Youth group: Condom distribution not exactly constitutional

Youth group: Condom distribution not exactly constitutional

MANILA, Feb. 5, 2017 – In the light of the Department of Health (DOH)’s plans to continue distribution of condoms to the youth, an international Catholic youth group released a statement saying condom distribution undermines parents’ role of forming the moral character of their children, which the Philippine Constitution expressly protects.

Citing Article II, Section 12 of the 1987 Philippine Constitution, a statement from CFC – Youth for Christ particularly noted that “'[t]he State recognizes the sanctity of family life and shall protect and strengthen the family as a basic autonomous social institution. … The natural and primary right and duty of parents in the rearing of the youth for civic efficiency and the development of moral character shall receive the support of the Government.’”

Reacting to the Duterte administration’s move to aggressively broaden access to condoms, CFC-YFC urged the government to revisit its role in helping shape the moral character of the Filipino youth.

Youth’s moral upbringing

According to the youth group, which boasts members in Canada, Australia, the U.S., Singapore, and Africa, among others, this passage of the Constitution presupposes the government’s role of reinforcing parents’ moral upbringing of their children.

“It is, therefore, the role of the government to solidify the moral upbringing of the youth by promoting and supporting the role of the parents in rearing their children, especially on matters relating to sex,” reads the document, which was released by CFC – Youth for Christ international coordinator Lawrence Quintero.

“The plan of the government to distribute condoms to students compromises the parents’ right and duty to rear their children towards the development of their moral character,” it added.

Aside from the moral aspect, the group also said the condom is a faulty method of helping curb the spread of HIV and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

More risks

“As condom distribution will encourage sexual intercourse, it will also increase the risk of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) instead of preventing it because condom use is not effective against all types of STDs,” it said. “Condoms do not protect its user against STDs affecting the outer layers of the skin like scabies infections and molluscum contagiosium, among others.”

The group, the youth ministry of Couples for Christ, also mentioned how certain scientific studies “show condom use is, after all, prone to failures that might even exacerbate the problem that it aims to address.”

“Therefore, as sexual activity increases, certain STDs will consequently have increased probability, defeating the very purpose of their plan to prevent STDs through the condom distribution,” added the statement.

The youth organization, on the other hand, championed the need to teach young people the “right values of true love, respect, and sacrifice”, saying it is possible for young people to “say no” to premarital sex.

After the Department of Education finally junked the DOH’s campaign to distribute condoms to highschool students, the health department will reportedly turn to local government units (LGUs) to continue its plans of massive condom distribution to the public. (Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz / CBCPNews)