What is the reproductive Health Law?

What is the reproductive Health Law?

Philippines is one of the most populated country in the world, and one of the reason of this is the lack of family planning. In family planning we could lessen the increasing population of our country but there are several factors why Filipino couples are not using family planning anymore. It is very alarming for today’s current issue in the Philippines about the newly approved law in the Philippines known as House Bill 4244 or we called as reproductive Health Law for today. Many congressmen led by Rep. Educe Legman were the one who proposed it though the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CB) were strictly against to this law.

What is the reproductive Health Law? It is a law that contains provisions aimed to control the continuous growth of the population that said to be the cause of poverty. As for all we know, the projected population for 2013 is to be 98 million. The objective of this law is to legalize the selling of artificial contraceptives to the market and early teaching of sex education starting from grade 5 up to 4th year of high school. Some bad effects of this law are having complications from the person who is using contraceptives. One of the serious problems of this is the cancer.

According to the International Agency or Research on Cancer, the contraceptives like pills triggers the causing a cancer. Also it may pervade many illnesses because of selling contraceptives to the market legally despite the fact of young and at insufficient age of being aware in sex education. Abortion is the outcome of widely use of contraceptives. It is clearly seen the controlling of having a one’s life. God give us life, He’s the only one who has a right to reclaim it to LIST. Here in the Philippines, Catholicism is predominant surely they definitely against in controlling of having a one’s life.

The Philippines is countries were the religion ND faith is deeply rooted in its culture and society. We are guided in our daily lives by the teachings of and the values which stem from our beliefs and constitute our rationality and morality. In order to know which factors affects the choice of Filipinos in not using of birth control techniques, the researchers conducted an interview to a housewife with regards to the issue of the factors affecting family planning decision among low-income mothers with 5 children and above: economic, social network or social values.

A 30-year old housewife named Marilyn Marco having 5 children, living near PUP Sat. Mesa Campus is a continued adaptor of family planning method particularly calendar method, pills, and the commonly used condom. She is an undergraduate of computer engineering in RAREST. Her live-in partner, Michael Salomon, is a pedicel driver whose earning is ranging from Phil 50-200 a day or almost Phobia a month which is allocated for their food and the necessities of their children who are studying. Three of her children is the under program of up’s (Pantywaist Paying Filipino Program).

Through the health center near them they are informed regarding family planning method. The lying-in center near the basketball court at Teresa Street, Sat. Mesa, conducts programs for better family planning. She mentioned that the centers motives are pro-life. They teach the natural or the calendar method instead of giving away contraceptives. Before, the health workers take time to visit their area but now they need to go there by themselves because the health center is just near to their location since they transfer to another place and now their current location (indicated above).

She mentioned that she attends the counseling for at least twice a month. Since the center doesn’t give away contraceptives; they buy it for their own. But if in case those contraceptives are available and free, she will be willing to use it for she wants to maintain the number of her children. The interviewee was using contraceptive pills before but it gives negative effect on her, causing headaches, dizziness, and irregular menstruation. In addition, the pills are expensive so she decided not to use it anymore and instead use the calendar method.

The interviewee mentioned that she considers the advice of her parents-in-law, in which they say that she must follow the last birth since the child is two years old already. The researchers asked the interviewee if she was willing to undergo the tuba legation and according to her she want it but tuba legation is expensive, costing Phobia and above. And also she had her second thought about the tuba legation when she heard from the word-of-mouth of her neighbors that tuba legation is painful that’s why a waiver is signed before the operation.

Moreover, they said that may affect to couple’s sex life because it decreases the urge to have sex. On contrary, some of her neighbor says that it even increases the needs for pleasure. The researcher asked the interviewee’s opinion regarding efferent values where 5 out of 11 questions was agreed by her . First, she agreed that the presence of many children in the family gives security to parents during old age because her children will be the one to take care of them when they grow old. Second, she also agreed that a woman could be a housewife and a career girl.

Marilyn works part-time as a dishwasher on-call where she is paid Phi and still able to take care her children. Being a dishwasher will not consider her as a career girl but for her she believes woman can be both. Third, another agreed question is that a couple needs to eave a son in order to perpetuate in their family. Just like on their situation, they produced five children (2 boys and 3 girls). It is part of their goal to have at least two boys that will perpetuate their family’s name particularly the husband’s surname since their not yet married.

Fourth, she knew and agreed to the value that parents have a duties and responsibilities to educate their children not only because it is stated to the family code but also they don’t want to see their children having no stable job and don’t have a good life that they may give to their future family. Moreover, they don’t want their children o experience a life like his husband where his husband was left living alone by herself and now working as a pedicel driver as said before. Shortly, they are providing for their children because they wanted a better life for them than what they (parents) had achieved.

Lastly, Marilyn also agreed that our country is rich with regards to natural resources but on the contrary, she doesn’t believe that a Filipino doesn’t need to use family planning because of having those numerous natural resources, since we, Filipinos on our own don’t know how to use our natural resources wisely. Now, she disagreed to there questions asked to her. First, Marilyn disagreed to the idea that a woman is not a real woman if she does bear many children. Yes, she is a mother of five but she and her husband did not produced those children for that reason.

She and her husband believe that they are the people who have the right to decide on the number of children they want to have. According to her, she will still consider herself a real woman even she only gave birth to 1-3 children because of her simple reason that being a real woman is not measured by the number of children you have instead it is how you become expansible to your duties as a mother and wife. Second, the use of any artificial birth control method is immoral to God. Definitely, she will disagree to this because they (wife and husband) are using such contraceptives like condoms and pills.

Third, the use of contraceptives leads a man or a woman to be promiscuous. Again, she did not agree to this because she believes that it is on the person if will betray his/her partner or not. Fourth, she disagreed to the idea that there is no need of family planning because our country needs to cultivate our idle lands. She added that, it is a contrast idea for our days situation. Lastly, Church prohibits population control because the bible says, “Go ye and multiply. Were interviewee answered sometimes in one Of the questions.

Sometimes in family planning the sex life Of a married couple is curtailed based on what she heard from her neighbors. Some of them lost the desire to have sex with each other and some times leads to looking of a new partner. Family planning is about more than just birth control. It encompasses all the decisions a woman makes regarding her reproductive health, from pregnancy prevention and planning, to child spacing and even protecting herself from equally transmitted diseases. The purpose of this research paper is to identify the factors affecting family planning decision among low-income mothers with five children above.

In the case of the interviewee, the researcher can say that economic factor affects the use of birth control techniques of Filipinos. Money is still needed for a successful use of family planning. It is needed to buy those artificial contraceptives. Since they are just low-income earners they are not able to provide money to be used as maintenance of pills instead they buy condoms to lessen the cost. That quinine is used by this live-in partner that’s why they succeed in controlling the number of their children even it reached five at least there is a two years gap and chosen to be the subject of the interview.

Another factor, the social networks also affects their decision on the use of family planning method. People around us advices us on how we would decide whether to use it or not like parents-in-law, health workers etc. Another important factor is the knowledge of the F-lollipops which they could get through seminars and through health centers. Some of the values can be considered as factors that affects family planning. Population. This is the main reason of proposing and approving the RE Law.

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