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Pro-RH forum’s surprising ending: more doubts about the bill
MANILA, September 1, 2012 — In an unexpected turn of events, a pro-RH forum moderated by talk show host Boy Abunda last Thursday raised more questions about the validity of arguments supporting the bill instead of cementing their soundness.
In ending, the host himself, celebrity and UN Population Fund and Plan Philippines ambassador Boy Abunda, admitted he was open to “review” his pro-RH stance.
“Am I open to a review? Yes! Am I open to a discussion? Yes!”, he said as the forum drew to a close.
A highly interactive discussion with Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) students revealed that some students, at least those who asked questions during the open forum, had serious doubts about the bill.
One student asked whether the RH Bill is still needed, considering the existence of the Philippine Magna Carta of Women, which already has provisions on maternal health.
A participant also asked the forum’s panelists, student council presidents from Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Sanggunian ng mga Mag-aaral ng mga Paaralang Loyola ng Ateneo de Manila and De La Salle University (DLSU) to comment on 10,000 pending lawsuits against manufacturers of contraceptives in the US and Canada.
Another uncanny question from a psychology student of the decidedly militant PUP was whether the RH Bill would be able to form the “virtues” of young people.
After admitting that there are a lot of premises connected to the issue that merit more study, Abunda ended the forum by encouraging some 200 PUP students to learn more about the issue.
“I will not claim absolute expertise on the bill, but I am ready to talk about my pro-RH stand,” he said as he concluded the “Usapang Seksualidad” forum.
Letran Student Council President Barry Codera, DLSU Student Government Executive President Jana Cabuhat and Sanggunian ng Ateneo External Affairs Chairperson Moses Albiento were also asked to discuss their student councils’ pro-RH stands.
The “Usapang Seksualidad” forum was organized by the Forum for Family Planning and Development and KILOS-PUP.[Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz]