I didn’t even imagine we could come as far as the 18th edition. And there’s more of us now! It seems that health care practitioners are finally catching the blogging bug. As we grow in numbers, I think it is expected that we become recognized as the voice of health care practitioners in the vast dominion of cyberspace and it’ll be helpful if we take advantage of this and speak out our minds about the different issues in the society that involves our profession.
One of the more hotly debated issues in the country nowadays is the proposed Reproductive Health Care Act, authored and sponsored by Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman and Iloilo Rep. Janette Garin, a physician herself. It would make optional sex education in grade 5 up to high school and provision of artificial family planning methods, especially for those who may choose to use it. For the lawmakers, the bill would provide the freedom of choice in terms of which family planning method to use and that it would also save more lives. But the Catholic Church has fought strongly against the passage of the said bill as it is, according to them, immoral and unconstitutional and have accused government officials of manipulating the less fortunate and being irresponsible legislators. See here for the latest news article on the said proposed bill.
Do you think it’s about time that we strengthen reproductive health care programs in the country through widespread dissemination of information about sexual and reproductive health and to provide for both artificial and natural family planning methods? Or are our government officials pushing it too far that it borders on the immoral and the unconstitutional? Are we really overpopulated that we need some measure of population control? Would a mandatory sex education classes in the adolescents help in improving overall reproductive health of the country?
As physicians, I want you to share your views on this. And so the theme of TBR’s 18th Edition will be: The State of Reproductive Health Care in the Philippines
For those who will participate, you have until September 2, Tuesday, 12 noon, to submit links to your blog posts. You could simply leave a comment here at this blog post or send me an email at tesstermulo[at]gmail[dot]com. Write “The Blog Rounds Submission” as title of the email. Please state the title of your blog post and maybe a little summary.
I hope we’ll have a lot of entries next week. Also, it’s my birthday next week . The connection with TBR? None really. I just want to have a nice roundup of medical blog posts, lots of discussions, and hopefully, we’ll be able to come up with something and be heard.