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Perceptions of Cebuano mothers about the Reproductive Health Law

Rama, Ma. Carmila I.; Picardo, Resty L.; Aranas, Mary Ann A.

The study made use of Husserlian transcendental (descriptive) qualitative design to determine Cebuano mothers’ perceptions about the RH Law. The research was conducted in Cebu City particularly in Cebu North, Barangay Talamban. The study gathered information from eight (8) purposively chosen Cebuano mothers who have lived in Cebu City for the last six to ten years representing the different sectors: those who are college graduates, high school graduates, and those who are in church organizations. A semi-structured interview was used to gather the data. All information that was gathered from the informants were recorded. In order to analyze the data, Colaizzi's methodological way to deal with phenomenological inquiry was utilized. Based on the interviews of the informants, themes were derived that were categorized into the pros and cons of RH Law. Other themes of the study include RH Law being a population regulator, a forerunner of birth control methods and as a birth spacer. Sub-themes were also identified such as the RH Law as a promoter of artificial birth control, a solution to unwanted pregnancy and abortion, against the divine law, and a solution to poverty. ased on the findings of the study it was concluded that culture and religion play a pivotal role in influencing people to have varied, differing perceptions/perspectives. How a person puts meaning to a situation is greatly influenced by culture and religion.

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