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Pinapayagan na ba ang Aborsyon sa RH Law?

By ResidentPatriot on April 19, 2013

Hindi pa rin tapos ang isyu ng Reproductive Health Bill na naging batas na sana pero pinipigilan pa rin hanggang ngayon ng Korte Supreme.

Malaking isyu ito ngayong halalan dahil kina-categorize ng Katolikong Simbahan ang mga kandidatong Pro-RH Bill as Team Patay at ang mga Anti-RH Bill as Team Buhay.

May mga nagtatanong sa akin kung pwede na ba ang aborsyon sa bagong batas na ito. Ganun? Ako talaga ang tinanong?
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Rhythm Calendar = Team Patay

Details Published on Wednesday, 03 April 2013 00:00 Written by DAHLI ASPILLERA

Poor women relying on the Romano Fertility Rhythm Calendar have too many unwanted, unplanned pregnancies. They are regular clients of back-street illegal abortionists.’

MANY of my relatives and friends, mass-going, communion-taking devout romanos, in fact have always used condoms, IUD, vasectomy, tubal ligation, contraceptives (not abortifacients, which are illegal and cannot be prescribed by physicians; are unavailable except from herbal quacks).

Because the well-off can afford to buy dependable means to space their pregnancies, they never have to seek illegal abortionists. The only romanos who must seek the services of abortionists are impoverished women who have no money for food, much less for expensive commercial contraceptives.

Without money for contraceptives, poor women have to believe in the priests’ Fertility Rhythm Calendar. These women, raped by a husband, resulting in repeated unwanted and unplanned pregnancy. These poor women are the regulars at the illegal abortionists.
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Free Birth Control Cuts Abortion Rate by 62 Percent

Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior WriterDate: 04 October 2012 Time: 05:00 PM ET

Providing free, reliable birth control to women could prevent between 41 percent and 71 percent of abortions in the United States, new research finds.

In a study published today (Oct. 4) in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology, researchers provided free methods of reversible, reliable contraception to more than 9,000 teens and women in the St. Louis area. They found that the program reduced the abortion rate among these women by 62 percent to 78 percent.

“The impact of providing no-cost birth control was far greater than we expected in terms of unintended pregnancies,” lead author Jeff Peipert, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Washington University School of Medicine, said in a statement. “We think improving access to birth control, particularly IUDs [intrauterine devices] and [hormone] implants, coupled with education on the most effective methods, has the potential to significantly decrease the number of unintended pregnancies and abortions in this country.”

The findings have implications for public policy, especially given that President Obama’s health-care plan requires employers to offer plans that include birth control coverage. This requirement has been a point of controversy in the lead-up to the 2012 election.
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Increasing Contraception Reduces Abortion

Complex relationship between contraception and induced abortion grows clearer.

Network: 2002, Vol. 21, No. 4

Recent studies offer strong evidence of a widely supposed but difficult-to-demonstrate benefit of reproductive health services: that increasing the use of effective contraception leads to declines in induced abortion rates.

“It is something people have assumed all along, but it is very hard, for a number of reasons, to show that increasing contraception reduces abortion,” says Dr. Julie DaVanzo, director of the U.S.-based RAND’s Population Matters Project and a coauthor of studies on the relationship between family planning and abortion in Bangladesh and Russia.

Dr. DaVanzo notes that this challenge is becoming easier with the availability of more accurate, reliable data, including data from a number of countries on trends in contraceptive use and abortion during the 1990s.

The most striking examples of declines in abortion associated with increased use of effective contraception are found in the states of the former Soviet Union and Eastern and Central Europe, where abortion rates dropped by 25 percent to 50 percent during the past decade.1 Strong data linking lower abortion rates with better access to high-quality family planning services and greater contraceptive use come from a study in Bangladesh that is one of the few to address the question through an experimental design.2

The results of such studies can help dispel misconceptions about the relationship between family planning and abortion. They can also help policy-makers, program managers, and providers identify ways to improve reproductive health services.

Demonstrating that increased contraceptive use leads to fewer abortions is particularly important in countries where unsafe abortion poses a serious threat to women’s health and survival. Unsafe abortion claims the lives of almost 80,000 women every year. It causes 13 percent of all maternal mortality worldwide and as much as 60 percent of maternal deaths in some countries.3 Life-threatening complications occur in about a third of women undergoing an unsafe abortion.4
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From Abortion to Contraception

July 20, 2012, 7:07 AM

By HALEY SWEETLAND EDWARDS

TBILISI — Eka, a short brunette with brown eyes highlighted by green eyeliner, is by several measures the average Georgian woman. She has a high-school degree, a job, a husband, two children, and at age 30, has had, over the course of her eight years of married life, four abortions.

“It’s a reality in Georgia,” Eka told me over coffee on Wednesday. She said that “almost everyone” she knows has had at least two abortions.

Indeed, a 2005 survey on reproductive health in Georgia [pdf.] found that women here had on average 3.1 abortions in their lifetimes — a number that at the time earned Georgia the dubious honor of having the highest documented abortion rate in the world. (The rate in the United States today is .02.) The situation since then has improved considerably. According to a 2010 survey, Georgian women were having on average only 1.6 abortions in their lifetimes — a 48 percent decline over five years earlier.

Why the remarkable drop? The simple answer is that women in Georgia finally got the pill. That’s largely thanks to a campaign funded by U.S.A.I.D. and the United Nations Population Fund (U.N.F.P.A.) that educates doctors and nurses here, markets birth control on television and subsidizes the cost of condoms, pills and I.U.D.s.

This is a development success story that underscores a simple truth: more contraception equals fewer abortions.


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Prof. Winnie Monsod: Sex Education Needed to Curb Abortions

May 1, 2012 12:19pm

Sex education for women is one urgent solution to the growing number of abortions in the country, Prof. Winnie Monsod argued in the closing remarks of her show “Bawal ang Pasaway kay Mareng Winnie,” which aired last April 11.

Despite 12 percent of maternal mortalities in the country being abortion-related, and over 400,000 Filipino women undergoing abortions in the year 2000 alone, sex education remains unavailable to many Filipino women. Esther, a woman interviewed on the show, did not know until she was 29 years old that there were modern contraceptive methods available to her. Before that, she had two illegal and unsafe abortions for unintended pregnancies.

“We know it’s a sin, and it’s illegal. It’s a crime in the eyes of the law. It’s a crime in the eyes of God. So we have to ask, why do they continue to do it?” asked Prof. Monsod.

According to a paper authored by individual faculty of the Ateneo de Manila University, 72 percent of women who underwent abortions said that they could not afford to raise another child. Another 57 percent said that their pregnancies occurred too soon after the last one, and 54 percent said they already had enough children. Moreover, 13 percent of women who underwent abortions said that their pregnancies were result of forced sex.
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What an Abortifacient is — and What it isn’t

by Jamie L Manson on Feb. 20, 2012 Grace on the Margins

“One of the well known truisms in ethics is that good moral judgments depend in part on good facts.”

So wrote Dr. Ron Hamel, senior director of ethics for the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA) in the January-February 2010 issue of their journal Health Progress.

This edition of Health Progress focused on emergency contraception, particularly on the just treatment of women who check into hospital emergency rooms after suffering rape.

The ethicists and medical professionals who contributed to the journal could not have known then how valuable their articles would become two years later, when the church and country would become embroiled in a controversy over contraception.

Hamel’s words about the importance of adequate and accurate information in making moral judgments seems especially urgent now as many church leaders and commentators continue to use misleading information to argue that the HHS mandate will force employers to pay for abortion-inducing drugs.

The HHS mandate allows women free access to all FDA-approved forms of contraception. This includes the IUDs (intrauterine devices), the drug Plan B (levonorgestrel) and a new drug called Ella (ulipristal acetate), which came on the market in 2010. Church officials and others have argued that because these three contraceptives are abortifacients, the government is forcing them to participate in the distribution of devices and drugs that cause abortion.

The reality is that there is overwhelming scientific evidence that the IUD and Plan B work only as contraceptives. Since Ella is new to the market, it has not been studied as extensively. But as of now, there is no scientific proof that Ella acts as an abortifacient, either.
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