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Why Am I For The Final Consolidated RH Bill or HB 4244?

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?

For the complete text of the House Bill 4244 or Final Consolidated Reproductive Health Bill click here

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!

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15 Comments

  1. earthlingorgeous

    Hi Anna, I respect your opinion and no I am not annoyed with you writing your opinion. I’m happy you take time to read and post a comment. I’d appreciate if everyone does. I get the fear of the freedom to have sex with everyone else is the fear you mostly have and that will cause a spread of STD’s. I still believe we need the RH bill as there are many who can not afford a healthcare , maaternal care and is not given proper education and resources for responsible parenthood and safe sex.

    It already happens sex is everywhere we can’t turn a blind eye. It happens no matter how hard we try to hide from the truth and be religious about it it happens. Rape also happens. The RH bill somehow empowers the women who can’t afford and having this RH bill in place they will no longer have to be condoned if they do something out of their choise. Wiht the RHBill and with the beliefs you empower the people and you give them the freedom to choose what is good for them. By prohibiting this bill you are restricting the people and the more you restrict the people the more they will rebel. It is better to have the freedom to choose than being restrained and be called evil/sinner/violator of law.

  2. Anna

    I do respect your opinion. I think that I have already extensively discussed above all the things that I fear would happen when the bill is passed such as the problem of the irresponsibility in parents still being imminent and the rise of STD’S in our country. There are actually more, but I believe that I have already provided enough information for your readers.

    I hope that you respect my opinion as well and “get” what I fear from this. I get the vibe that you are not very pleased with my opinion, but I hope that you take the time to consider it. I am not imposing my beliefs on you or on anyone else, I’m merely sharing them which I believe isn’t wrong. I hope that you do the same! Yes, I agree with you. Everyone’s opinion is very essential , including mine. It doesn’t weigh less against those who cannot afford healthcare.

    Yes, I do know of the educating part in the bill. As i have said, I believe that education is the answer but the education that the government is suggesting is the one I highly disagree with. To answer your question, I am single and currently studying law in the University of the Philippines. 🙂

  3. earthlingorgeous

    Anna, if you don’t want the RH bill I respect you with that respect my opinion as well. Its not my opinion only that matters but the others who can’t afford healthcare maternal care contraceptives and doctor and all else. I don’t know what you are afraid of with this bill I don’t get it. IF you mind may I know your marital status? Educating the soon-to-be-parents is also included in the bill.

  4. Anna

    Yes, I have read the whole bill and my opinion still does not change. There are other things in that bill that show contradictory premises such as its supposed value of freedom of choice which frankly goes against some of its other provisions. I could talk about that too even further if you want me too. I just focused on the contraceptives part of the bill since that’s the point you mainly raised and where most of the controversy lies.

  5. earthlingorgeous

    Hi Anna, I appreciate your long reply. But seriously RH Bill is not just about the CONTRACEPTIVE! Please read the bill again and tell me again your opinion.

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