Half of all pregnancies in the predominantly catholic philippines are unintended that may change as the country begins to roll out its new reproductive health law, but the catholic church — and even the pope — are still fighting the push for free contraception. Manila — in what is expected to mark a pivotal moment in this rapidly developing but still impoverished nation, the supreme court of the philippines will weigh next month the constitutionality of a new reproductive-health law that pits the entrenched power of the roman catholic establishment against a. I have been following the debates on the rh bill not just in the recent house sessions but practically since its start in the process, because of what i have said and written (where i have not joined the attack dogs against the rh bill), i have been called a judas by a high-ranking cleric, i am considered a. 10354, also known as the reproductive health (rh) law, presented their final arguments in defense of the law before the supreme court (sc) on tuesday hilbay said this claim cannot stand since the law actually recognizes the rights to liberty and privacy of either the husband or the wife to undergo an. Update: see rh bill: the lost equation this post will not be a petty post no, this will not be about carlos celdran, the cbcp or some famed columnist who's openly expressed his or her stand on the rh bill i'm afraid this will not satisfy the appetite of those who are only after the side issues my opinion. Msgr joselito asis, secretary general of the bishops' conference, says the bill's passage is “a wake-up call to catholic voters, for them to choose the right leaders who will truly represent their beliefs” “that's our call to catholics to stand up to their faith especially in this year of faith they must show how. Â€œwe laud the sc ruling extending the status quo ante order against the rh law,â€ rodriguez told the star â€œall of us pro-life pray that they would stand firm and objective and in the final decision strike down the rh law for not only being destructive of our sacred moral values, but also for being. Taken from the sws website: 16 october 2008 third quarter 2008 social weather survey: 76% want family planning education in public schools 71% favor passage of the reproductive health bill social weather stations seventy-six percent of adult filipinos want family planning education in the.
Of the 6 vice presidential candidates, only two are against the reproductive health law. The main proponent of the present bill, rh bill 96, is rep edcel lagman at the women deliver philippines conference on thursday, university of the philippines (up) college of law professor atty beth pangalangan said proponents of the rh bill should ignore the church's stand on the issue women. The catholic bishops have released a pastoral letter, 'choosing life, rejecting the rh bill,' that compares their fight against the reproductive health bill to their historic role in the edsa revolution gma news online is publishing the pastoral letter in full, and below it a woman's response from akbayan.
Aside from promoting family planning, the rh law covers wide-ranging provisions for emergency obstetric care, sex education, and maternal and child health but the very fact that such initially, the church's stand didn't seem to have much of an impact on philippine policy just a year after humanae vitae. The passage of the rh bill in both houses is the fulfillment of the long time wish for the majority of the filipino people in addressing the socioeconomic and environmental problems of the country that are brought pope benedict finally drops catholic ban on condoms, weakens cbcp stand whom against the rh bill. Although the supreme court has upheld the constitutionality of the rh law, it has truly watered down the rh law and consequently upheld the importance of adhering to an informed religious conscience even among government workers it has also stood on the side of the rights of parents to teach their.
The succeeding pages of this powerpoint are the reasons and the stands of the catholic faithful why is the catholic church against reproductive health bill or house bill no 5043 (previously known as house bill 3773) entitled : reproductive health and population act of 2007. In the middle of all the sound and fury preceding the may 9 polls, certain issues and “sticky” problems continue to hound the philippines and filipinos one such issue is that of reproductive health, which, despite the passage of the responsible parenthood and reproductive health (rprh) law, continues. Looking at the context of morality, the effects brought about by rh bill may be considered immoral and goes against the will of god especially that it is more of a pro-choice than pro-life thus, it gathers opposition from the catholic church it appears that the only stand of the church against rh bill will be mainly through the.
Together with our leaders in the catholic church, the ateneo de manila university does not support the passage of house bill 4244 (the responsible parenthood, reproductive health and population and development bill) as many of these leaders have pointed out, the present form of the proposed bill contains.
This article proposes that the church's engagement in the reproductive health bill (rh bill) debate and the manner of its discourse undermined its own campaign to despite the claims of the bishops of a united church stand against the rh bill,  filipino catholics took different positions on the bill. It has been a long and grueling process for proponents of reproductive health ( rh) initiatives in the philippines “it took 14 years and a tortuous struggle before the reproductive health law was finally passed in 2012 despite attempts by conservative groups and the catholic church to derail the measure. Popularly known as the “rh law,” the measure was passed in 2012, but was suspended by the supreme court, following objections from religious groups that alleged the law violated the rights to religion and free initially, the church's stand didn't seem to have much of an impact on philippine policy. I am in favor of the reproductive health bill/rh bill, not because i don't believe in god or i disobey his rules but let's open our eyes on our countries status as of now our country is growing and continues to grow we are in number 65 out of 144 economies in the world but, as you can see, we are still behind when regards.