Former Pinoy Big Brother housemate and GirlTrends member Dawn Chang on August 28, addressed the proposed inclusion of comprehensive sex education in the higher education curriculum, saying "it's about time we face the reality" that "sex is part of life."
"Teach young children how to protect themselves instead of telling them NOT to have sex at all," she wrote on Twitter, adding that sex is not just about sexual intercourse.
"It is also discussing proper hygiene and a lot more. Children must be taught so they grow up informed," she said.
Agreeing with a Twitter user on teaching children to be smart about sex, Dawn also said that "protection is way better than abortion and/or dreams being shattered because of unplanned pregnancy."
Yup! I’m sure every single one of us has a friend who got or got someone pregnant unexpectedly. Protection is way better than abortion and/or dreams being shattered because of unplanned pregnancy. https://t.co/J7OjDIeVgj— DAWN CHANG (@thedawnchang) August 28, 2020
She also said that [sexual liberation], "with proper information and understanding," is a good thing.
Liberation with proper information and understanding is a good thing. https://t.co/OctyvZk3NL— DAWN CHANG (@thedawnchang) August 28, 2020
Dawn's series of tweets came after the Commission on Higher Education said it has no problems with including discussions on birth control in the curriculum for adolescent students (or those who are 10 to 21 years old), as long as it will only be integrated into existing subjects.
The inclusion is in accordance with the Senate Bill 1334 or the proposed Prevention of Adolescent Pregnancy Act of 2020 endorsed for plenary approval by Sen. Risa Hontiveros. Under the bill, comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) shall be a compulsory part of education "with the end goal of normalizing discussions about adolescent sexuality and reproductive health and to remove stigma from all levels."
The bill seeks to prevent teenage pregnancy and institutionalize social protection for adolescent parents. The CSE shall include topics such as human sexuality, effective contraceptive use, disease prevention, gender equality and equity, and sexual violence, among others.