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Miss Int’l PH Mariel de Leon speaks up on contraceptives, RH issues

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Miss Int’l PH Mariel de Leon speaks up on contraceptives, RH issues

/ 07:53 PM May 18, 2017
Miss International Philippines 2017, Mariel de Leon, Binibining Pilipinas 2017

The beauty queen stands up for women’s reproductive health issues. Image: Screen grab from Instagram/@mariaangelicadl

Amidst criticism, Binibining Pilipinas International 2017 Mariel de Leon has been unafraid to voice her opinion on political and social issues hounding the country.

This time, the daughter of Christopher de Leon and Sandy Andolong took to Twitter to stand up for women’s reproductive health, starting with the temporary restraining order on contraceptives in the country.

Last 2015, the Supreme Court placed a temporary restraining order on the certification of contraceptives, barring birth control products from the country and its women.

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Reproductive health advocates warned that the country could run out of contraceptives by 2020.

“What will you do when they’re all gone?” she asked. “Let’s take our bodies back.”

She brought up a slew of hormonal conditions women face that only birth control pills are able to address:

According to the Mayo Clinic, PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) is a condition where small cysts grow in a woman’s ovaries. This leads to hormonal imbalances which affects fertility and can lead to more serious health problems, such as diabetes and heart disease.

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She also voiced concern on women having a choice in family planning:

De Leon tagged the Supreme Court Twitter account @SCPh_PIO in her tweets, but hasn’t received a response. She also called out those who claim to be pro-life:

When a pro-life youth group claimed that contraceptives were harmful, she retweeted a netizen’s response:

Netizens had mixed reactions, with some questioning her stand:

However, she was also praised for being intelligent and brave:

Recently, she drew flak when she opposed the decision of President Rodrigo Duterte to appoint dancer and blogger Mocha Uson to the Presidential Communications Operations Office. She has since deleted the tweets, but reiterated that she would use her beauty queen status to help bring change to the country. Niña V. Guno/JB

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