Rh Bill Essay

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WHAT IS RH BILL? The Reproductive Health (RH) bill promotes information on and access to both natural and modern family planning methods, which are medically safe and legally permissible. It assures an enabling environment where women and couples have the freedom of informed choice on the mode of family planning they want to adopt based on their needs, personal convictions and religious beliefs. The bill does not have any bias for or against either natural or modern family planning. Both modes are contraceptive methods. Their common purpose is to prevent unwanted pregnancies. It proposes that the Philippine government and the private sector will fund and undertake widespread distribution of family planning devices such as condoms, birth control pills (BCPs) and IUDs. COVERAGE OF THE RH BILL: Information and access to natural and modern family planning. Maternal, infant and child health and nutrition. Promotion of breast feeding. Prevention of abortion and management of post-abortion complications. Adolescent and youth health. Prevention and management of reproductive tract infections, HIV/AIDS and STDs. Elimination of violence against women. Counseling on sexuality and sexual and reproductive health. Treatment of breast and reproductive tract cancers. Male involvement and participation in RH. Prevention and treatment of infertility. Age-appropriate reproductive health and sexuality education from fifth grade to high school. SUPPORT AND CRITICISM OF THE RH BILL: THOSE THAT SUPPORT THE RH ARGUE THAT: Economic studies, especially the experience in Asia show that rapid population growth and high fertility rates, especially among the poor, exacerbate poverty and make it harder for the government to address it. Empirical studies show that poverty incidence is higher among big families. Smaller families and wider birth intervals could allow

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