Priest preaches about religion, morality and the word of god. Our spiritual teacher they are. their mission is for us to be more closer to God, and to think and do what is right.
Doctor is for our physical health, if you have issues withyour health you ask a doctor for cure and/or prevention. they study for years to know what’s best for a human body.
Now that it’s clear, you will not ask a priest for your health care right nor you won’t go to church for a medical check up. Why is that church people keep sticking their nose to the RH Bill (Reproductive health bill)? Why are they saying contraceptives are abortifacients? Life begins at the union of an egg and sperm otherwise, it’s just an egg and a sperm.They say that RH Bill is immoral for it will lead to the legalization of abortion in the Philippines, it’s not. In fact, contraceptives will lessen unwanted and unplanned pregnancies that may lead to abortion. If you read the bill you will not see even a line there that supports abortion for it promotes prevention. It offers information, education and services to everyone. Let us not be hypocrites here, if you want to have sex and don’t wanna be pregnant or to get your girlfriend pregnant you will use a condom at least, is that immoral? hell no. that’s just being responsible, there’s no abortion. how can you abort or kill someone who isn’t even there? I am a catholic and i support the RH Bill.
Why do teenage pregnancies occur?
There are many reasons for teenage pregnancies today. While it is common culture in some societies, most pregnancies occur due to the following reasons:
Consequence of raging hormones!
Most teenagers experience sudden and hitherto unknown emotions and feelings during their early puberty. They feel a natural sense of rebelling against the set norms as well. All this, coupled with a sudden sense of new-found freedom and sexuality, results in many of them giving vent to their feelings through sexual expressions and experiences. Of course, most countries stress on sex education in schools, but yet, some teenagers involve themselves in unsafe sex, which could lead to unwanted pregnancies. This is one of the most vital reasons for teenage pregnancies at this time.
Pressure from the peer group
A lot of teenagers indulge in early sexual behavior due to peer pressure. Teenagers growing in largely promiscuous societies tend to date far earlier than others in slightly more conventional setups. This is due to the fact that they feel the great need to be ‘hip’ and ‘accepted’ by their circle of friends. The only way they could probably achieve that would be by having a boyfriend or girlfriend or at least by dating and indulging in sexual acts often. This kind of rash behavior could lead to unintended pregnancies.
This is yet another very fundamental reason for teenage pregnancies today. Though there are many types and brands of contraceptives and emergency birth control pills easily available in the market, these are never a guarantee for complete safety. Only Mother Nature knows when she might want to get into action, so no form of birth control is going to be completely foolproof! Sometimes, not knowing how to use a contraceptive properly can lead to unwanted teenage pregnancy.
Educating your teenager about the consequences of promiscuous behavior and giving him/her a loving, balanced home atmosphere, can actually go a long way in curbing unwanted teenage pregnancy in the future. This, along with stern steps taken by both the school and the government will surely help nip this problem in the bud.
Melissa Fox is a health professional very interested in Teenage Pregnancy [http://www.earlysymptomsofpregnancy.org/teenage-pregnancy.html].
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(From Filipino Free Thinkers)
Just a few years ago, say “RH” in ordinary talks and you’ll get blank looks. Now, most Filipinos know that RH is reproductive health. It has entered presidential debates, topped the news, been surveyed to death. Moreover, majority have plainly said their piece: “We support RH.” Why? Loads of reasons—from the practical “We need help” to the proud “It’s my choice!” But 10 good ones should be enough to convince rational people and thoughtful policy-makers. So here are our top picks.
1. RH WILL: PROTECT THE HEALTH & LIVES OF MOTHERS
The WHO (World Health Organization) estimates that complications arise in 15% of pregnancies, bad enough to hospitalize or kill women. From the 2 million plus live births alone, some 300,000 maternal complications occur yearly. This is 7 times the DOH’s annual count for TB, 19 times for heart diseases and 20 times for malaria in women. As a result, more than 11 women die needlessly each day.
Enough skilled birth attendants and prompt referral to hospitals with emergency obstetric care are proven curative solutions to maternal complications. For women who wish to stop childbearing, family planning (FP) is the best preventive measure. All these are part of RH.
2. SAVE BABIES
Proper birth spacing reduces infant deaths. The WHO says at least 2 years should pass between a birth and the next pregnancy. In our country, the infant mortality rate of those with less than 2 years birth interval is twice those with 3. The more effective and user-friendly the FP method, the greater the chances of the next child to survive.
3. RESPOND TO THE MAJORITY WHO WANT SMALLER FAMILIES
Times have changed and people want smaller families. When surveyed about their ideal number of children, women in their 40s want slightly more than 3, while those in their teens and early 20s want just slightly more than 2.
Moreover, couples end up with families larger than what they planned. On average, Filipino women want close to 2 children but end up with 3. This gap is unequal, but shows up in all social classes and regions. RH education and services will help couples fulfill their hopes for their families.
4. PROMOTE EQUITY FOR POOR FAMILIES
RH indicators show severe inequities between the rich and poor. For example, 94% of women in the richest quintile have a skilled attendant at birth, while only 26% of the poorest can do so. The richest have 3 times higher tubal ligation rates. This partly explains why the wealthy hardly exceed their planned number of children, while the poorest get an extra 2. Infant deaths among the poorest are almost 3 times that of the richest, which in a way explains why the poor plan for more children. An RH law will help in attaining equity in health through stronger public health services.
5. PREVENT INDUCED ABORTIONS
Unintended pregnancies precede almost all induced abortions. Of all unintended pregnancies, 68% occur in women without any FP method, and 24% happen to those using traditional FP like withdrawal or calendar-abstinence.
If all those who want to space or stop childbearing would use modern FP, abortions would fall by some 500,000. In our country where abortion is strictly criminalized, and where 90,000 women are hospitalizedyearly for complications, it would be reckless and heartless not to ensure prevention through FP.
6. SUPPORT AND DEPLOY MORE PUBLIC MIDWIVES, NURSES AND DOCTORS
RH health services are needed wherever people are establishing their families. For example, a report by the MDG Task Force points out the need for 1 fulltime midwife to attend to every 100 to 200 annual live births. Other health staff are needed for the millions who need prenatal and postpartum care, infant care and family planning. Investing in these core public health staff will serve the basic needs of many communities.
7. GUARANTEE FUNDING FOR & EQUAL ACCESS TO HEALTH FACILITIES
RH will need and therefore support many levels of health facilities. These range from health stations that can do basic prenatal, infant and FP care; health centers for safe birthing, more difficult FP services like IUD insertions, and management of sexually transmitted infections; and hospitals for emergency obstetric and newborn care and surgical contraception. Strong RH facilities can be the backbone of a strong and fairly distributed public health facility system.
8. GIVE ACCURATE & POSITIVE SEXUALITY EDUCATION TO YOUNG PEOPLE
Currently, most young people enter relationships and even married life without the benefit of systematic inputs by any of our social institutions. We insist on young voters’ education for events that occur once every few years, but do nothing guiding the young in new relationships they face daily. The RH bill mandates the education and health departments to fill this serious gap.
9. REDUCE CANCER DEATHS
Delaying sex, avoiding multiple partners or using condoms prevent HPV infections that cause cervical cancers. Self breast exams and Pap smears can detect early signs of cancers which can be cured if treated early. All these are part of RH education and care. Contraceptives do not heighten cancer risks; combined pills actually reduce the risk of endometrial and ovarian cancers.
10. SAVE MONEY THAT CAN BE USED FOR EVEN MORE SOCIAL SPENDING
Ensuring modern FP for all who need it would increase spending from P1.9 B to P4.0 B, but the medical costs for unintended pregnancies would fall from P3.5 B to P0.6 B, resulting in a net savings of P0.8 B. There is evidence that families with fewer children do spend more for health and education.
You may want to copy this (or expand the list) and send to family, friends and acquaintances until it reaches our legislators. We need the support of everyone we can reach and convince.
(From Filipino Free Thinkers)
If the RH bill passed, there will be sex education to the teens even to the poor. There will be an access to contraception lessons. Given that the kids are educated they will be more responsible and more aware to their own body specially the girls. Let’s help them learn this before it’s too late. Statistics and studies show that half of those who had early pregnancy did not know that they will be pregnant if they have sex for the first time.
If the RH Bill passed, there will be contraceptive information available to everyone. Many mothers don’t know that there are affordable and effective contraceptives available in the market. If these mothers are educated they can smartly choose what’s best for them and their lifestyle.
For me the RH Bill means education and health care to everyone. Being educated enough to know and to think of how to plan a family. Maternal health care that will lessen the 11 mother dying every day due to pregnancy complications. This bill has been pending for more than a decade already, more than a decade of ignorance look where it has brought us, RH Bill now!