rh bill itReproductive health bill is a greatly and widely debated topic as of today. Everyone are voicing out his or her sentiments thereto. Some are in favor thereof and some are not. It is a political, constitutional, legal, sociological, scientific and, theological issue. The State, the Church, the ordinary constituent of the republic is involved. With the advent of this bill, there are questions that have to be answered. First, is it not a superfluity of already existing laws that contained the same provisions incorporated to the aforementioned bill? Second, are the provisions of the rh bill not in conflict with the constitution? Third, does it concern itself with morality, or are the provisions in that law anchored in moral precepts? Fourth, what are the possible implications of rh bill once this has been enacted into a law or does it not attack an individual who has a firm allegiance to his/her religious convictions? Sixth, is it scientifically and empirically verifiable that the use of condoms, pills, or other form of contraceptives not detrimental to the health of the one using it in the sexual act? Lastly, does it respect the human life? RH bill is obviously a redundancy of the previously enacted laws one example is the Magna Carta for Women’s Rights specifically in section 17 to wit: Women's Right to Health. - (a) Comprehensive Health Services. - The State shall, at all times, provide for a comprehensive, culture-sensitive, and gender-responsive health services and programs covering all stages of a woman's life cycle and which addresses the major causes of women's mortality and morbidity:Provided, That in the provision for comprehensive health services, due respect shall be accorded to women's religious convictions, the rights of the spouses to found a family in accordance with their religious convictions, and the demands of responsible parenthood, and the right of women to protection from hazardous drugs, devices, interventions, and substances. Access to the following services shall be ensured:
(1) Maternal care to include pre- and post-natal services to address pregnancy and infant health and nutrition; (2) Promotion of breastfeeding;
(3) Responsible, ethical, legal, safe, and effective methods of family planning; (4) Family and State collaboration in youth sexuality education and health services without prejudice to the primary right and duty of parents to educate their children; (5) Prevention and management of reproductive tract infections, including sexually transmitted diseases, HIV, and AIDS; (6) Prevention and management of reproductive tract cancers like breast and cervical cancers, and other gynecological conditions and disorders; (7) Prevention of abortion and management of pregnancy-related complications; (8) In cases of violence against women and children, women and children victims and survivors shall be provided with comprehensive health services that include psychosocial, therapeutic, medical, and legal interventions and assistance towards healing, recovery, and empowerment; (9) Prevention and management of infertility and sexual dysfunction pursuant to ethical norms and medical standards; (10) Care of the elderly women beyond their child-bearing years; and (11) Management, treatment, and intervention of mental health problems of women and girls. In addition, healthy lifestyle activities are encouraged and promoted through programs and projects as strategies in the prevention of diseases. (b) Comprehensive Health Information and Education. - The State shall provide women in all sectors with appropriate, timely, complete, and accurate information and education on all the above-stated aspects of women's health in government education and training programs, with due regard to the following: (1) The natural and primary right and duty of parents in the rearing of the youth and the development of moral character and the right of children to be brought up in an atmosphere of morality and rectitude...
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