POSITION PAPER OF THE PHILIPPINE MEDICAL ASSOCIATION ON THE PROPOSED REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH BILL
THE PHILIPPINE MEDICAL ASSOCIATION supports the REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE BILL
However, the rights of physicians to do what is best medically for their patients, the right to informed choice of the people, the freedom of religion, the right of the people to health services and proper health education shall be respected and emphasized at all times and no censure or penalty of whatever kind or nature shall be imposed on the exercise of said rights.
The government must set up on a national level emergency obstetrical care and provide facilities for maternity/pediatric cases with access to blood bank. Information on the scope of reproductive health like fertility, contraception, abortion, reproductive tract infections, cancer risks and immunizations must be made available to the people.
The Philippine Medical Association does not endorse making contraceptive devices/services available in schools. The government should instead provide for properly educated reproductive health personnel who will give age-appropriate information and counseling. The age of adolescence must be defined.
The Philippine Medical Association does not support compulsory family size. The better alternative is for the government to inform the people of the advantages of an adequate family size taking into consideration the income, values and religious affiliation of the people concerned.
Being a major stakeholder on health issues and being the mother association of all medical societies in the Philippines, a representative of the Philippine Medical Association must be included in the proposed composition of the POPCOM.