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RH BILL IS FREEDOM OF CHOICE AND PRO-CHANCE. GIVE RH BILL A CHANCE! RISA HONTIVEROS

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What You Need to Know About the RH Bill by: leovlauzon Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 10:10:00 AM For the past months, most of my blog posts have been mentioning about the pressing issue surrounding the passing of the Reproductive Health (RH) Bill for legislation in the Philippine Congress back in my country. It has been first introduced in 1998 since the 11th Congress but has never been successfully passed into law as conservative groups lead by the Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines has been quite successful in threatening solons to be excommunicated and be politically shamed. But what is the RH Bill? How significant is it to the Filipino women? Why do we need the RH Bill? This Women's Month, with the theme: "Equal access to education, training and science and technology: The pathway to decent work for women," I would like to amplify the cause for the passage of the RH Bill and seek your support in educating and empowering Filipino women to have an informed choice about their bodies and sexuality and to be able to discern a responsible and wise decision. Reproductive Health...Going Back to the Basics According to the Philippine Legislators Committee on Population and Development's (PLCPD) The Truth About the Reproductive Health Bill, reproductive health is the state of complete physical, mental and social well-being in all matters relating to the reproductive system and to its functions and processes. It implies that people have the capability to reproduce and the freedom to decide if, when, and how often to do so. Implicit in this is the right of men and women to be informed and to have access to safe, effective, affordable and acceptable methods of family planning of their choice which is are not against the law, and access to health care services that will enable women to go safely through pregnancy and childbirth. The Reproductive Health Bill...The Bill in the Hot Seat The Reproductive Health is a policy proposal filed in both houses of Congress that seeks to provide reproductive health services for all. If enacted into law, the state (Philippine Government) will provide a national budget for reproductive health so that couples -- especially those from the poorest communities -- can have access to family planning services, including the provision of natural and artificial contraceptives, to help them plan the birth spacing of their children. The bill will also make proper family planning information so that couples can choose the family planning method that is most affordable for them, that is safest and most effective for them. Up to date, only couples who can afford to buy contraceptives are able to effectively plan their families. Currently, the consolidated version of the RH Bill is now House Bill 4244 or the "Responsible Parenthood, Reproductive Health and Population Development Act of 2011," has just been unanimously approved by the Committee and is set for plenary sponsorship on March 1. House Bill 4244 is the consolidated version of House Bills 96 by Rep. Edcel Lagman of the 1st District of Albay, House Bill 101 by Rep. Janette Loreto-Garin of the 1st District of Iloilo, House Bill 513 by Reps. Kaka Bag-Ao and Walden Bello of the AKBAYAN Partylist, House Bill 1160 by Rep. Rodolfo Biazon of the Lone District of Muntinlipa City, House Bill 1520 by Rep. Augusto "Tito Boboy" Syjuco of the 2nd District of Iloilo and House Bill 3387 by Reps. Luz Ilagan and Emmi De Jesus of the Gabriela Partylist. Why We Need the RH Bill...Let's Face It, We Need This We need this piece of legislation to ensure accountability, transparency, and continuity in the provision of appropriate and correct reproductive health care services and information to the people. A program or project initiated by one administration may not be implemented by the succeeding one. Moreover, local government officials are in position for only three years, after which, a new administration may take over and abandon the project and program.