Recto wants teens, not minors, educated on RH

SENATOR Ralph Recto on Tuesday outlined some amendments to the controversial Reproductive Health bill such as educating teen-agers on the programs but it should not promote sexual promiscuity among the youth.

“This some might not agree, this is in my conscience, that all youth, 13 years and above should be educated on RH to become responsible individuals while those below 13 should get their RH mentoring from their parents,“ Recto explained

Recto added that among the amendments he will introduce in the resumption of the deliberation on RH bill will confine on the following grounds:

1.       That it is the right of couples to plan their family size.
2.       That there should be no state-sponsored population control.
3.       That couples must be educated on responsible parenthood and different methods of family planning- both modern and natural.
4.       That RH should provided services and supplies to poor couples, especially women.
5.       That the RH should not promote sexual promiscuity among the youth.
6.       That minor should have parental consent before they are given access to contraceptives.
7.       That the bill must have clear funding or appropriations so that we know how much resource are required to determine its implementability, operability and sustainability.
8.       That the government should not coerce local government units and private health providers to delivers RH services for free because it’s not sustainable.

Recto believed that the most contentious among his amendments will be going around on the prohibition against the promotion of sexual promiscuity among the youth and minors’ access to contraceptives, which the law has provided.

“Puwede ba may anak ka, hindi alam ng magulang na pumunta sa barangay health center at makakakuha o hihingi ng contraceptives na hindi alam ng mga magulang? Sa palagay ko hindi tama iyon,”  Recto said .

Recto also said that there is no provision in the proposed measure on allocations for the LGUs and private providers thus jeopardize its implementation.

“There is none in the bill that says about funding. It should be spelled out in order to ensure its implementation,” Recto said.

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