Reproductive health bill


There have been members of parliament or senate throwing tantrums over the proposed reproductive health bill. Their argument has been as senator Musila said

it was against the country’s education policies and preferences

that is in a country where study after study show that teens are having just as much sex as the adults and every year during exam time we hear of pregnant candidates both in primary and secondary schools.

He continued to say,

Sexual abstinence should be the key HIV and anti-pregnancy message at schools. We can provide information about condoms and where to get them, but they should not be distributed in schools

and I don’t know his problem. But I suspect it is the slippery slope argument usually advanced by prohibitionists of whatever stripe. If they are having sex already, what is the danger in providing them with the necessary protection? Which would they rather prefer, hiding behind the cover of morality, that they have sex without protection and no access to contraceptives get pregnant or STDs or they have access to these things.

I decided to read the bill to see why these noisemakers were making so much of it.

Part 6 of the bill deals with reproductive health of adolescents[ who were defined as being between ages 11 and 17]. stipulates

33. (1) The Cabinet Secretary for health shall consultation with the Board facilitate the provision adolescent friendly reproductive health services.
(2) In the provision of reproductive health services to adolescents, parental consent is not mandatory.
(3) Despite sub-section (2) above, nothing prevents a health care provider from whom reproductive health services are sought by an adolescent, from referring the adolescent to a qualified person for provision of the necessary services

the bill continues to stipulate further

34. (l) The Board is consultation with government institutions and other bodies shall-
(a) facilitate the provision to of adolescent- friendly reproductive health and sexual health information and education;
(b) facilitate the provision to adolescents of confidential, comprehensive, non-judgmental and affordable reproductive health services;
(c) develop policies to protect adolescents from physical and sexual violence and discrimination including cultural practices that violate the reproductive health rights of the adolescents; and

(d) facilitate adolescents access to information, comprehensive sexuality education and confidential services.

As you can see from the above, unless I have been blind in my reading of the bill, for this is the section that deals with reproductive health of adolescents, there is no where in the bill that forces teachers, as the MPs would want you to believe, to distribute condoms in a maths class. Musila and his ilk want us to believe parents can offer sex education to their children. In many cases parents are unable to breach this subject with their young ones. I don’t remember my parents having this talk with me and I know this happens to many children.

These MPigs and senators opposed to the bill should stop hiding behind the veil of morality and say what it is they are opposed to. It can’t be sex education.

If there is anything that guarantees power, it is to have and be able to use  knowledge. In 1984 George Orwell wrote

He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.

and such is the power of knowledge. It is absurd that anyone in his right mind in this day and age would be opposed to sex education for their children, lessons they will not receive at home nor in church where most of them go.

Here is the draft bill currently before to the house. One would hope it wasn’t idiots politicians having to debate them before they are assented to by the clown.

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As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

15 thoughts on “Reproductive health bill

  1. Mordanicus says:

    Providing condoms at public places at school, is the only sound policy for the prevention of abortion and unwanted pregnancies and all resulting social problems.

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  2. themodernidiot says:

    You say it is absurd that anyone should oppose sex education for children, but then imply that parental neglecting it is acceptable? Just need to clarify that.

    As far as the way the law is written, it is not explicit that teachers Will distribute condoms, but it leaves it open so that teachers Can do so. Seems to be the conservative sticking point.

    There is nothing at all wrong with teaching abstinence, it would not hurt to promote it. But the hang up is that people think condoms are a public approval of underage sex. I assume that’s why parents won’t educate their children; it is all so taboo (which actually increases the appeal to children). Then there’s the religious fight. We drag it through the mud here still.

    Frankly, on a continent that has to worry so much about HIV, and now Ebola, sex or no, y’all should be wrapping each other in plastic from head to toe until that stuff is gone!

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    • makagutu says:

      I don’t imply that parental neglecting is acceptable, am only saying most parents don’t and as such teachers are best placed to teach them. Besides school going youth spend more time at school than at home.

      I don’t object to teaching abstinence. If they are already having sex I think they should be safe while at it.

      I find your last paragraph hilarious but yes we should be seriously covered. If screening is done well, we should be free of ebola this side of the world. At the moment it afflicts west africa only.

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      • themodernidiot says:

        Ah, very good. Thank you for clarifying for me 🙂

        I agree, safety is the priority. Can’t stop sex.

        Oh how I hope you are right about the viruses, my friend. I really do worry. With today’s travel technology, the world is a much smaller place.

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  3. Years ago my parents failed to educate me about sex. As did my school. I went out with a condom in my bag. Same one for ages, sadly 😀

    The UK has always had a high rate of teen pregnancies. It’s a complex issue. Welfare benefits, adult status, peer group pressure, patriarchal perceptions, while we are tackling those, dishing out condoms can’t harm.

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    • makagutu says:

      I think the legislators ignore the fact that there are many parents who do not teach their children about sex. There are cultures where sex is a taboo subject. How would a parent in such a place even attempt to address the topic with their children?
      We must fight ignorance and while at it, ensure those already having sex are safe.

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  4. Arkenaten says:

    Similar story down south , Mak.

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