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FALSE: Law prohibits girls under 18 to be in a relationship

As of May 7, 2021, there is no Philippine law for preventing teenage pregnancies that says girls are not allowed to be in a relationship if they are below 18 years

5/9/2021 7:37:00 PM

FactCheck: As of May 7, 2021, there is no Philippine law for preventing teenage pregnancies that says girls are not allowed to be in a relationship if they are below 18 years.

As of May 7, 2021, there is no Philippine law for preventing teenage pregnancies that says girls are not allowed to be in a relationship if they are below 18 years

At a glanceClaim:The law states that girls below 18 years of age are not allowed to be in relationships in order to prevent teenage pregnancies.Rating:FALSEThe facts:There is no law that states this in the Philippines. Lawmakers are working to raise the age of sexual consent from 12 to 16 years old, as well as prevent teenage pregnancy and protect teenage parents. However, these do not ban relationships for women under 18.

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Why we fact-checked this:A number of versions of this post are circulating on Facebook in the Philippines and were flagged by the platform’s fact-checking tool as possibly misleading. These have been shared around 7,356 times collectively since they were posted on Thursday, May 6.

Complete detailsA number of Facebook posts say that, according to the law, girls under the age of 18 are not allowed to be in relationships in order to prevent teenage pregnancies. The posts do not state the exact law that says this.These posts were emailed to Rappler for verification and flagged by Facebook’s fact-checking tool as potentially misleading. The tool also said they were circulating in the Philippines. They have been shared around 7,356 times collectively since they were posted on Thursday, May 6. headtopics.com

This claim is false.There is no law for preventing teenage pregnancy that prohibits women under 18 to be in relationships in the Philippines. TheResponsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law, which ensures access to free contraception, reproductive health services at public hospitals, and sex education in public schools does not mandate this.

There are also bills pending in Congress about child marriage, raising the age of sexual consent, and preventing teenage pregnancy. Bills need to be passed in the House and the Senate, and require the concurrence of the President in order to be enacted.

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