Reproductive Health

P2B for reproductive health remains untapped

Published by reposted only Date posted on July 8, 2009

MANILA, Philippines — Close to P2 billion allocated for last year’s reproductive health programs in the country remained untapped, a health official said Wednesday.

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Developing world faces age crisis

Published by reposted only Date posted on July 3, 2009

New research warns of a population time bomb for developing nations as the ratio of elderly people rises faster than in the industrialised world.

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AN URGENT CALL FOR THE PASSAGE OF A NATIONAL REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH POLICY NOW!

Published by anna Date posted on July 1, 2009

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH SAVES LIVES Ten (10) Filipino women die daily due to pregnancy and childbirth-related causes. Three (3) out of four (4) of these women who die are aged 15-19 years old. The big majority of those who die are poor women. Reproductive Health aims to save the lives of women enabling them to prevent…

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UP profs support RH Bill 5043

Published by reposted only Date posted on June 27, 2009

Twenty-six faculty members, including former deans of the University of the Philippines College of Law, recently issued a statement of support for House Bill 5043, or the “Reproductive Health and Population and Development Act of 2009.” The signatories are the third group of academicians and professionals who have expressed support for the passage of the…

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Relax sick leave rules, prevent flu — TUCP

Published by reposted only Date posted on June 19, 2009

MANILA, Philippines — As more and more people contract the Influenza A(H1N1) virus, the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) called on employers to relax their sick leave rules to encourage staff members to stay at home if they develop flu symptoms.

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Against the odds

Published by reposted only Date posted on June 15, 2009

Monday, June 8. Three days after Congress went on its mid-year recess. Over lunch, Ernesto Almocera Jr., program manager for the Center for Advocacy and Policy Development of the Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development Foundation Inc., and Roda Avila, Secretary General of the Democratic Socialist Women of the Philippines, make no secret of…

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False premises

Published by reposted only Date posted on May 25, 2009

Another dubious purpose of the RH bill is to check the alleged alarming increase in our population. The bill uses “population management’ instead of the coercive sounding “population control” to make it more agreeable and acceptable. But whatever it is called, it is based on false and misleading premises.

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Right to choose vs right to life

Published by reposted only Date posted on May 22, 2009

The most common ground cited for the passage of the RH bill is the alleged need for family planning of couples especially the poor. For this purpose, the proponents say it is necessary for them particularly the women to be properly informed of their sexual and reproductive health rights and to have access to reproductive…

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Foreign businessmen bat for family planning bill

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MANILA, Philippines – Foreign businessmen are urging the Senate and the House of Representatives to approve the reproductive health and family planning bill, a move that will help address the poverty and unemployment issues of the country.

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Obama seeks ‘common ground’ on abortion

Published by editor Date posted on May 18, 2009

SOUTH BEND — President Barack Obama sought “common ground” in the culture war over abortion, in a politically thorny address Sunday at one of the top Catholic universities in the United States.

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Reproductive health is abortion

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Our legislators should be convinced by now to push aside and junk the pending RH Bill. Otherwise they will appear to have been deceived or pressured on a grand scale by foreign countries and international organizations; or blinded by the piercing glitter of gold.

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‘Last big push’ for the Reproductive Health Bill

Published by reposted only Date posted on May 16, 2009

The phrase “last big push” graphically denotes a woman’s pushing a baby out of her womb. It is, too, the apt title of a forum held in Cebu City pushing for the passage of the Reproductive Health Bill that is pending in the Senate and the House. The initiative was organized by the Democratic Socialist…

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Reduce maternal deaths, UNICEF urges RP

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United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) representatives in the Philippines is urging the Department of Health (DoH) to intensify its efforts in improving reproductive and maternal health services in order to reduce the number of mothers dying during pregnancy and childbirth as well as improve the survival rate of newborns in the country.

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European Union prods RP government on reproductive health

Published by reposted only Date posted on May 15, 2009

MANILA, Philippines – The European Union (EU) is prodding the government to make reproductive health (RH) more accessible to the people.

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RP not a good place for mothers, says US study

Published by reposted only Date posted on May 10, 2009

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines has placed 42nd in the rank of places not good for mothers to live in, according to a study by a US-based organization.

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RH bill passage to overcome poverty, says EU envoy

Published by reposted only Date posted on May 9, 2009

The passage of the Reproductive Health bill would boost the Philippines’ fight against poverty, Ambassador Alistair MacDonald of the Delegation of the European Commission in the Philippines said.

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Infringing sovereignty

Published by reposted only Date posted on May 8, 2009

Reactions to my articles on anti-life, anti-family measures like “reproductive health”, “reproductive rights”, family planning, population control and the use of artificial contraceptives vary from total agreement to conditional support, to critical rejection or indignant disapproval. This is alright. Freedom of expression or free exchange of views, ideas and beliefs is the essence of democracy.…

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Women’s agency under Palace backs Reproductive Health Bill

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The government office that acts as advisory board to the President on matters regarding the advancement of women yesterday expressed its support for the Reproductive Health (RH) Bill, believing that “God would understand” a couple’s family planning choice.

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Contraceptives hard-to-come-by for impoverished women

Published by reposted only Date posted on May 4, 2009

Ask 46-year-old Filipino woman how many children she has. “Ten,” said the woman, who asked not to be identified. “But I was supposed to have only six,” she added, snapping in a breath.

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Contraceptive prevalence rate going up–NSO

Published by reposted only Date posted on April 28, 2009

Morality rate of children under five declining   MORE than half of Filipino married women used some form of contraceptives last year, the National Statistics Office (NSO) reported Monday. According to the preliminary results of the 2008 National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS), the agency said 51 percent of the married women in the Philippines…

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More Filipinas using contraceptives

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THE number of married Filipinas using contraceptives is increasing while the incidence of infant mortality in the Philippines is declining, the National Statistics reported yesterday.

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RP population growth seen outpacing SEA peers

Published by reposted only Date posted on April 24, 2009

THE Philippines’ population growth rate will continue to outpace its Southeast Asian neighbors, according to the World Bank.In its World Development Indicator 2009 Report, the Washington-based lender said the Philippines’ population would grow at an annual average of 1.7 percent until 2015, hitting 101 million by that year.This is faster than Indonesia’s 1 percent, Malaysia’s…

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Pseudo reproductive health

Published by reposted only Date posted on April 20, 2009

The backers of the RH bill have again strutted out statistics from a policy research organization based in New York, U.S.A. The report allegedly covers a study on women’s contraceptive needs in the Philippines showing that 4,600 mothers and 52,000 babies died in the country last year from unwanted pregnancies and birth related causes. Of…

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Contraceptives save women’s lives

Published by reposted only Date posted on April 16, 2009

A new report from the Guttmacher Institute and the University of the Philippines Population Institute reveals that low levels of contraceptive use in the Philippines result in high rates of unintended pregnancy and a broad range of negative consequences for women, their families and the national health care system.

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Unwanted pregnancies caused 52,000 baby deaths in RP last year – study

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MANILA, Philippines – Some 2,600 mothers and 52,000 babies died in the country last year due to lack of sexual and reproductive health knowledge, a leading New York-based policy research group revealed in a study.

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RH advocates ask Palace: What and who is moral?

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This is a reaction to The Times “Special Report: The Church and Human Life” article “Mala-cañang’s pro-Life stand mainly a matter of morals” published April 12, 2009, reported by Angelo S. Samonte.

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What the church teaches: John Paul II and Benedict XVI

Published by reposted only Date posted on April 12, 2009

Pope Benedict XVI and the late Pope John Paul II both zealously and untiringly taught the Church’s stand on the dignity of human life.

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CBCP: Stand up for the Gospel of Life

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This is the pastoral statement of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on the Reproductive Health bill pending in Congress:

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Malacañang’s pro-Life stand mainly a matter of morals

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The first and main reason for President Gloria Arroyo’s and her Cabinet’s pro-Life stand in support of the Roman Catholic Church’s position is morals and ethics.

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Older men have aging sperm

Published by reposted only Date posted on March 29, 2009

Men may feel younger than their age, but their sperm isn’t fooled. Increasing age in men is associated with a number of significantly worse reproductive outcomes, according to several studies presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine annual meeting.

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