Saturday, May 21, 2011

Contraceptive Use: A Common Debate Between Misters and Misses

In many of the poor & marginalized areas of the country, the debate on the Reproductive Health Bill  is also being tackled much by ordinary couples. This video will give you a glimpse of the ordinary conversation that couples talk about on the use of modern contraceptive methods. 

Men, as featured in this video would say quote the Bible and the "holy teachings" and say "we have to multiply" and "why would we object the will of the one above?". Women, on the other hand says the otherwise and points out that it would be harder to manage the very meager resources of the family.

Women tend to not have control over their bodies and as to the number of babies they would want to have. This concerns both of the couples but in these cases, wives are constrained of their decisions to control the number of their offsprings for it is the husbands who decide for them. 

However, in most of the poor families, it is most often the women who are left at home to manage their families and are the ones undergoing severe stresses of managing a huge family with scarce resources. They are the ones at toll of taking care of their children of 5, 6, 8, 10, 13 or more leaving no time for themselves.

The Consolidated Reproductive Health Bill (HB 4244) of the House of Representatives stated in Section 28 that the performance of medically-safe and legal reproductive health procedure in the case of married persons, a mutual consent is sought and preferred. But in the case of disagreement, as such found in this video, the decision of the one undergoing the procedure (in this case, the woman) shall prevail.

In this continuing debate on the RH Bill, ordinary wives in their household also debate with their husbands over the control of their bodies. Many women only desired a smaller number of children but often times get a double or triple of it and gets the blame for not having managed the family well. 

If women were given the ability to take control of their bodies and are empowered to have informed choices, families would be managed better, resources would be allocated better and they could have had pursued some personal dreams.

1 comment:

  1. I definitely agree on this, mostly kasi yung mga lalaki they are not very much aware about family planning.