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RH Bill in the Philippines


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This presentation was created before the bill was passed. The RH is now a law so it is definitely no longer called as RH BILL but rather RH LAW. I hope this will still be useful esp. to those who do not know the law itself.

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RH Bill in the Philippines

  1. 1. As defined by the World Health Organization,is a state of physical, mental, and social well-being in all matters relating to the reproductivesystem at all stages of life.Implies that people are able to have asatisfying and safe sex life and that they havethe capability to reproduce and the freedom todecide if, when, and how often to do so.
  2. 2. This bill, according to Rep. Lagman,promotes information on and accessto both natural and modern familyplanning methods that are medicallysafe and legally permissible.It assures an enabling environmentwhere women and couples have thefreedom of informed choice on themode of family planning they want toadopt based on their needs, personalconvictions and religious beliefs.
  3. 3. AUTHOR OF R.H. BILL N0.17
  4. 4. information and access to natural and modernfamily planning;maternal, infant and child health andnutrition;promotion of breast feeding;
  5. 5. adolescent and youth health; prevention andmanagement of reproductive tractinfections, HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitteddiseases;prevention of abortion and management ofpost-abortion complications;
  6. 6. male involvement and participation inreproductive health;prevention and treatment of infertility; andreproductive health education for the youth.elimination of violence against women;counseling on sexuality and sexual andreproductive health;treatment of breast and reproductive tractcancers;
  7. 7. The bill is controversial, as it isbeing opposed by the CatholicChurch. The Catholic Church isagainst the use of artificialcontraceptives.Rep. EdcelLagman, however, says that the billdoes not have any bias for or againsteither natural or modern familyplanning. Both modes arecontraceptive methods with acommon purpose of preventing
  8. 8. SECTION 1. Short Title. – This Act shall beknown as the “Reproductive Health andPopulation Development Act of 2008“.SEC. 2. Declaration of Policy. – The Stateupholds and promotes responsible parenthood,informed choice, birth spacing and respect forlife in conformity with internationally recognizedhuman rights standards.The State shall uphold the right of thepeople, particularly women and theirorganizations, to effective and reasonableparticipation in the formulation andimplementation of the declared policy.
  9. 9. This policy is anchored on the rationalethat sustainable human development is betterassured with a manageable population ofhealthy, educated and productive citizens.The State likewise guarantees universalaccess to medically-safe, legal, affordable andquality reproductive health care services,methods, devices, supplies and relevantinformation thereon even as it prioritizes theneeds of women and children, among otherunderprivileged sectors.
  10. 10. SEC. 3. Guiding Principles. – This Actdeclares the following as basic guidingprinciples:a. In the promotion of reproductive health,there should be no bias for either modern ornatural methods of family planning;b. b. Reproductive health goes beyond ademographic target because it is principallyabout health and rights;c. c. Gender equality and womenempowerment are central elements ofreproductive health and populationdevelopment;
  11. 11. d. Since manpower is the principal asset ofevery country, effective reproductive health careservices must be given primacy to ensure thebirth and care of healthy children and topromote responsible parenting;e. The limited resources of the country cannotbe suffered to, be spread so thinly to service aburgeoning multitude that makes the allocationsgrossly inadequate and effectively meaningless;f. Freedom of informed choice, which is centralto the exercise of any right, must be fullyguaranteed by the State like the right itself;
  12. 12. g. While the number and spacing of childrenare left to the sound judgment of parents andcouples based on their personal conviction andreligious beliefs, such concerned parents andcouples, including unmarried individuals,should be afforded free and full access torelevant, adequate and correct information onreproductive health and human sexuality andshould be guided by qualified State workersand professional private practitioners;
  13. 13. h. Reproductive health, including thepromotion of breastfeeding, must be the jointconcern of the National Government andLocal Government Units(LGUs);i. Protection and promotion of gender equality,women empowerment and human rights,including reproductive health rights, areimperative;
  14. 14. j. Development is a multi-faceted process thatcalls for the coordination and integration ofpolicies, plans, programs and projects thatseek to uplift the quality of life of the people,more particularly the poor, the needy andthe marginalized;k. Active participation by and thoroughconsultation with concerned non-government organizations (NGOs), people’sorganizations (POs) and communities areimperative to ensure that basic policies,plans, programs and projects address thepriority needs of stakeholders;
  15. 15. l. Respect for, protection and fulfillment ofreproductive health rights seek to promote notonly the rights and welfare of adult individualsand couples but those of adolescents’ andchildren’s as well; andm. While nothing in this Act changes the law onabortion, as abortion remains a crime and ispunishable, the government shall ensure thatwomen seeking care for post-abortioncomplications shall be treated and counseled ina humane, non-judgmental and compassionatemanner.
  16. 16. oFilipina women or their spousesshould have the freedom to choosewhat is best for them and the family.
  17. 17. oSustained information campaignbe imparted on reproductive healthrights, care, services and facilitiescoupled with universal access to allmethods of family planning rangingfrom the natural to the modernwhich are medically safe andlegally permissible.
  18. 18. oIt is needed to help ease thecountry’s population problem.oTheir common purpose is toprevent unwanted pregnancies.oThe bill will promote sustainablehuman development.
  19. 19. 1. The bill is antilife.2. The perception that the billinterferes with family life.3. The belief that the bill imposes atwo-child policy.
  20. 20. 4. The belief thatsexual education willneither spawn “ageneration of sexmaniacs” nor breed aculture ofpromiscuity.5. It claims thatfamily planning is thepanacea for poverty.6. Family planningleads todemographic winter.
  21. 21. Princess Mae S. ChuaKyrie Leonelyn C. DiwagKlaus Austin FuentesLady Katez LaspiñasIrene LauronMarje L. LegaspoJosiah Mangangot
  22. 22. It aims to understand theattitude of various stakeholderstoward the issue on reproductivehealth. Specifically, the study looksinto the attitude of MSU-IITstudents, religious leaders, officialsof the Department of Education,workers of the PopulationCommission and the Department ofHealth toward the ReproductiveHealth Bill.
  23. 23. •What are the objectives of theReproductive Health Bill?•What are the values promoted bythe RH Bill?•Do the respondents believe on theobjectives of the ReproductiveHealth Bill?
  24. 24. •Do the respondents believe thatthe RH Bill shall help in themanagement of the population ofthe Philippines?•Does the RH Bill enjoy support inIligan?•Is there an alternative for the RHBill in achieving its statedobjectives?
  25. 25. ThankYou!