Lea Salonga slams Ayala Alabang ordinance on contraceptives

Tony award-winning actress Lea Salonga has said she was "instantly outraged" upon reading the Barangay Ayala Alabang ordinance that requires residents to present prescriptions to buy condoms and contraceptive pills, among other provisions.

Salonga, a resident of Ayala Alabang and supporter of the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) Bill, blogged about the ordinance on February 24, according to ABS-CBN News.

In her blog entry entitled "You Don’t Have Any Business Having Sex Part 1," she wrote, "What right, constitutional or otherwise, does another human being, plus an entire barangay, have to what I practice in the privacy of my bedroom?"

She added, "No one has a say in how my husband (Rob Chien) and I express ourselves sexually, or what contraceptive measures we decide to employ or not to employ. I detest being told what to do, in general... even more so when it comes to something as personal and as private as this."

Salonga also said she supports RH measures "that will provide reproductive care and services (and under certain circumstances, products) for our poorer countrymen."

She noted that "there is a lot about the current incarnation of the bill that makes it imperfect." She said, "I’m on the fence about the government funding and distributing actual contraceptive products, or anything landing in the hands of government employees."

Still, she said the Philippines "absolutely needs" an RH measure. "Rational dialogue between everyone affected by the bill still needs to take place in order for it to be as perfect as it can be. People going against it because of a few controversial paragraphs isn’t enough of a reason to push it down completely. It’s like throwing out the baby with the bathwater."

For more on this story, log on to ABS-CBN News and LeaSalonga.com.

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