Reproductive Health

House to set rules for RH debate

Published by reposted only Date posted on September 22, 2009

It’s now or never for controversial bill—solons MANILA, Philippines—The leadership of the House of Representatives will meet on Tuesday to finalize the rules and procedures for the debates on the reproductive health bill in order to bring the controversial measure to a vote before the 14th Congress adjourns next year.

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What Church leaders have failed to do

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In the wake of continuing debates between pro-lifers and advocates of the controversial Lagman bill (what is euphemistically called Reproductive Health and Population Management Act, a coverup of the promotion of the use of artificial contraceptives by the State), there’s need to clarify certain points. Real issues have been beclouded.

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House determined to have vote on RH bill

Published by reposted only Date posted on September 21, 2009

MANILA, Philippines — The leadership of the House of Representatives will finalize the rules and procedures for the debates on the reproductive health bill so that voting could take place before the end of the 14th Congress, according to Majority Leader and Iloilo Representative Arthur Defensor.

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A thoughtful response to the RH bill

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A wholesale, blanket rejection of any reproductive health bill sends a message of bigotry and insensitivity. It is not a thoughtful response. It is not a Christian response. The fact is that many population and poverty issues must be addressed, and House Bill 5043—and some of its predecessors—is meant to address these issues. There is…

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Teodoro, Aquino firm despite bishops’ threat

Published by reposted only Date posted on September 20, 2009

ADVOCATES of the reproductive health bill yesterday urged Catholic bishops to stop blackmailing presidential aspirants and lawmakers into withdrawing their support for family planning.

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Bishops asked to stop distorting truth on reproductive health bill

Published by reposted only Date posted on September 19, 2009

MANILA, Philippines – Family planning advocates asked Catholic bishops yesterday to stop “distorting the truth” about the Reproductive Health Bill pending in Congress.

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Teodoro stands by pro-RH bill

Published by reposted only Date posted on September 18, 2009

MANILA, Philippines—Defense Secretary Gilberto Toedoro stood pat on his pro-reproductive health bill position, despite fears of losing the support of the church.

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‘Noynoy’ firm on support for Reproductive Health Bill

Published by reposted only Date posted on September 17, 2009

NEWLY minted presidential poll leader Sen. Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino 3rd reiterated his support for the Reproductive Health Bill, despite the risk of losing the backing of influential Catholic Church leader Ricardo Cardinal Vidal.

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Bishop tells Noynoy: Drop RH bill for Church support

Published by reposted only Date posted on September 16, 2009

Will Liberal Party standard bearer Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino bow to the Catholic bishops’ pressure on him to toe the Church line against the Reproductive Health bill which the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philppines (CBCP) claims to be anti-life and anti-family and withdraw his sponsorship of the bill in exchange for the Catholic bishops’…

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Genes blamed for early first sex

Published by reposted only Date posted on September 15, 2009

The fact that children raised in homes without a dad have sex earlier is down to their genes, say US researchers. The study tested for genetic influences as well as factors such as poverty, educational opportunities and religion.

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Cebu archbishop ‘dismayed’ with Noynoy

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MANILA – Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal on Monday said he is thinking of withdrawing support from Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III after learning that the lawmaker supports the Reproductive Health (RH) Bill.

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Sex education

Published by reposted only Date posted on September 14, 2009

Three UN agencies—Unesco, WHO, and Unicef—have been working for two years on guidelines on sex education with the aim of improving children’s awareness of sexuality in order to reduce sexually transmitted diseases as well as illegal abortions.

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House vows to hasten work on population bill

Published by reposted only Date posted on September 11, 2009

After saying there is no more time to pass a bill promoting population control, Speaker Prospero Nograles yesterday ordered Majority Leader Arthur Defensor to simplify the plenary debate to pave the way for the voting on the measure.

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A Jobs and Reproductive Health Fair – – July 11,2009

Published by reposted only Date posted on September 8, 2009

Invest in Reproductive Health Now; Invest in Life! A Jobs and Reproductive Health Fair 11 July 2009, Quezon City — The TUCP, the Reproductive Health Advocacy Network (RHAN) — a network of over 30 reproductive health and women NGOs , the Philippine Legislative Council on Population and Development Foundation (PLCPD), in cooperation with the Department…

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Call to legalize abortion

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BERLIN—A conference here made a breakthrough Sunday after delegates approved in plenary to ask the United Nations’ 179 members to legalize abortion as a mode of family planning, provide universal access to contraceptives, and uphold sex workers’ rights.

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Women’s rights on spotlight

Published by reposted only Date posted on September 4, 2009

BERLIN—Sex happens 125 million times a day, but the subject remains taboo and the issues associated with it—including abortion and contraception—remain a source of division among people with different persuasions, a conference was told here Monday.

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Why the RH bill is controversial

Published by reposted only Date posted on August 24, 2009

A law is necessary and desirable if its purpose is to promote public welfare and advance the common good. And we can be sure that this is its purpose if it is based on the truth. This is the problem with the RH bill. It is based on grounds that are not true or accurate.…

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The controversial RH Bill

Published by reposted only Date posted on August 18, 2009

For the first time, a Cabinet official of the Arroyo administration has publicly admitted that the reason why economic benefits are not trickling down to the poor is due to the country’s high population growth. Finance Secretary Gary Teves even used imagery to illustrate his point, correctly pointing out that people will just have to…

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Bishops vow to support pro-life groups opposed to Reproductive Health Bill

Published by reposted only Date posted on August 17, 2009

MANILA, Philippines – Catholic bishops have vowed to continue to support pro-life groups in opposing the passage of the controversial Reproductive Health Bill.

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100 local union leaders commit to strengthen RH advocacy

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Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) Vice President Alejandro Villaviza and TUCP Part-list Representative Raymond Democrito Mendoza welcomed the resolve of trade union leaders attending the NACUSIP / PACIWU / CIO–ALU / FLO–ALU  National Convention to pursue more aggressive action on Reproductive Health programs and services in the workplace at the company and local…

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Bishops vow to support pro-life groups opposed to Reproductive Health Bill

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MANILA, Philippines – Catholic bishops have vowed to continue to support pro-life groups in opposing the passage of the controversial Reproductive Health Bill.

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Pro-life advocates fear Magna Carta of Women may lead to abortion law

Published by reposted only Date posted on August 16, 2009

CEBU, Philippines – Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal joins calls with Iloilo Archbishop Angel Lagdameo and Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales in questioning the recently approved Magna Carta of Women.

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Priest says syndicate behind rampant sale of ‘cytotec’ in Quiapo

Published by reposted only Date posted on August 7, 2009

A big-time syndicate could be behind the rampant sale of “abortion pills,” known as cytotec, in the Quiapo area, according to a high ranking priest who urged authorities yesterday to bust the group.

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House determined to approve reproductive health bill

Published by reposted only Date posted on July 28, 2009

MANILA, Philippines – Passing the controversial reproductive health bill may be an uphill battle, but the leadership of the House of Representatives is determined to approve the measure that influential Catholic bishops have continued to block.

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Spoof and tragedy

Published by reposted only Date posted on July 27, 2009

The president is on time. Her purple gown is big and wraps her shoulders like a protective gear. She is flanked by sunglass-sporting escorts and piña-clad lawmakers. The carpet is red and waiting.

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Alleged support for RH bill called ‘wishful and fanciful’

Published by reposted only Date posted on July 15, 2009

MANILA, Philippines – The executive director of the Bishops Legislators Caucus of the Philippines (BLCP) has described as “completely wishful and fanciful” a claim attributed to Congressman Edcel Lagman saying that 130 congressmen now support the “patently unconstitutional” House Bill 5043, otherwise known as the Reproductive Health bill.

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Boholanons back Reproductive Health Bill

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MANILA, Philippines – More Filipinos are supporting the controversial Reproductive Health Bill, the Social Weather Stations (SWS) said.

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130 lawmakers now support reproductive health bill, says Lagman

Published by reposted only Date posted on July 12, 2009

MANILA, Philippines – Twenty-two more members of the House of Representatives have joined the original 108 who wanted to push for the approval of the controversial reproductive health bill in Congress that the influential Catholic church is vehemently opposing.

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Giving birth safely is a privilege of the rich

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EVERY year, 536,000 women and girls die as a result of complications during pregnancy, childbirth or the six weeks following delivery.

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Reminder: law entitles workers to free family planning services

Published by reposted only Date posted on July 10, 2009

A nationwide employers’ group has acknowledged that a lot of big companies are violating the labor code’s requirement for them to provide free family planning services to employees, and that the passage of the reproductive health bill would address this concern.

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