The past week has been very busy for my twitter handle. The #RHBill hashtag finally made it to the trending topics! I spent almost the whole day talking about the Reproductive Health Bill among teens, refuting and debunking their claims against the bill.
It is alarming that the youth have so many misconceptions about the bill, and their Reproductive Health per se. it is devastating that, upon engaging in debates with these clueless youth, they seem to know more about the PBB Teens than the bill that would protect them and somehow guarantee a brighter future.
I am appalled at how they feel every success by making stuff like MYRVESHangover MYRVESonPrincessandI, MyrtleMeetsSarahG MYRVESonGGV, HappyMonthsaryMyrtle and EkEk trend in twitter while being completely apathetic to the fact that Philippines has the highest number of teen pregnancies in Asia.
Here are some of the funniest, most alarming teen misconceptions that I have encountered:
1. RH Bill is anti-life.
For some, RH Bill will be the catalyst for the moves to legalize abortion. Errr…try again. The constitution protects the unborn (by the unborn, I mean the actual baby inside the mother’s womb, after conception), and there is no way that the Reproductive Health Bill can change that. Children, abortion is and will remain illegal here in the Philippines, even if our legislators eventually decide to go for the RH Bill.
2. RH Bill will promote pre-marital sex among teens; especially now that they will be given access to condoms and other modern contraceptives.
Kids, the concept of sex is everywhere. Novels, TV Shows, news, telenovelas,heck even cartoons have some sexy parts inserted in it, some even pornographic.
Contrary to that claim, RH Bill aims to educate youth on their sexuality, teaching them the negative effects of getting unwanted pregnancies, and other things. I am not condoning premarital sex, nor promoting it, but it would be better if everyone practices safe sex. I am just being true to myself.
3. I don’t support RH Bill because I am a devout Catholic. (Translation: Our parish priest says I should not, so I simply obey)
Sure. I am a devout Catholic myself, but that fact does not hamper my thoughts on why there is a need to pass the RH Bill. I care about all the mothers out there, bringing in a life with fear of death. 11 (or so) mothers die every day just by giving birth, the least that I can do? Support something that would prevent these unnecessary deaths.
I can never let the priests/pastors dictate me on how I should run my life. I was given intellect and free will to discern what’s right from wrong. Also, it wouldn’t be fair if I let the priests, who definitely have no vagina, decide what is best for my body, the temple of the Holy Spirit.
4. I don’t support RH Bill because…errr…just because.
This one’s a classic. Reading similar tweets/reactions makes me want to bang my head against the wall, or bang their heads against the wall to knock some consciousness in them. These are the types of kids that have the ability to discuss the whole PBB Teens Edition, episode by episode, yet fail to even understand what the RH Bill has to offer. Children, hindi bawal ang mag-isip.
Kids, you devote too much time on following this Myrtle or Yves teens, yet fail to read and understand the one bill that is badly needed by our country. Sure we have other problems, but all are equally important and can be solved by different solutions. RH Bill will address a part of our problems, not all. If you can research all details about these PBB Teen Edition cast’s lives, surely you can dig up some facts on your health too.
PBB Teens lived in a make-believe world. They were fed, taken care of, watched, and controlled. They did not need to “work” to eat inside the house. We, on the other hand, struggle to live. This is the real world. This is where we live in. This world right here is harsh. Wake up, read and be informed.
Just my two cents.
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