What is the Reproductive Health Bill, RH Bill?

The Reproductive Health bill, popularly known as the RH Bill, are Philippine bills aiming to guarantee universal access to methods and information on birth control and maternal care. The bills have become the center of a contentious national debate. There are presently two bills with the same goals: House Bill No. 4244 or An Act Providing for a Comprehensive Policy on Responsible Parenthood, Reproductive Health, and Population and Development, and For Other Purposes introduced by Albay 1st district Representative Edcel Lagman, and Senate Bill No. 2378 or An Act Providing For a National Policy on Reproductive Health and Population and Development introduced by Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago.

What is the composition of the RH Bill?

The basic content of the Consolidated Reproductive Health Bill is divided into the following sections.

  1. Title
  2. Declaration of Policy
  3. Guiding Principles
  4. Definition of Terms
  5. Midwives for Skilled Attendance
  6. Emergency Obstetric Care
  7. Access to Family Planning
  8. Maternal and Newborn Health Care in Crisis Situations
  9. Maternal Death Review
  10. Family Planning Supplies as Essential Medicines
  11. Procurement and Distribution of Family Planning Supplies
  12. Integration of Family Planning and Responsible Parenthood Component in Anti-Poverty Programs
  13. Roles of Local Government in Family Planning Programs
  14. Benefits for Serious and Life-Threatening Reproductive Health Conditions
  15. Mobile Health Care Service
  16. Mandatory Age-Appropriate Reproductive Health and Sexuality Education
  17. Additional Duty of the Local Population Officer
  18. Certificate of Compliance
  19. Capability Building of Barangay Health Workers
  20. Ideal Family Size
  21. Employers’ Responsibilities
  22. Pro Bono Services for Indigent Women
  23. Sexual And Reproductive Health Programs For Persons With Disabilities (PWDs)
  24. Right to Reproductive Health Care Information
  25. Implementing Mechanisms
  26. Reporting Requirements
  27. Congressional Oversight Committee
  28. Prohibited Acts
  29. Penalties
  30. Appropriations
  31. Implementing Rules and Regulations
  32. Separability Clause
  33. Repealing Clause
  34. Effectivity

What is the opinion of the Church on the RH Bill?

Opponents of the bill see the bill as allowing the Filipinos to be fooled by the deceptive manipulations of American imperialism and eugenicist control, using United Nations Agencies for its own national interests, and to use Philippines' own national funds to kill the youngest Filipinos, harm its own mothers, and encourage immorality. They see the bill as an act of disrespect and ingratitude to the Catholic Church that works for the poor and the sick, and for the education and development of Filipinos. They accuse the Philippine Legislator's Committee on Population and Development as "essentially a foreign body" that has drafted the bills, and that its "2008 lobbying fund of two billion pesos comes from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, IPPF and UNFPA the latter two both well known for their global agenda to legalize abortion." They say that a two-child policy will make the country fail to cash in on a possible demographic dividend of rapid economic growth, and great reduction of poverty, a chance for complete modernization without destruction of human life and promotion of immorality.

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[Source: Wikipedia.org]

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  1. Sa aking palagay, hindi pa po sobrang dami ng mga Pilipino sa Pilipinas. Bagkus, MAS MARAMING MAGNANAKAW sa sangay ng gobyerno kaya maraming mahihirap. Sa tingin ko, iyon muna ang dapat lagyan ng katapusan bago pa natin pigilin ang paglago ng dami ng mga tao sa ating bansa. We should not give any excuse for some politicians to feast upon the poor people's lives. Dapat sila ang pigilan hindi ang popolasyon! Kung mayroon mang batas na dapat ipasa-iyon ang pagbabawal magnakaw sa kaban ng ating naghihikahos na bayan! MABUHAY PO ANG PINAS!


  2. Dapat mag-isip ng makabubuting paraan ng pangangalaga sa ina at pamilya nito na hiyang para sa mga Pilipino bilang Kristyano. We should not adopt immeditaely what is being legalized and practiced in other countries because those means might not be good for us ...Filipinos.


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