Manila, condoms are proven effective in preventing transmission of venereal disease in unsafe sex. But for the sake of others, a region in the Philippines would restrict their use by prohibiting the sale of condoms without a prescription.
An elite named Ayala Alabang village in Metro Manila, Philippines implementing controversial regulations on the sale of condoms. On the pretext of morality and the prevention of sex behavior, the local government prohibits condoms and other contraceptives are sold freely.
Condoms are in other places can even be easily obtained through vending machines (often called a condom ATMs), in Ayala Alabang condom can only be redeemed by prescription. Name of doctor who prescribed the following names and addresses of patients who would use, must be listed clearly.
The seriousness of the rule barring condom is visible from quite severe penalties for noncompliance. Both the buyer and seller of condoms without a prescription, could be fined U.S. $ 115 or approximately USD 1 million (exchange 8.800/US $) does not include confinement for 1-6 months.
As happened also in other countries, antikondom campaign in the Philippines many called for by the conservative clergy. With support from the Catholic Church, Ayala Alabang assess condom government will only lead to premarital sex and birth of children who do not have a father.
But on the other hand, the Philippines in general is actually are facing overcrowding problems with the current population reached 94 million people. The rate of population growth in this country recorded the highest in Southeast Asia, which is about 2 percent per year.
A lawyer who represents a group of concerned women’s reproductive rights, Clara Rita Padilla Ayala Alabang oppose the government policy. He said local governments should ensure the widest possible access to contraceptives, rather than limiting.
“This policy violates the rights of reproduction because it is too limiting access to reproductive health information and contraceptive methods are legal, safe and effective,” said Padilla.
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