Reproductive Health Bill
The Reproductive Health Bill or RH Bill was first proposed back in 1998. In the present time it is authored by House Minority Leader Edcel Lagman of Albay, HB 96; Iloilo Rep. Dale Bernard Tuddao, HB 101, Akbayan Representatives Kaka Bag-ao & Walden Bello; HB 513, Muntinlupa Representative Rodolfo Biazon, HB 1160, Iloilo Representative Augusto Syjuco, HB 1520, Gabriela Rep. Luzviminda Ilagan. Presently, There are two bills with the same intended goals: House Bill # 4244 ─ An Act Providing for a Comprehensive Policy on Responsible Parenthood, Reproductive Health, and Population and Development, and For Other Purposes and Senate Bill # 2378 ─ An Act Providing For a National Policy on Reproductive Health and Population and Development.
The RH Bill promotes natural family planning or the modern family planning which are safe for our health. The RH bill covers the following (1) Information and access to natural and modern family planning (2) Maternal, infant and child health and nutrition (3) Promotion of breast feeding (4) Prevention of abortion and management of post-abortion complications (5) Adolescent and youth health (6) Prevention and management of reproductive tract infections, HIV/AIDS and STDs (7) Elimination of violence against women (8) Counseling on sexuality and sexual and reproductive health (9) Treatment of breast and reproductive tract cancers (10) Male involvement and participation in RH; (11) Prevention and treatment of infertility and (12) RH education for the youth.
But in the midst of preparation of the bill, The CBCP highly disagree in what the RH Bill proposed. They said that the use of contraceptives and abortion are against the Catholic’s religious beliefs. Furthermore, the catholic church believe that it is the duty of parents to be responsible and to have more natural way of moral life.
Up until this day, the debate between the approval of the bill is still not sure. In this case there are certain...