Delivered by Rep. Edcel C. Lagman during the Press Conference on the Adolescent Pregnancy Bills of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and RHAN on 29 November 2022
Pregnancy should invariably be an occasion for joy. It should not elicit dread or unhappiness in the prospective mother. For most women, a pregnancy is a long-awaited dream. But for adolescent girls, it may mean the end of their dreams. What should be a source of pride becomes a brand of dishonor and disgrace for unmarried adolescents. What should be a cause for celebration and cheer becomes a basis of castigation and criticism. What should be a forecast of life becomes a foreboding of death.