I am educated. Graduated from one of the top universities in the country and have a stable job.
But at 27, I am a single mother and still a breadwinner for my family.
I find myself fortunate enough to provide for the immediate needs of my child. She is studying in a public preschool. I’m still renting an apartment cities away from my work just to save for the rent. Still commutes. Just barely making it with the monthly bills. Have zero savings. But I feel and know that we are blessed.
This is not the case for the other thousands of women who have not known the pro’s and con’s of PMS. Wives who have no idea nor arms-reach to contraceptives. Women who have n-number of children.
Let’s face it people: Philippines is a third world developing country who faces massive corruption problems. Dissemination of information such as knowledge concerning the reproductive health needs time, money, determination, love for fellow countrymen/women and effort. I believe this law will not kill babies. This will help women have a choice.
I once attended a marriage seminar (I am legally married) and yes, they provide context about sex and the likes. But these options will not reach our unfortunate countrymen. Church offers a good option and a moral choice. It’s good but let’s consider that not all Filipino goes to church. I am not condemning the “so-called” sinners. Again, most people don’t have knowledge, no means. It’s okay to preach. But it is the states/government duty to protect and provide its people. And this law is long overdue. We need change– NOW!
I am a sinner and paying for the consequences of my actions. But I still have a voice as concern for my fellow Filipino women who need this service.
Many statistics and studies have been said and done. Many voiced their opinions, showed evidences and proofs. Resources may be scarce. But one change can make a ripple effect. Currently, we still are running in circles. Let’s stop this hindrance of ignorance.
It’s time for change. Serve the people. Yes to RH Bill.