Monday, February 8, 2010

Abortion in RH

In his article that appeared in Inquirer.net, Rep. Edcel Lagman explained that the Reproductive Health Bill is not antilife. To quote him, the coverage of RHP: (1) Information and access to natural and modern family planning (2) Maternal, infant and child health and nutrition (3) Promotion of breast feeding (4) Prevention of abortion and management of post-abortion complications (5) Adolescent and youth health (6) Prevention and management of reproductive tract infections, HIV/AIDS and STDs (7) Elimination of violence against women (8) Counseling on sexuality and sexual and reproductive health (9) Treatment of breast and reproductive tract cancers (10) Male involvement and participation in RH; (11) Prevention and treatment of infertility and (12) RH education for the youth.

Apparently, this article is a response to the growing fear that the RH Bill will legalize abortion and promote a culture of promiscuity among the younger generation. But base on the discussion of Representative Lagman, this fear (abortion) is baseless. I want to believe him on this issue and let us see if the lawmakers will keep up this line.

But I tend to believe that the intention of the RH Bill to educate the youth regarding sexuality is a critical clause. While I believe that the youth should be educated about it, sex education should be approached with caution or it will create another problem like accepted promiscuity.

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