It is all about the reproductive health and population management. It deals more on population control in the country. The bill is strongly recognize by the government and almost ready to be proclaim as one of the bill of the country. But, there are some objections from religious preference that hinders the proclamation specially the roman catholic church of the country.
Health care After 14 years of struggle, the Reproductive Health Bill has finally been passed into law! Philippine President Benigno Simeon Aquino III quietly signed the bill into law last December 21,four days away before Christmas — for me the best Christmas gift for Filipino women and youth especially us RH advocates who were tireless in our efforts to lobby, dialogue, march on the streets and campaign for the passage of the RH Bill into a law.
The road for passing the RH Law was not easy. Strong opposition coming from the Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines has long delayed the Reproductive health billrh bill essay of the law.
Way back then, legislators from Congress and Senate under the administration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo were dominated by conservative Anti-RH representatives. Macapagal-Arroyo herself promoted an abstinence-only program during her 9-year tenure as president.
Ever since I was involved with RH advocacy back inI have observed that our movement has grown bigger and stronger.
Young people have become more involved and have since been in the forefront of the movement. Women especially mothers have aired out their concerns of having a limited options for them in status quo.
The deaths of 11 Filipino women a day due to pregnancy and child birth complications according to UNFPA makes the bill a necessity if not urgent. Joaquin Bernas have lent their name and prestige in promoting awareness and discourse on the issues of the RH Bill.
The administration of President Aquino bolstered our hopes that the bill will become a law when at the very start of his election campaign; he promised that he will support the RH Bill.
Although there were times when he seems to be bowing to the pressure of the Catholic Church, his determination to deliver his election promises equaled with our vigilance to hold him accountable to his promises triumphed at the end of the day.
It would be the second time in Philippine history that the government defied the Catholic Church since the Rizal Law which makes me feel happy that a government like President Aquino can stand up for the general good and welfare of the Filipino people. Not talking about the Anti-RH does not give justice to the struggles and the gain we had right now.
They have their own reasons to oppose the bill and I respect it. In a controversial measure like RH Bill, we have expected a lot of opposition to it.
Although opposition to the bill can be a major obstacle, we welcome them because it sparks discourse and intellectual discussion which benefits the people at the end of the day for it guides them in making their own informed decision.
Photo taken on December 19, at the Senate plenary. At the end of the day, an inevitable showdown of numbers happened. Last Decemberthe members of the House of Representatives having reached a quorum decided to vote on whether or not to terminate the Period of Amendments for the bill and pass it for the Second Reading.
Pro-RH gained the needed votes to pass the bill for second reading during the first round of voting. A close fight ensued as the second round of voting was declared. With votes for the RH, against, and 4 abstain the bill was passed for Second Reading.
Finally, on December 17, both Senate and House of Representatives voted in their respective chambers with in the Senate in favor of the bill and in the House of Representatives in favor also of the bill.
After its ratification, it was presented to the President for his signature. At this point, even if Mr. Aquino does not sign it, it will become law after 15 days.
By the way, it may not be the perfect RH Law that one aspires about because of some compromises that it had to give such as teaching Comprehensive Sexuality Education not compulsory in private schools among others but hey, it is still an achievement.
Priority is given to teaching it to public schools where the bulk of students go to get their education. We can remedy that. What is more important right now is to be involve in crafting the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the RH Law which will serve as guide on how the law will be implemented and of course, the full implementation of the law when it take effect.
Therefore, the resulting law is a product of this painstaking process and is a democratic compromise. After rigorous debates that lasted until the late hours of the evening, Congress finally approved the historic bill in despite lobbying from the Catholic Church.
Soon after President Benigno Aquino III signed it into law, a total of 15 petitions questioning its constitutionality was lodged before the Supreme Court by mostly Catholic groups. Justices ended oral arguments for the RH law in Augustbut Belmonte said the arguments raised during the SC debates had already been addressed in the debates in Congress.
Therefore, the anti-RH argument is now a minority view. SC ends RH law arguments; what happens now?Today, the struggle of RH advocates still continues for the passage of a comprehensive reproductive health bill.
House Bill or "The Responsible Parenthood, Reproductive Health and Population and Development Act of " is the most recent version of a reproductive health . RH Bill assures the availability and access to a full range of methods, techniques, supplies and services that contribute to reproductive and sexual health and well-being.
With these, our number will become manageable and eventually, our country will be in progress. A paper on the Reproductive Health Bill in Philippines 1.
Introduction As of , Philippines has a population of ,, people, making it the twelfth most populated country in the world. There are presently two bills with the same goals: House Bill No. 96 or the Reproductive Health Act and Population and Development Act of introduced by Albay 1st district representative Edcel Lagman, and Senate Bill No.
or the Reproductive Health Act introduced by . This essay discusses the most controversial bill in the Philippines at present. The measure is entitled “An Act Providing for a Comprehensive Policy on Responsible Parenthood, Reproductive Health and Population and Development”, more popularly known as the “RH bill”.
. The reproductive health bill is being passed through the senate and the congress to be finalized and to be legalized. It is all about the reproductive health and population management. It deals more on population control in the country.