I’ve been posting my pro-RH bill stand on my Facebook page for the past few days as I can’t help but feel sorry for those who are misinformed and misguided about what is the importance of approving the Final Consolidated Reproductive Health Bill, also known as House Bill 4244 (HB4244) or The Responsible Parenthood, Reproductive Health and Population and Development Act of 2011.
I am for it not because I want people to have freedom to have sex with everyone… but I am for it because I don’t want any more abandoned children to live in the streets or be deprived of proper care (education, shelter and nourishment).
The Consolidated Reproductive Health Bill enumerates a dozen of very important factors that will not just benefit those who are active in sex, wants to be active with sex or wants to abort a child. That is the worst misconception of the RH bill. The RH Bill does not want to kill, it wants to save lives and give quality life to everyone not just a few.
May I just remind those who are anti-RH bill not everyone in this country are Catholic, so please don’t make them subscribe to your ancient interpretation of the bible and what God wants for us. God wants everyone to be happy, healthy and safe. The devil likes suffering , sickness, despair and pain.
HB 4244 talks about the following:
SEC. 5. Midwives for Skilled Attendance
SEC. 6. Emergency Obstetric Care
SEC. 7. Access to Family Planning
SEC. 8. Maternal and Newborn Health Care in Crisis Situations
SEC. 9. Maternal Death Review
SEC. 10. Family Planning Supplies as Essential Medicines
SEC. 11. Procurement and Distribution of Family Planning Supplies
SEC. 12. Integration of Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning Component in Anti-Poverty Programs
SEC. 13. Roles of Local Government in Family Planning Programs
SEC. 14. Benefits for Serious and Life-Threatening Reproductive Health Conditions
SEC. 15. Mobile Health Care Service
SEC. 16. Mandatory Age-Appropriate Reproductive Health and Sexuality Education
Age-appropriate Reproductive Health and Sexuality Education shall be taught by adequately trained teachers in formal and non-formal educational system starting from Grade Five up to Fourth Year High School using life skills and other approaches. The Reproductive Health and Sexuality Education shall commence at the start of the school year immediately following one (1) year from the effectivity of this Act to allow the training of concerned teachers. The Department of Education (DepEd), the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), the DSWD, and the DOH shall formulate the Reproductive Health and Sexuality Education curriculum. Such curriculum shall be common to both public and private schools, out of school youth, and enrollees in the Alternative Learning System (ALS) based on, but not limited to, the psychosocial and the physical wellbeing, the demography and reproductive health, and the legal aspects of reproductive health.
Age-appropriate Reproductive Health and Sexuality Education shall be integrated in all relevant subjects and shall include, but not limited to, the following topics:
(a) Values formation;
(b) Knowledge and skills in self protection against discrimination, sexual violence and abuse, and teen pregnancy;
(c) Physical, social and emotional changes in adolescents;
(d) Children’s and women’s rights;
(e) Fertility awareness;
(f) STI, HIV and AIDS;
(g) Population and development;
(h) Responsible relationship;
(i) Family planning methods;
(j) Proscription and hazards of abortion;
(k) Gender and development; and
(l) Responsible parenthood.
The DepEd, CHED, DSWD, TESDA and DOH shall provide concerned parents with adequate and relevant scientific materials on the age-appropriate topics and manner of teaching Reproductive Health and Sexuality Education to their children.
SEC. 17. Additional Duty of the Local Population Officer
SEC. 18. Certificate of Compliance
SEC. 19. Capability Building of Barangay Health Workers
SEC. 20. Ideal Family Size
SEC. 21. Employers’ Responsibilities
SEC. 22. Pro Bono Services for Indigent Women
SEC. 23. Sexual And Reproductive Health Programs For Persons With Disabilities (PWDs)
SEC. 24. Right to Reproductive Health Care Information
What’s so evil and devilish about the above provisions of the RH Bill?
I pray that God will open the minds of those who have close minds and are blinded by their faith and are misinformed. Ignorance is not a bliss in this situation.
How about you, what is our stand on the RH Bill?
Stay gorgeous everyone!
- Sen. Teofisto Guingona III filed an appeal against this bill at the Supreme Court today (Sept 27, 2012)
- Because of this post I was invited to be a guest in the pilot episode of “The Blogger” show on Solar News TV
- Several gov’t websites were hacked as a protest against RA10175