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Sexuality Education in the Reproductive Health Bill (Reflection Paper)

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The Reproductive Health Law has a lot of provisions on Reproductive Health Care. As defined by the full text of the “Responsible Parenthood, Reproductive Health and Population and Development Act of 2011” [1], Reproductive Health Care encompasses different issues from family planning to maternal health and adolescent and youth care. Among these issues is my focus for this reflection paper, which is sex education. Also counted in reproductive health care is education and counseling on sexuality and reproductive health, and reproductive health education for adolescents.

Firstly, the RH Law is a law passed to address the “universal basic human right to reproductive health by all persons, particularly parents, couples, and women.” It proposes a universal access to “medically-safe, legal, affordable, effective and quality reproductive health care services, methods, devices, supplies, relevant information and education. Among the guiding principles it has, based on the text, there are programs that would help couples and women in terms of family planning/ the number and spacing of children regarding their health and resources available, and also proper utilization of resources. There are also programs promoting studies to analyze demographic trends, and scientific studies about the safety and efficacy of alternative medicines and methods. Almost all of these guiding principles are related to education, as the discovery of new knowledge and the recognition of existing knowledge is being shared and made available to everyone.

Section 16 of the RH Law entitled the “Mandatory Age-appropriate Reproductive Health and Sexuality Education” talks about the “sex education in school” aspect of the law. The law proposes that reproductive health and its underlying and related topics will be taught to grade 5 to 4th year students by trained teachers in a formal and non-formal education system. Teachers will undergo training to be professionally...

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