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Support Reproductive Health Bill to become a Law in the Philippines

To: Philippine Congress
We are seriously disturbed that more than 10 Filipino women die every day due to pregnancy and childbirth-related complications. The big majority of those who die are poor women at the prime of their lives.

We are alarmed that 29 out of 1,000 infants die due to various sickness and illnesses that are preventable and curable.

We are troubled that 4.9 million Filipino youth, aged 15-27 are sexually active but programs that would ensure their safety and help them become more responsible in dealing with their sexuality and relationships are severely lacking. Especially worrisome is the fact that 1 out of 5 female teenagers get pregnant before they reach their 20th birthday.

These are just a few of the problems in the midst of the ongoing economic crisis, escalating poverty, and the ever-increasing prices of basic commodities and services. Moreover, the Philippine population grows unabated with almost 2 million individuals added every year. Researches consistently show that poverty is more prevalent among big families compared to smaller ones.

The acute lack of services and information regarding reproductive health:

* results in the untimely death of women and children;
* is the reason why our youth are largely unprepared to deal with matters pertaining to their sexuality and relationships; and
* exacerbates the effects of economic crisis and poverty on millions of ordinary Filipinos, especially those with big families.

We believe that Filipinos, particularly the poor, urgently need access to information and services that will address their reproductive health needs.

We believe that a rights-based, comprehensive, and responsive reproductive health law will help empower Filipinos to achieve a better quality of life.

We firmly believe that the passage of the Reproductive Health Bill into law will help actualize people’s, especially women’s rights to make informed decisions.

Therefore, we call on our legislators to pass the Reproductive Health Bill into law now.

Sincerely,

The Undersigned

Comments

everlyrose's picture

I support it 100%

count me in

Solvitur ambulando
(it is solved by walking)

Dear Katea,

May we able to get the number we want to get to pass the Reproductive Health bill in our congress.Let's continue our fighting !

katea's picture

Thank you.

Everly Rose and Adelma,
Thank you for signing up. Please do forward this link to your friends so we can get more support. We can do this!

Poverty is man-made that we can undo.

ikirimat's picture

You have my total support

You are right. But have a strategy which will operationalise/enforce these laws. There is one thing to pass a law and other thing to ensure that RH services are available to all. This should be handled concurently.
Otherwise good initiative.

Grace Ikirimat

"It takes the hammer of persistence to drive the nail of success."


katea's picture

Thank you!

I agree with you!

Poverty is man-made that we can undo.

I fully support passing your Reproductive Health Bill. I am in Chicago suburbs in U.S. I cry for the girls and women there who do not have these rights, and thus have multiple problems, and feel helpless.

One of Many's picture

Absolutely !

Dear Katea:

Thank you for this incredibly well-written and to-the-point letter to your government. I wish I could have signed on my support to your project, but saw that to do so, I would have to be Filipino.

Do you want to amass a list of signers from around the world?

Your points are excellent -- I regret the fact that this situation is true around the world, and in the United States there is limited access to reproductive education and access to contraception. Teen pregnancy is an incredibly potent risk factor for low education, single parenting, low income, and a host of other conditions that make it hard for the children and their mothers to have a satisfying and healthy life.

Grace Ikirimat's point is excellent -- any law or proclamation has to be enforced. And I will add that it must be funded.

Bless you and your project.

Anna

Speaking my Peace

katea's picture

Update on RH Bill

Thank you all for the support especially the latest ones WorldCare and Anna. Just yesterday, I posted on my facebook an article on the national paper in the Philippines, where Bishops once again came out with their pastoral letters addressed to their flock, that is, their Catholic parishoners, to oppose the Reproductive Health Bill. My mum this morning told me about the Catholic mass which she attended where the priest read the letter in lieu of the sermon.

I am currently in Spain doing my studies in Women's Rights and Gender and that's why I campaign through the internet.

Again, thank you for the support.

attached here is the article from the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/regions/view/20110205-318644/S...

Poverty is man-made that we can undo.

andyismo's picture

I support RH Bill. :)

I definitely support this bill and I do wish that the Philippine lawmakers decide wisely and set aside their political interests. The only problem is, many Filipinos are still close-minded about this issue, if not misinformed. I have met fellow Filipinos who believe this Bill indirectly promotes promiscuity that would lead to moral decay. We Filipinos who are supporters of this bill should also have the responsibility to engage our fellow countrymen to engage in a profound and productive dialogue regarding this issue.

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