- The Pines City Colleges in Baguio City requires all female students of Dentistry, Nursing, and Pharmacy to undergo a mandatory pregnancy test
- Gabriela called the pregnancy test as discriminatory against women
- The school called the pregnancy test as a policy protective of their female students
Gabriela, an organization that advocates for women’s issues, decried the mandatory pregnancy tests for female students taking up Dentistry, Nursing, and Pharmacy at the Pines City Colleges (PCC) in Baguio City.
The women’s group shared on its Twitter account a copy of the memorandum from the PPC Medical Clinic that informed all Department Heads and Deans of the aforementioned colleges the schedules of the mandatory pregnancy test.
As per the memorandum, the pregnancy tests are said to be conducted in the school’s pursuit for education and social responsibility. They are scheduled for November 7, 8 and 9, 2018. A payment of P150 for the test will be added to the female students’ school fees.
“Social responsibility? This mandatory pregnancy test is discriminatory against women, violates the Magna Carta of Women, and perpetuates an old view and stigma that pregnancy is socially unacceptable and against the norm,” Gabriela tweeted.
A reproductive health advocate, Elizabeth Angsioco, also shared on Twitter the PCC Medical Clinic memo along with the school Clinicians manual.
The Policies on Pregnancy section of the Clinicians manual stated that students who are found pregnant must not enroll in certain subjects “that will endanger both mother and child.” And in case the student gets pregnant at the start or middle of the semester, she must report her condition to the Dean and has to drop said subjects and will be advised to take a leave of absence.
In a statement published on its Facebook page, the PCC said the pregnancy test is a policy protective of their students while they are in the care of the school.