´A STUDY on the PROS and CONS of the REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH BILLµ By: Aldrin C. Brosas SUMMARY # 1 REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH BILL: Fact Sheet and Explanatory Note This fact sheet is a summary of facts and explanations by the committee on health about the Reproductive Health Bill introduced by certain house representatives led particularly by Rep. EdcelLagman. The House Bill is called the REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND POPULATION DEVELOPMENT ACT OF 2008 and the objectives of this bill points out to mainly two th
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  ´A STUDY on the PROS and CONS of the REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH BILLµ By: Aldrin C. BrosasSUMMARY # 1 REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH BILL: Fact Sheet and Explanatory Note This fact sheet is a summary of facts and explanations by the committee on health about theReproductive Health Bill introduced by certain house representatives led particularly by Rep.EdcelLagman.The House Bill is called the REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND POPULATION DEVELOPMENT ACT OF2008 and the objectives of this bill points out to mainly two things. First is to promote respect for lifethrough birth spacing or in other words, the Family Planning Method. Secondly is to guarantee access tolegal and quality reproductive health care services such as the drugs and contraceptives necessary forbirth spacing.It has at least ten Key Provisions mostly of which are the provision of the necessary actions andmaterials for this Bill to materialize. The mandatory stage/age it shall cover, the agencies responsiblesuch as the Department of Health and Population Commission, the penalties for not abiding, and theavailability of the materials also covers the provisions.Hon. Lagman·s explanatory note, moreover clearly states about the gradual problem of overpopulationin the country . As of 2008, 88.7 million is the population rate, making us the 12 th most populouscountry in the world. He further explained more statistics such as the women·s fertility rare, birth rateand surveys and studies made about . Now the Filipinos, as surveys would say view RH Bill as theapparent solution to this predicament. In the survey conducted, most Filipinos are responsive to a small-sized family, and that through family planning it will be achieved, with due consideration thatcontraceptives are to be used for this.It was also stressed that the Bill isn·t only for population control but is about four main things. (1)Improve reproductive health of Filipinos, (2) reduce teenage pregnancy, (3) Provide policies that willassist the government in the population and economic management and hence, (4) provide a solution topoverty.  SUMMARY # 2 BIRTH CONTROL Birth control refers to the methods and techniques used to prevent contraception. It may also refer toabortion which is the expulsion of a fetus or unborn child from the uterus. It may also be called´contraception.µMethods vary such as condoms, injectable contraceptives, hormonal contraception such as pills. Anothermethod would be c  ontragestion, which is the placement of intrauterine devices in the uterus .Sterilization on the other hand comes in the form of tubal ligation for women and vasectomy for men.There can also be BEHAVIORAL METHODS which involve the regulation of the tuning / methods of intercourse to prevent conception.There·s also LACATATIONAL METHOD that gives guidelines for determining the length of a women·speriod of breastfeeding infertility. Other mentioned methods were fertility awareness, c  oitus interruptus,avoiding semen near vagina and total abstinen c  e. SUMMARY # 3 POPE Benedict ² nuanced thinking in age of sound bitesBy: Deacon, Nick  News reports from the interview of Peter Seewald on the Pope, proved to be exaggerated anduntruthful as to the speculations that the holy Father favors the use of condoms.News articles reporting how the pope believe that condom use can after all be less sinful than it wasthus making it appear advisable, are definitely product of a dramatic and misleading journalism, as per theauthor of this article believes so.In reality, the Pope only meant that condom use is still immensely an immoral act of defying humansexuality, but for example when a prostitute use it to prevent HIV infection, but can be a first step tomorality.The pope, nevertheless, didn·t let himself get affected but in turn said, ´Ignore the media and listen towhat I·m saying.µ   SUMMARY # 4 In Rare Cases, Pope Justifies Use of CondomBy: Rachel Donadio and Louie GoldsteinThe New York Times Rumors and speculations have spread after dirty journalism twisted the facts on the pope·s statementsof the condom usage. Once and for all, the reporters cleared everything and furtherly explained thePope·s statements and excerpts from his interview with Peter Seewald addressing the criticisms of themedia in his turbulent papacy.  His statements of condoms are limited and slightly are indirect. As interpreted, his statements somehow justify the use of condoms. However, he cleared that he never approves of it but in rare cases whenused to evade HIV can be moral. He never considers it a real or advisable solution.Books have been published as written by Seewald, and excerpts of the interview were printed onVatican newspapers. It was advised to be read for further enlightenment.SUMMARY # 4 Pope did not Legitimize Condom Use, affirms Spanish BishopFrom: Catholic News Agency ² Euro Press Reports of the alleged legitimization of the condoms by the Pope alarmed the religious catholiccommunity, across the world. In Spain, the secretary general of the Spanish Bishops· Conferencecarefully remarked that the Pope never meant such a thing.The Bishop further stressed that its use is an act of immortality and can never be recommended. It wasall a product of misunderstanding and miscommunication and false reports.He also said that the Church·s teachings are not learned from headlines but rather from the catechisms,confessions, and religion classes.SUMMARY # 5 Pope Says Condom use OK in few casesBy: Mitchell LandsbergLos Angeles Times The news report tackles briefly of the Pope·s remarks on the Book, ´Light of the Worldµ by PeterSeewald. It has been interpreted that the pontiff under some circumstances, may took condom as anacceptable mean to avoid HIV for prostitutes.Does this mean the pope also approves of prostitution to say that condom will generally help them?SUMMARY # 6 POPE: Condom Use can be Justified to Halt AIDSBy: CBS News World The Pope, in his recent remarks on the book of Peter Seewald, had somehow taken condom use couldbe justified, in the case of ´male prostitutesµ ² for whom contraception isn·t a central issue ² in theintention of avoiding infection.  The church has long opposed artificial contraception and it was quite a shock to hear this from aninfluential church theologian and not to mention the leader of the church. It has been clarified howeverthat it can never be a moral solution and the reliance on it distracted the need for proper education insexual contact.SUMMARY # 7 RP ² How Pope·s remarks on Condom Affects the RH BillFrom: Manila Bulletin Online The Pope·s comments about condoms drew the attention of the entire human population, mostimportantly here in the Philippines, amidst the deliberation of the Reproductive Health Bill.Reproductive Health Bill basically suggests the open use of the contraceptives which long have receivedgreat opposition from various sectors particularly the church and other pro-life sectors.But in understanding to the context of the pope·s statement the Pope still strongly oppose this matterand support the entire Catholic community who renounce this issue.SUMMARY # 8 Pope Says Condom Use ¶first step of morality·By: Nicole Winfield and Frances D·EmilioFrom: Associated Press via Yahoo! News After the ongoing spread of rumors and alleged disgust and various reactions of the pope·s openingupon the subject of condoms and contraception, one conclusion would always come out from criticsand analysts as well as ordinary and concerned people.German journalist Peter Seewald made way to unsolicited and unexpected burst out on the subject.Initially, Seewald was to release a book called ´Light of the World, the Pope, the Church and the signs of Timesµ, when the subject was moved over the growing cases of AIDS and the pope·s strongcondemnation on condoms as the real solution to this disease. However, in a change of mind, the Popehad rather said that in some terms, as in the case of ´male prostituteµ, the use of condom for the mereintention of reducing or evading infection, can be a sign of assuming moral responsibility than preventingconception, which primarily is the aim of condom usage.On the bottom line, the article related well the root of all these issues as well as the pope·s side. Thefurther clearing up that the pope, does NOT in any way justifies, approves of, nor sees it as the utmostsolution to the problem. That the church remains opposed to any form of ´artificial contraception.µ

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