Dissecting the Philippines Reproductive Health Law


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The Reproductive Health Bills, popularly known as the RH Bills, are legislative bills aiming to guarantee universal access to reproductive health care services, supplies and information in the Philippines. There are presently six bills with the same goals, the most prominent of which is House Bill 96 but they are all referred to in the country as "the RH Bill" as they have the common purpose of promoting reproductive health, responsible parenthood and informed choice in conformity with internationally recognized human rights standards. The contentious aspect of the bill which has spawned a national debate is its key proposal that the government funds and undertakes widespread distribution of family planning devices such as oral contraceptive pills (OCPs) and IUDs, dissemination of information on their use, and enforcement of their provision in all health care centers and private companies, as a way of controlling the population of the Philippines. The bill is based on the premise that present population growth impedes economic development and exacerbates poverty.

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Dissecting the Philippines Reproductive Health Law

  1. 1. DISSECTING REPUBLIC ACT NO. 10354AN ACT PPROVIDING FOR A NATIONAL POLICY ON RESPONSIBLE PARENTHOOD AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH Medical & Public Health Issues Dr. Liza C. Manalo, MSc. Department of Family & Community Medicine
  2. 2. Success can be taught• The process starts with making people understand that each of us choose to be victims or victors.• Poverty is more than a lack of income. It is also the consequence of specific behaviors and decisions.• The real long term solution to poverty is not achieved by mere luck and circumstance. It is achieved by a string of decisions.• Set backs in life happen, but there is no special formula that magically brings prosperity and wealth.• It is the core belief that we, the people, have the power to overcome wrongs, injustices, and disasters.• It is the fundamental knowledge that we ultimately have power over ourselves, our lives, and our pursuit of happiness. - Reese, Nov, 2008, http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/262211
  3. 3. The real answer to poverty is a two step process :• 1st step in helping people rise from despair: instill self worth. – There is no self worth or self dignity found in a dole- out. • This does not mean that we dont lend a helping hand; this means that the helping hand must be accompanied by true compassion that is not attached to our own personal agenda for the individuals we claim we want to help. – The first step is by far the toughest. Victory over victim-hood does not occur overnight, and people have to want that personal victory before they can find the will to fight for personal success. - Reese, Nov, 2008 http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/262211
  4. 4. The real answer to poverty is a two step process :2nd: Simply teach the odds to people each year, from 3rd grade through high school graduation, as to who are • How Not to Be Poor: are the poor: • Stay in School• High school drop-outs • Get a Job• Staying single • Get Married• Having children without a • Dont Have Children spouse Out of Wedlock• Working only part time or - National Center for Policy not working at all Analysis, Jan, 2003 http://www.ncpa.org/pub/ba428/ - 2001 U.S. Census data
  5. 5. ImproveMaternal Health
  6. 6. Everyday another 10 Filipino women die of complications due to pregnancy and childbirth• Birth attendance by skilled personnel, a proxy Type of Assistance During Delivery indicator for MMR, has only slightly increased 70 from 58.8% in 1990 to 60 59.8 62.3 62.3% in 2006 (FPS) 50 52.8 56.4 Percent• Most women in rural 40 45.3 41.3 37.1 areas prefer hilots (TBAs) 30 34.5• Non skilled birth 20 10 attendance is worst 0 among the poor with the 1993 1998 2003 2006 rich more likely to have skilled attendance at SBA Non-SBA delivery than the poor Many women still deliver without medical attendance
  7. 7. The main causes of maternal deathscould have been avoidedSource: Wagner and Claeson. 2004
  8. 8. Crucial to reducing maternal deaths is having a skilled attendant present during a delivery• Only 60 percent of the births in the Philippines are supervised by a skilled birth attendant.• In the Philippine Framework for Maternal Mortality Reduction, health workers are identified as playing an integral part in achieving a lower MMR in the country.• Giving midwives access to further training in life- saving skills could prevent up to 80 percent of maternal deaths in the Philippines, says Rosalie Paje, division chief of the Family Health Office under the Department of Health (DOH). – http://www.pogsinc.org/v2/index.php/component/content/art icle/10/58-philippines-ranks--48-in-maternal-mortality
  9. 9. Eliminating maternal deaths is POSSIBLEZero maternal mortality from 1994 up to 2004Gattaran-Cagayan, Ara-asan-Surigao del Sur andIsulan, Sultan Kudarat • Key elements – Pregnancy Watch – Prepaid Perinatal Services – Upgraded Birthing Centers – Botica sa Birthing (Pharmacy) – Walking Blood Bank – Tambayan sa Birthing (Waiting Home) – Male Motivators
  10. 10. Priority interventions on the ground DELAY # 1 DELAY # 2 DELAY # 3 Deciding to seek Reaching an Receiving EmOC EmOC EmOC Facility at Facility• Educate on danger • Improve access to • Ensure availability of signs and location of transport and skilled birth attendant EmOC facility communication • Provide adequate drugs, systems• Provide alternatives equipment, blood for financing • Prepare delivery plan transfusion (Social/Community during antenatal visits • Improve quality of Health Insurance) services for the poor,• Establish less educated, and Community support women who had group (e.g.. TBA, undergone abortion BHW)
  11. 11. At the service levelIncrease Demand and Utilization forEmergency Obstetric Care (EmOC)• Improve quality of antenatal services – Information on danger signs and where to go when complications arise – Ensure provision of iron and folic acid supplementation • Rice biofortification • Distribution in workplace-based settings – Prepare delivery plans that include options for transport and financing• Network with traditional birth attendants (TBAs) to identify danger signs, plan referrals
  12. 12. REPUBLIC ACT NO. 10354 AN ACT PPROVIDING FOR A NATIONAL POLICY ON RESPONSIBLE PARENTHOOD AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH is about:• The State shall promote and provide information and access, without bias, to all methods of family planning, including effective natural and modern methods which have been proven medically safe, legal, non- abortifacient and effective in accordance with scientific and evidence-based medical research standards such as those registered and approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
  13. 13. V 1.1 What is wrongcontraceptives? and the use of with “safe sex”i • Contraceptives are not effective in blocking out STDs.o • The inherent naturally occurring flaws in natural rubber (latex) are up to 5 microns inches in size. The averagel sperm is about 50 microns in diameter, and the average AIDS virus is about 0.1 micron in size. An AIDS virus cana pass through a latex flaw.ti - Dr. C. Michael Roland of the U.S. Naval Research Lab,o Washington D.C, Rubber World, June, 1993n
  14. 14. V What is wrong with “safe sex” and the use ofi • 1.1 is no absolute guarantee that one will not get contraceptives? Thereo sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and HIV even when condom is used.l – Most experts believe that the risk of getting HIV/AIDSa and other sexually transmitted diseases can be greatly reduced if a condom is used consistently and correctly.t – In other words, sexrisky"condoms isnt totally "safe sex," but it is "less with sex.i – The most reliable ways to avoid transmission of STDs are to abstain from sexual activity, or to be in a long-termo mutually monogamous relationship with an uninfected partner.n - Centers for Disease Control (CDC) & US FDA
  15. 15. What is wrong with “safe sex” and the use ofV 1.1 contraceptives? • There is no absolute guarantee that one will not geti genital HPV, the most common sexually transmittedo infection, even when condom is used. – For those who choose to be sexually active, condoms mayl lower the risk of HPV. To be most effective, they should be used with every sex act, from start to finish. Condoms maya also lower the risk of developing HPV-related diseases, such as genital warts and cervical cancer. But HPV can infect areast that are not covered by a condom - so condoms may not fully protect against HPV.i – People can also lower their chances of getting HPV by beingo in a faithful relationship with one partner; limiting their number of sex partners; and choosing a partner who hasn had no or few prior sex partners. - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  16. 16. When Does Human Life Begin? A Scientific Perspective• The scientific evidence supports the conclusion that a zygote is a human organism and that the life of a new human being commences at a scientifically well defined “moment of conception.” • Based on universally accepted scientific criteria, a new cell, the human zygote, comes into existence at the moment of sperm- egg fusion, an event that occurs in less than a second. • Upon formation, the zygote immediately initiates a complex sequence of events that establish the molecular conditions required for continued embryonic development. • The behavior of the zygote is radically unlike that of either sperm or egg separately and is characteristic of a human organism. • Condic M, 2008, The Westchester Institute For Ethics & the Human Person
  17. 17. When Does Human Life Begin? At Fertilization• Keith L. Moore, Before We Are Born: Essentials of Embryology, 7th edition. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders, 2008. p. 2.• T.W. Sadler, Langmans Medical Embryology, 10th edition. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2006. p. 11.• Keith L. Moore, The Developing Human: Clinically Oriented Embryology, 7th edition. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders, 2003. pp. 16, 2.• Ronan ORahilly and Fabiola Miller, Human Embryology and Teratology, 3rd edition. New York: Wiley-Liss, 2001. p. 8.• Essentials of Human Embryology, William J. Larsen, (New York: Churchill Livingstone, 1998), 1-17.• Carlson, Bruce M. Pattens Foundations of Embryology. 6th edition. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1996, p. 3 • http://www.clinicquotes.com/site/story.php?id=28
  18. 18. When Does Human Life Begin? From the Pro-choice side: Acknowledgments of life before birth• "A facet that makes the obstetricians burden unique in the whole field of medicine is his double obligation; he simultaneously cares for two patients, the mother and the infant...The essential step in the initiation of life is by fertilization, the penetration of the ovum by a spermatozoa and the fusion of the two cells into a single cell." - Dr. Alan Guttmacher, Pregnancy and Birth: A Book for Expectant Parents New American Library, Jan, 1962. He was the president of Planned Parenthood• "Let me say something shocking. I am perfectly willing to grant that life begins at conception...lets not pretend it [abortion] is not a form of killing." - Pro-Choice activist and supporter Norman Mailer to David Frost on PBS• "Fertilization, then, has taken place. A baby has been conceived." - Planned Parenthoods former medical director Mary Calderone, M.D. (Quoted by pro-choice author Magda Denes. Appears in "The Zero People: Essays on Life" by Jeffrey Hensley, Servant Publications (March 1983) p 9. • http://www.clinicquotes.com/site/story.php?id=28
  19. 19. V 1.1 What is wrong with “safe sex” and the use of contraceptives?io • Some contraceptives have post-fertilization effectsl – Although the primary mechanism of orala contraceptives (OC) is inhibition ofinovulation, other alterations include changes the cervicalt mucus, which uterus, and changes inof sperm entry into the increase the difficulty thei endometrium, which reduce the likelihood of implantation.o - Physicians’ Desk Reference & Drug Facts andn Comparisons
  20. 20. V 1.1 What is wrong with “safe sex” and the use of contraceptives?i Some contraceptives have post-fertilizationo effects • “In IUD users, the low recovery of ova from thel uterus, as well as the lack of hCG rise in more recent studies of IUD users, suggest that the majora postfertilization effect is destruction of the earlyt embryo in prefertilizationtube, inis likely to be that the major the Fallopian effect the same wayi destruction of sperm and ova.o • Stanford andGynecology, December Journal of Obstetrics & Mikolajczyk, American 2002n
  21. 21. V 1.1 What is wrong with “safe sex” and the use of contraceptives?i Some contraceptives have post-fertilizationo effectsl • For theofcopper IUD, thisand direct toxicity, whereas with the result inflammation embryocidal effect may be more a progestin IUDs it may result more from inhibition of transporta through the Fallopian tube, along with prevention of implantation, preventing long-term viability of the embryo.”t Copper IUD • Stanford and Mikolajczyk, American Journali of Obstetrics & Gynecology, December 2002on
  22. 22. The Philippine National Drug Formulary System andV Family Planning Supplies. - the National Drug Formulary shall include hormonal contraceptives, intrauterinei devices, injectables and other safe, legal, non- abortifacient and effective family planning productso and supplies.l For the purpose of this act, any product or supply included or to be included in the essential drug list must have a certification from thea FDA that said products and supply is made available on the condition that it is not to be used as an abortifacient.t These products and supplies shall also be included in the regulari purchase of essential medicines and supplies of all national hospitals. Provided, further, That the foregoing offices shall not purchase oro acquire by any means emergency contraceptive pills, postcoital pills, abortifacients that will be used for such purpose and their othern forms or equivalent.
  23. 23. Criteria for Drug Selection into the Essential Drug List and the National Drug Formulary (WHO Technical Report Series No.825, The Use of Essential Drugs) Relevance to disease Indicated in the treatment of prevalent diseases Efficacy and safety Based on adequate pharmacologic studies especially among Filipinos Quality Must meet adequate quality control standard including stability &, when necessary, bioavailability Compliance with WHO Certification Scheme on the Quality of Pharmaceutical Products Moving in International Commerce Cost of treatment regimenAppropriateness to the capability of health workers at different levels of health careLocal health problems Benefit/Risk ratio
  24. 24. V What is wrong with classifying family planning supplies as essential medicines?io • Most normal, low-risk pregnancy, per se, is not a disease, and as such does not need medicines,l except for iron and folic acid supplementation.a – Hence, the only “essential” medicines duringt pregnancy would be ferrous sulfate and multivitamins.ion
  25. 25. What is wrong with classifying familyV planning supplies as essential medicines?i • Combined Oral Contraceptives (COC) are not safe, as they areo classified as carcinogenic to humans by the World Health Organizationl • The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the cancer research agency of WHO, in its press releasea of the 29th of July 2005, informed of the publication of a monograph on the carcinogenicity of combined estrogen-t progestogen oral contraceptives (COC) and combined estrogen-progestogen menopausal therapy (HRT), basedi on the conclusions of an international Working Group of 21 scientists from 8 countries.o » http://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/publications/agein g/cocs_hrt_statement.pdfn » http://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/pr/2005/pr167.html
  26. 26. What is wrong with classifying familyV planning supplies as essential medicines?i• Combined Oral Contraceptives (COC) are not safe, as there iso sufficient evidence in humans for their carcinogenicity – Estrogen-progestogen oral contraceptives were classified inl the Group 1 of carcinogenic agents, after a thorough review of the published scientific evidence.a – This evaluation was made on the basis of increased risks for cancer of the breast among current and recent users only,t for cancer of the cervix and for cancer of the liver in populations that are at low risk for hepatitis B viral infection.i » IARC Monographs on the Evaluation of Carcinogenic Risks to Humans Volume 91 (2007) http://monographs.iarc.fr/ENG/Monographs/vol91/mono91-o 6E.pdf » The Lancet Oncology, Vol 6 August 2005n http://oncology.thelancet.com
  27. 27. What is wrong with classifying familyV planning supplies as essential medicines?i• Combined Oral Contraceptives (COC) are noto safe, as women who were current or recentl users of birth control pills had a slightlya elevated risk of developing breast cancer. – from the analysis of 54 epidemiological studies conducted byt the Collaborative Group on Hormonal Factors in Breast Cancer on 53,297 women with breast cancer and 100,239i women without breast cancero • The risk was highest for women who started using OCs as teenagers. » Lancet 1996; 347:1713–1727.n
  28. 28. V What is wrong with classifying family planning supplies as essential medicines?io • Combined Oral Contraceptives (COC) are not safe, as the risk for breast cancer was highestl for women who used OCs within 5 years priora to diagnosis, particularly in the younger group • From the National Cancer Institute (NCI)-sponsored studyt among women ages 20 to 34 compared with women ages 35 to 54.i » Althuis MD, Brogan DD, Coates RJ, et al. Breast cancers among very young premenopausal women (United States). Cancer Causes ando Control 2003; 14(2):151–160. » http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/oral-n contraceptives
  29. 29. V What is wrong with classifying family planning supplies as essential medicines?i • Contraceptive hormone use is linked too cardiovascular disease. – Newer generation oral contraceptives (OC) indicate a persistentl increased risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE or blood clots) for current users.a – Current guidelines indicate that, as with all medication,t contraceptive hormones should be selected and initiated by weighing risks and benefits for the individual patient.i – Women 35 years and older should be assessed for cardiovascular risk factors including hypertension, smoking, diabetes,o nephropathy, and other vascular diseases, including migraines, prior to OC use.n – Shufelt & Bairey Merz, J Am Coll Cardiol. 2009 Jan
  30. 30. V What is wrong with classifying family planning supplies as essential medicines?i • FDA Drug Safety Communication: Updated information about the risk of blood clots in women taking birtho control pills containing drospirenone.l • [4-10-2012] Based on its review of recent observational (epidemiologic) studies, the U.S. FDA has concluded thata drospirenone-containing birth control pills may be associated with a higher risk for blood clots than othert progestin-containing pills.i • The re drug labels (Beyaz, Safyral, Yasmin and Yaz) report that some epidemiologic studies reported as high as a three-fold increase in the risk of blood clots for drospirenone-containing products wheno compared to products containing levonorgestrel or some other progestins.n • http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm299305.htm
  31. 31. Women Sue Bayer Over Yaz Birth Control Side Effects• In June 2012, Bayer announced that it had begun settling some of the approximately 11,000 Yaz lawsuits filed on behalf of women who allegedly suffered severe side effects after taking the drug. • http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/women-sue-bayer- over-yaz-birth-control-s-57418/
  32. 32. What is wrong with classifying familyV planning supplies as essential medicines?i Safety Labeling Changes Approved By FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) , May 2008o Mirena (Levonorgestrel-releasing Intrauterine Device)l WARNINGS: Ectopic Pregnancya • ...Up to half of pregnancies that occur with Mirena in place are ectopic (incidence: about 1 ectopict pregnancy per 1000 users per year.) – Tell women who choose Mirena about the risks of ectopici pregnancy, including the loss of fertility. Teach them to recognize and report to their physician promptly anyo symptoms of ectopic pregnancy... • http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/Safety-n RelatedDrugLabelingChanges/ucm119274.htm
  33. 33. V What is wrong with classifying family planning supplies as essential medicines?i Mirena (levonorgestrel-releasing IUD) - WARNINGSo Sepsisl • ...In some cases, severe pain occurred within hours of insertion followed by sepsis within days...a Perforationt • Perforation or penetration of the uterine wall or cervix may occur during insertion although thei perforation may not be detected until some time later...on – http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/Safety- RelatedDrugLabelingChanges/ucm119274.htm
  34. 34. V What is wrong with classifying family planning supplies as essential medicines?io Mirena (levonorgestrel-releasing IUD) - WARNINGSl Ovarian Cysts • ...Surgical intervention is not usually required.a Breast Cancert • ...Two observational studies have not provided evidence of an increased risk of breast canceri during the use of Mirena.o – http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/Safety-n RelatedDrugLabelingChanges/ucm119274.htm
  35. 35. V What is wrong with classifying family planning supplies as essential medicines?i• IUDs are not safeo – During the use of a copper IUD, menstruation tends to be longer with a greater loss of blood; in 70% of women whol use a hormonal IUD oligomenorrhea or even amenorrhoea develops. In the first weeks after IUD insertion, there is ana increased risk of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). • Summary of the practice guideline The intrauterinet device from the Dutch College of General Practitioners, 2009i – A World Health Organization multi-centre study established that pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) risk is temporallyo related to IUD insertion procedures.n – Shapiro, Reprod Health Matters. 2004 May
  36. 36. What is wrong with classifying familyV planning supplies as essential medicines?i • IUDs are not safeo • In 15 studieswomen, nulliparous women had higher rates of nulliparous comparing IUD performance in parous vs.l expulsion and removals due to bleeding and pain. – Hubacher, Contraception. 2007 Juna • Uterine perforation is a rare yet serious complication and is usually seen during insertion of the IUD.t – Koltan et al, J Chin Med Assoc. 2010 Jun • There are about 70 cases in the literature of IUDs that havei migrated into the bladder. The resulting bladder perforation can be complete or partial.o – Istanbulluoglu et al, J Chin Med Assoc. 2008 Apr • There is a reported case of a colon penetration by a copper IUD.n – Arslan et al, Arch Gynecol Obstet. 2009
  37. 37. Mirena: Lawsuits & FDA warning• Mirena, manufactured by Bayer Pharmaceuticals, has come under scrutiny for its dangerous side effects and has led to many lawsuits claiming the product is “defective and unreasonably dangerous.” Among the many claims of negligence, Bayer is accused of intentionally selling a dangerous product, deceptive advertising and concealing the risk of complications.• In reviewing the manufacturer’s script for advertising for the product, the FDA warned Bayer in a Dec. 30, 2009, letter that the company was in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. The agency further stated that the advertising included false or misleading presentations and misbranded the drug. • http://www.drugwatch.com/mirena/lawsuit/
  38. 38. UnjustV Distribution of Benefits & Burdensi REPUBLIC ACT NO. 10354o AN ACT PPROVIDING FOR A NATIONAL POLICY ON RESPONSIBLE PARENTHOOD ANDl REPRODUCTIVE HEALTHa about promoting a program to “achieve equitable allocation of resources” whent problems pertaining to lack of “reproductivei health” is not as prevalent nor as life- threatening as our other health problems.on
  39. 39. Top Ten Leading Causes of Morbidity and Mortality in Low-Income Countries (WHO, 2004) Deaths in millions % of deaths Lower respiratory infections 2.94 11.2 Coronary heart disease 2.47 9.4 Diarrheal diseases 1.81 6.9 HIV/AIDS 1.51 5.7Stroke & other cerebrovascular diseases 1.48 5.6Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 0.94 3.6 Tuberculosis 0.91 3.5 Neonatal infections 0.90 3.4 Malaria 0.86 3.3 Prematurity and low birth weight 0.84 3.2
  40. 40. What is wrong with giving priorityV to reproductive health ?i • “Eight of the 10 leading causes of morbidity in the Philippines are caused by infections:o – Acute lower respiratory tract infection and pneumonia – Acute watery diarrheal – Bronchitis/ bronchiolitis – Influenzaa – Tuberculosis – Malariat – Acute febrile illness – Dengue feveri • Among these communicable diseases, pneumonia and tuberculosis continue to be among the 10 leading causes ofo mortality, causing a significant number of deaths across the country.”n -World Health Organization (WHO) Western Pacific Region Report
  41. 41. What is wrong with giving priority toV reproductive health ?i• “Financial resources allotted by foreign donors too assist the Philippine Government’s programs could actually be better spent in other pursuits thanl purchasing contraceptives.”a• “It is also of value to demystify our perceptions about the role of contraceptives in women’s health, women’st rights, and healthy families. To equate access toi contraceptives with the reduction in maternal morbidity and mortality is simplistic.”o - former Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Manuel M. Dayrit, MD, MScn Philippine Daily Inquirer, 9/20/04
  42. 42. Vi No person shall be denied informationo and access to family planning services, whether natural or artificial: Provided,l that minors will not be allowed access toa modem methods of family planning without written consent from theirt parents or guardian/s except when thei minor is already a parent or has had a miscarriageon
  43. 43. V What is wrong with access to reproductive health goods and services?i • Indiscriminate access to reproductive healtho goods and services without full disclosure ofl the potential for post-fertilization effects of hormonal contraceptives constitute aa violation of informed consent. – The available evidence supports the hypothesis that when ovulationt and fertilization occur in women taking oral contraceptives (OCs), post-fertilization effects are operative on occasion to prevent clinically recognized pregnancy.i Oral contraceptives directly affect the endometrium. These effects have been presumed to render the endometrium relativelyo inhospitable to implantation or to the maintenance of the preembryo or embryo prior to clinically recognized pregnancy. » Larimore & Stanford, Archive of Familyn Medicine, Feb 2000
  44. 44. What is wrong with access to reproductiveV health goods and services?i • Women who believe that human life begins ato fertilization and those who consider it is important to distinguish between natural andl induced embryo loss are less likely to consider the use of a method with post-fertilizationa effects. • In a cross-sectional survey of 755 women, aged 18-49, from Primary Care Health Centers in Pamplona, Spain, 40% of women would nott consider using a method that may work after fertilization but before implantation and 57% would not consider using one that may work after implantation.i » de Irala et al, Biomed Central Womens Health 2007 • Among 618 women ages 18–50 in family practice and obstetrics and gynecology clinics in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA,o 34% reported they believed that life begins at fertilization and would not use any birth control method that acts after fertilization. » Dye et al, Biomed Central Womens Health 2005n
  45. 45. A Fertility control should…l • Be reliablet • Be harmlesse • Be immediately reversible • Be inexpensiver • Not detract from the pleasure of sexual intercoursen • Encourage a good emotional and sexual relationship between partnersa • Be due to the existence of a serious motive fort avoiding the birth of another child e.g., illness in the mother or children (genetic disorders),i extreme poverty, etc. • Be respectful of the Moral Law, while searching forv the most adequate means of avoiding birthse
  46. 46. Evaluation of the Effectiveness of 12-month Multi-center Natural Fertility Regulation Program in China• Women of different social/education status, strata and ethnic groups in rural and urban China readily understand the meaning of the mucus patterns described in the Billings books and all of them accept the method.• The method-related pregnancy rate of the Billings Ovulation Method™ user group was zero and their continuation rate was significantly higher than those in the IUD group.• 37,000 BOM teachers trained• 2.7 Million fertile couples in regular use• Success rate 99%• Abortion rate dramatically reduced• 32% of infertile couples give birth Shao-Zhen QIAN et al, 2003
  47. 47. Use-effectiveness of fertility awareness(Billings Ovulation Method) amongthe urban poor in Delhi slums• The continuation rate of 91.86% for 12 months with a standard error of 0.67% was surprisingly high for a sample with low literacy and occupational status, low female work participation rates, small family size and a preference for sons with low motivation to use other methods.• The 1 year efficacy rate (life table analysis) was 99.86%.• The 1-year use-effectiveness rate was 97.43% for the 5,752 cohort. – Dorairaj, Soc Action, 1984
  48. 48. Based on the presented evidence,it is hereby recommended… NO TO AN ACT PPROVIDING FOR A NATIONAL POLICY ON RESPONSIBLE PARENTHOOD AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH The end does not justify the proposed means which are:  Not reliable  Not harmless  Not immediately reversible  Not inexpensive  Not respectful of every Filipino’s beliefs and moral values
  49. 49. The youth is the hope of the fatherland. -Jose RizalThis is no longer a statement. It has become a challenge...
  50. 50. What an abortifacient is -- and what it isnt by Jamie Manson | Feb. 20, 2012• The reality is that there is overwhelming scientific evidence that the IUD and Plan B work only as contraceptives.• When church officials argue that the IUD could be an abortifacient, they are relying on research from the 1970s that indicated that the IUD could affect an embryos ability to implant. Decades of research since has demonstrated that the IUD actually works much earlier in the reproductive process than once thought. It does not destroy an implanted embryo.• The most important point that emerges from all of this research is that, so far, there is no scientific evidence that any FDA-approved contraception is capable of destroying an embryo. To say that any of these drugs are abortifacient is not only misleading… – http://ncronline.org/blogs/grace-margins/what-abortifacient-and-what-it-isnt