :)

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