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« on: October 09, 2010, 07:10:10 PM »
as they say, the devil is in the details.  perhaps, we may have a better grasp of the pros and cons of the rh bill by reading the details, at our leisure.  i'm posting the whole text of the bill here, in installments (because the length is intimidating, hehe).  for our reading pleasure or displeasure, according to one's leanings...

    
Republic of the Philippines

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Quezon City, Metro Manila

FIFTEENTH CONGRESS
FIRST REGULAR SESSION


HOUSE BILL NO. 96


Introduced by HONORABLE EDCEL C. LAGMAN



EXPLANATORY NOTE


When the first comprehensive version of the RH bill, House Bill 8110 or “The Integrated Population and Development Act of 1999”, was filed in the 11th Congress, the Philippines had a population of roughly 75 million. Today, 10 years later, we hold the dubious distinction of being the 12th most populous country in the world with a population of 94.3 million or a staggering increase of 19.3 million. This would translate to an annual average increase of almost two million every year in a decade.

However, it must be underscored that reproductive health goes beyond a demographic target because it is principally about the right to health and sustainable human development.
 
The enactment of the RH bill is long overdue because although, reproductive health has long been considered a basic universal human right, this right remains elusive and illusory for millions of Filipinos, especially the poor. Consider the following:

2.6 million Filipino women would like to plan their families but lack information and access to do so. (Family Planning Survey 2006)
   
The poorest Filipinas are still having an average of 6 children (this is almost 3 times their desired number of children). (FPS 2006)
   
44% of the pregnancies in the poorest quintile are unwanted. (FPS 2006)

Among the poorest women who would like to avoid pregnancy, at least 41% do not use any contraceptive method because of lack of information or access. (FPS 2006)
   
54% of married women do not want an additional child but 49% of them are not using any form of family planning method (2008 National Demographic and Health Survey).

22% of married Filipino women have an unmet need for family planning services (2008 NDHS), an increase by more than one-third since the 2003 NDHS.

Only 67% of all births in the Philippines are planned. The rest are either mistimed or unwanted (NDHS 2008).

Women want fewer children than what they actually have. The total wanted fertility in the country of 2.4 children is 27% lower than the actual total fertility rate of 3.3 children (NDHS 2008).

42% of women consider a two-child family as the ideal family size (2008 NDHS).

Correct and consistent use of contraceptives will prevent one-third of all maternal deaths and family planning helps prevent 1 million infant deaths worldwide (WHO and UNFPA)

Precise and regular use of contraceptives can decrease abortion rates by as much as 85% (Allan Guttmacher Institute).


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« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2010, 07:13:25 PM »
Ma'am Islander:

Pwede'g ipadayag nalang nimo dayon ang giingon nimo nga pros and cons aron makasabot ko....

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continued---

The proposed bill is pro-poor, pro-women and pro-life.  Its principal beneficiaries will be the poorest of the poor and the marginalized.  Reproductive health and family planning significantly improves maternal health and lowers maternal morbidity.  Having the ability to plan and space children will afford women more employment and educational opportunities and will significantly lower abortion rates.  The bill will also prevent infant and child deaths.  Family planning will likewise mean larger investments in children’s health and education and better health outcomes for children.  With resultant lower maternal and infant deaths and capacity for more investments in health and education, RH is definitely pro-life.

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kj ra ka.  papadayona lang god ko god...

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« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2010, 08:09:52 PM »

pagoryo-goryo pa gyod si mistel mugtay.  ang pros and cons naa ra sa mobasa, ajeje.

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continued---

The RH bill aims to achieve the following primary objectives:

First, it will help give parents the opportunity to exercise their right to freely and responsibly plan the number and spacing of their children. The bill is truly rights-based. It mandates the provision of all forms of family planning, both modern natural and artificial, to women and couples as long as they are legal and medically-safe, and truly effective. However, the acceptance and adoption of family planning is the option and decision of parents and couples, particularly of women.

Second, it will help improve maternal, newborn and child health and nutrition and reduce maternal, infant and child mortality. The bill is primarily a health measure. It will promote maternal and infant health even as it will help prevent the deaths of thousands of mothers and babies annually. The death of 500,000 women worldwide annually due to complications related to pregnancy and childbirth is both an aberration and a gross social injustice. In the Philippines 11 mothers die daily. The RH bill supports the attainment by the country of our MDG commitments on reduction of infant mortality, improvement of maternal health and universal access to family planning.

Third, the RH bill will give women more opportunities to finish their education and secure productive work by freeing them from unremitting pregnancies. Access to family planning information and services ensures maternal health and allows women to pursue opportunities in education and employment and thus will enhance their social and economic status and that of their families. The RH bill will help women become self-reliant and acquire self-esteem.

Fourth, it will help reduce poverty and achieve sustainable human development. It is necessary to enact a national policy on reproductive health because it is an indispensable development tool. Family planning and mitigation of our population growth rate must be allied components of the development agenda.

Fifth, the RH bill will most definitely help lower the incidence of abortion by preventing unplanned, mistimed and unwanted pregnancies which are the ones usually terminated.

Sixth, promotion of reproductive health is cost effective. It is much less expensive than the mega projects of government but has more beneficiaries. The improvement of maternal and infant health and reduction of maternal and infant mortality will generate savings for the government which could be channeled to education and other basic services. The UNICEF asserts that “family planning could bring more benefits to more people at less cost than any other single technology now available to the human race.” (UNICEF State of the World’s Children Report, 1992)


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continued---

This measure is anchored on the principle that everyone has the right to reproductive self-determination – meaning the right to decide when and how often one becomes a parent or the right not to be a parent at all.

Should a couple decide that they want to plan and space their children, the State must be able to provide them with relevant and timely information on all methods of family planning which are legal and medically-safe. Once the couple has decided on the method best suited to their needs, personal convictions and religious beliefs, then the State must once again be prepared and equipped to provide them with quality reproductive health and family planning services.

Moreover, should a woman, who bears the brunt of pregnancy and childbirth decide to become a mother, the State must be able to provide her with the services she needs for safe motherhood.

At the heart of the bill is freedom of informed choice. Neither the State nor the Church has the authority to compel the people or the faithful what family planning method to adopt. The choice belongs to parents and couples, particularly to women who have the inherent right over their own bodies.

Consequently, this bill seeks to provide the enabling environment for couples and individuals to enjoy the basic right to decide freely and responsibly the number and spacing of their children and to have the information, education, and access to safe, effective, affordable and acceptable methods of family planning of their choice.

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The experience of our Asian neighbors clearly shows that a government-funded family planning program together with a comprehensive, health-based, rights-anchored and development-oriented policy on RH and population and development are crucial components in poverty reduction programs and a sound and sensible economic policy.

We cannot address adequately the problem of poverty and its attendant manifestations of poor health, crippling ignorance, widespread hunger, continuing unemployment, scarce mass housing and threatened environment if we do not squarely address the problem of a bloated population and high and unwanted fertility. Experts all agree that sustainable socio-economic development cannot be achieved if the issue of population is ignored or addressed separately from the issues of development and poverty.

Congress should not renege on its duty to enact laws that will protect and promote the right of Filipinos to overall health and well-being and sustainable human development.

Accordingly, approval of this measure is earnestly sought.

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By Rep. Edcel Lagman
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(Editor’s Note: Upon the request of readers, we are running the salient features of the proposed Reproductive Health and Population Development Act of 2008. We asked its principal author in the House of Representatives to present the main points of and misconceptions about the bill. We hope that this issue will help readers reach an informed opinion on the measure.)

THE BILL IS NATIONAL IN SCOPE, COMPREHENSIVE, rights-based and provides adequate funding to the population program. It is a departure from the present setup in which the provision for reproductive health services is devolved to local government units, and consequently, subjected to the varying strategies of local government executives and suffers from a dearth of funding.

The reproductive health (RH) bill promotes information on and access to both natural and modern family planning methods, which are medically safe and legally permissible. It assures an enabling environment where women and couples have the freedom of informed choice on the mode of family planning they want to adopt based on their needs, personal convictions and religious beliefs.

The bill does not have any bias for or against either natural or modern family planning. Both modes are contraceptive methods. Their common purpose is to prevent unwanted pregnancies.

The bill will promote sustainable human development. The UN stated in 2002 that “family planning and reproductive health are essential to reducing poverty.” The Unicef also asserts that “family planning could bring more benefits to more people at less cost than any other single technology now available to the human race.”

Coverage of RH. (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.

Strengthening of Popcom. The existing Population Commission shall be reoriented to promote both natural and modern family planning methods. It shall serve as the central planning, coordinating, implementing and monitoring body for the comprehensive and integrated policy on reproductive health and population development.

Capability building of community-based volunteer workers. The workers shall undergo additional and updated training on the delivery of reproductive healthcare services and shall receive not less than 10-percent increase in honoraria upon successful completion of training.

Midwives for skilled birth attendance. Every city and municipality shall endeavor to employ an adequate number of midwives and other skilled attendants.

Emergency obstetrics care. Each province and city shall endeavor to ensure the establishment and operation of hospitals with adequate and qualified personnel that provide emergency obstetrics care.

Hospital-based family planning. Family planning methods requiring hospital services like ligation, vasectomy and IUD insertion shall be available in all national and local government hospitals.

Contraceptives as essential medicines. Reproductive health products shall be considered essential medicines and supplies and shall form part of the National Drug Formulary considering that family planning reduces the incidence of maternal and infant mortality.

Reproductive health education. RH education in an age-appropriate manner shall be taught by adequately trained teachers from Grade 5 to 4th year high school. As proposed in the bill, core subjects include responsible parenthood, natural and modern family planning, proscription and hazards of abortion, reproductive health and sexual rights, abstinence before marriage, and responsible sexuality.

Certificate of compliance. No marriage license shall be issued by the Local Civil Registrar unless the applicants present a Certificate of Compliance issued for free by the local Family Planning Office. The document should certify that they had duly received adequate instructions and information on family planning, responsible parenthood, breast feeding and infant nutrition.

Ideal family size. The State shall encourage two children as the ideal family size. This is neither mandatory nor compulsory and no punitive action may be imposed on couples having more than two children.

Employers’ responsibilities. Employers shall respect the reproductive health rights of all their workers. Women shall not be discriminated against in the matter of hiring, regularization of employment status or selection for retrenchment. Employers shall provide free reproductive health services and commodities to workers, whether unionized or unorganized.

Multimedia campaign. Popcom shall initiate and sustain an intensified nationwide multimedia campaign to raise the level of public awareness on the urgent need to protect and promote reproductive health and rights.
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« Reply #10 on: October 09, 2010, 08:32:18 PM »
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Rep. Edcel C. Lagman

THERE IS A CONTINUING campaign to discredit the reproductive health bill through misinformation. Straightforward answers to the negative propaganda will help educate and enlighten people on the measure.

The bill is not antilife. It is proquality life. It will ensure that children will be blessings for their parents since their births are planned and wanted. It will empower couples with the information and opportunity to plan and space their children. This will not only strengthen the family as a unit but also optimize care for children who will have more opportunities to be educated, healthy and productive.

The bill does not interfere with family life. In fact, it enhances family life. The family is more than a natural nucleus; it is a social institution whose protection and development are impressed with public interest. It is not untouchable by legislation. For this reason, the State has enacted the Civil Code on family relations, the Family Code, and the Child and Youth Welfare Code.

The bill does not legalize abortion. It expressly provides that “abortion remains a crime” and “prevention of abortion” is essential to fully implement the Reproductive Health Care Program. While “management of post-abortion complications” is provided, this is not to condone abortion but to promote the humane treatment of women in life-threatening situations.

It will not lead to the legalization of abortion. It is not true that all countries where contraceptive use is promoted eventually legalize abortion. Many Catholic countries criminalize abortion even as they vigorously promote contraceptive use like Mexico, Panama, Guatemala, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Paraguay and Ireland. The Muslim and Buddhist countries of Indonesia and Laos also promote contraceptive use yet proscribe abortion. According to studies, correct and regular use of contraceptives reduces abortion rates by as much as 85 percent and negates the need to legalize abortion.

Contraceptives do not have life-threatening side effects. Medical and scientific evidence shows that all the possible medical risks connected with contraceptives are infinitely lower than the risks of an actual pregnancy and everyday activities. The risk of dying within a year of riding a car is 1 in 5,900. The risk of dying within a year of using pills is 1 in 200,000. The risk of dying from a vasectomy is 1 in 1 million and the risk of dying from using an IUD is 1 in 10 million. The probability of dying from condom use is absolutely zero. But the risk of dying from a pregnancy is 1 in 10,000.

The bill will not promote contraceptive mentality. The bill does not prohibit pregnancy. Critics are mistaken in claiming that because contraceptives would be readily available, people would prefer to have no children at all. Couples will not stop wanting children simply because contraceptives are available. Contraceptives are used to prevent unwanted pregnancies but not to stop pregnancies altogether. Timed pregnancies are assured.

The bill does not impose a two-child policy. It does not promote a compulsory policy strictly limiting a family to two children and no punitive action shall be imposed on parents with more than two children. This number is not an imposition or is it arbitrary because results of the 2003 National Demographic and Health Survey show that the ideal of two children approximates the desired fertility of women.

Sexuality education will neither spawn “a generation of sex maniacs” nor breed a culture of promiscuity. Age-appropriate RH education promotes correct sexual values. It will not only instill consciousness of freedom of choice but also responsible exercise of one’s rights. The UN and countries which have youth sexuality education document its beneficial results: understanding of proper sexual values is promoted; early initiation into sexual relations is delayed; abstinence before marriage is encouraged; multiple-sex partners is avoided; and spread of sexually transmitted diseases is prevented.

It does not claim that family planning is the panacea for poverty. It simply recognizes the verifiable link between a huge population and poverty. Unbridled population growth stunts socioeconomic development and aggravates poverty. The connection between population and development is well-documented and empirically established.

UN Human Development Reports show that countries with higher population growth invariably score lower in human development. The Asian Development Bank in 2004 also listed a large population as one of the major causes of poverty in the country.

The National Statistics Office affirms that large families are prone to poverty with 57.3 percent of families with seven children mired in poverty while only 23.8 percent of families with two children are poor. Recent studies also show that large family size is a significant factor in keeping families poor across generations.

Family planning will not lead to a demographic winter. UP economics professors in their paper “Population and Poverty: The Real Score” declared that the threat of a so-called demographic winter in the Philippines is “greatly exaggerated, and using it as an argument against a sensible population policy is a plain and simple scare tactic.”

The National Statistical Coordinating Board projected that a replacement fertility of 2.1 children per couple could be reached only by 2040. Moreover, despite a reduced population growth rate, the effects of population momentum would continue for another 60 years by which time our total population would be 240 million.

Humanae Vitae is not an infallible doctrine. In 1963, Pope John XXIII created the Papal Commission on Birth Control to study questions on population and family planning. The Commission included ranking prelates and theologians.

Voting 69 to 10, it strongly recommended that the Church change its teaching on contraception as it concluded that “the regulation of conception appears necessary for many couples who wish to achieve a responsible, open and reasonable parenthood in today’s circumstances.”

However, it was the minority report that Pope Paul VI eventually supported and which became the basis of Humanae Vitae.

Even 40 years ago when the encyclical was issued, theologians did not generally think that it was infallible. Monsignor Fernando Lambruschini, spokesperson of the Vatican at the time of its release, said “attentive reading of the encyclical Humanae Vitae does not suggest the theological note of infallibility… It is not infallible.”

Five days after the issuance of the encyclical, a statement against it was signed by 87 Catholic theologians. It asserted that “Catholics may dissent from … noninfallible Church doctrine” and that “Catholic spouses could responsibly decide in some circumstances to use artificial contraception.”

(Rep. Edcel C. Lagman of Albay is the principal author of the proposed Reproductive Health and Population Development Act of 2008.)

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« Reply #11 on: October 09, 2010, 09:22:08 PM »

at this point, i'll cease and desist ( ;D!) first from posting the body parts (ugh!) of House Bill 96 to face the posts of www.tubagbohol.com re proposed Reproductive Health and Population Development Act of 2008, otherwise known as House Bill 5043, whose previous incarnation is House Bill 4110.  (both failed passage in congress.)

these are excerpts of the pastoral letter entitled A Catechism on Family and Life for the 2010 Elections (Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, Episcopal Commission on Family and Life, December 27, 2009 – Feast of the Holy Family), which also covered House Bill 5043 of 2008:


11.  What is reproductive health?

The UN defines reproductive health as the state of physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity in all matters relating to the reproductive system and to its functions and processes. It states that people have the right to a “satisfying and safe sex life.”  The conjugal union is natural and proper in marriage, but in contrast, reproductive health disposes all people, including children and adolescents, to the sexual act and the freedom to decide if, when and how often to reproduce, provided that these are not against the law. (UN Cairo Conference, Program of Action).

Following this definition, if having a satisfying sex life results in an unwanted pregnancy, the mental anguish this causes will negatively affect the person’s mental and social well-being unless one has access to contraception and abortion.  This is the convoluted reasoning behind UN agencies’ insistence that reproductive health necessarily presupposes access to contraception and abortion.

Furthermore, the Reproductive Health bill (House Bill 5043), which carries the same definition of reproductive health, will penalize with one to six months imprisonment, and/or 10-50 thousand pesos fine, parents who for example prevent their grade school and high school children from using contraceptives, or from having satisfying and safe sex.  This item, along with the fact that certain contraceptives actually cause the abortion of 5-day old babies, is often ignored in supposedly unbiased and scientific surveys on the acceptability of the Reproductive Health bill.

All these are in the name of reproductive health and rights.  What about the rights of parents? And the rights of the unborn?






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« Reply #12 on: October 09, 2010, 09:28:53 PM »

more excerpts from the pastoral letter:

12.  What are some experiences in other countries in relation to reproductive health and related to family and life issues?

Family and Life workers and families in the Philippines, to whom this Catechism is primarily directed, could easily and clearly see the probable goals of reproductive health and rights advocates in the country, by looking at what is happening abroad.  In some countries, school clinics are required to inform parents if their child has been treated for a minor scratch; on the other hand, the same school clinics are PROHIBITED from informing parents if their child seeks treatment for abdominal pains caused by a recent abortion.  In other places, children are required to obtain parental consent for a tattoo, but not for an abortion.

A high-ranking official of a foreign country massively funding reproductive health services in the Philippines categorically stated last April that, “We happen to think that family planning is an important part of women’s health, and reproductive health includes access to abortion.”  A local columnist wrote in November 2008 that “In Mexico City… the long struggle for reproductive health and rights culminated in the recent passage of a law lifting all restrictions on abortion.”  Many countries all over the world and the United Nations agencies work for reproductive health and rights until they have fully facilitated access to abortion.

Underlying this concept of reproductive or sexual health and rights is a view that radically separates sexuality, procreation and the complementariness between men and women.  It is a view that identifies pleasure as the ultimate goal of sexuality and reduces procreation as a function of the health care systems.  It also implies that men and women relate in temporary and modifiable unions that are a far cry from the beauty of conjugal love that is fully human, total, faithful, exclusive and open to life.

Men and women are persons before all else, and for this reason sexual behavior cannot be used only for pleasure.  Otherwise it would mean using a person simply as an object.


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« Reply #13 on: October 09, 2010, 09:34:32 PM »

more:

Attempts to enact legislation promoting anti-family programs receive huge financial assistance and provide alluring incentives to persuade our politicians to commit themselves to their advocacy.  Foreign-funded lobby groups have been operating for more than a decade to openly advocate for the enactment of population control laws, as well as abortion-friendly laws in pursuit of the UN Cairo Conference objective of universal abortion rights.  It makes one wonder why countries with below replacement fertility rates, desperate for babies and spending huge sums of money to encourage their own citizens to bear more children, contradict themselves by spending huge sums of money to suppress our population growth.

All these are consistent with Henry Kissinger’s 1974 National Security Study Memorandum 200 entitled “Implications of Worldwide Population Growth for US Security and Overseas Interest” which identified the increase in world population as inimical to the interest of the West.   This document has been coming out in recent public debates on reproductive health policies, and is available on the internet.  Do not reproductive health advocates bow down to their impositions?  Is it not more correct to say that they are the ones imposing their policies on our country?


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« Reply #14 on: October 09, 2010, 10:17:06 PM »

and this, from a blogger:

House Bill 96 or the Reproductive Health Bill and some suspicious provisions

I read House Bill 96 or " An Act Providing for a National Policy on Reproductive Health, Responsible Parenthood and Population and Development and for Other Purposes" filed by Congressman Edcel Lagman.  The bill's rationale is note-worthy of support. The bill, it seems, is all about informed choice.

What I find rather suspicious is the provision on Section 7 which provides for all accredited health facilities to provide a full range of modern family planning methods.  While the bill seeks to promote rights and an enabling environment to exercise those rights, why propose that government buy these "modern family planning methods" only and not include natural family planning methods

I find a provision also expressed in Section 9 to be that of the benefit of manufacturers of contraceptives.  These provisions should not be included in the bill because though government has the right to inform, it should not provide these contraceptives for free.

The government should probably encourage manufacturers of contraceptives to lower their prices instead of the State using its funds to procure all contraceptives or modern family planning methods from these manufacturers.  This will be a clear source of an anomaly since as we all know, bidding processes in our country clearly involve graft and corrupt practices.

Section 10 is also highly suspicious.  Why distribute contraceptives when it is clear in the bill that its use should only be "when needed" or "when selected or chosen by the couple.  The State does not need to distribute these contraceptives to the general population.

These contraceptives should only be given when asked by a couple, or a parent or anybody who wants to plan or rather prevent a pregnancy.

Again, Section 10 is highly suspicious because it caters to the needs of manufacturers of contraceptives.

The contentious Section 13, which mandates the compulsory teaching of sex education from Grades 5 to High school has been revised, finally. This I think, is really important.

Another highly contentious provision though, Section 18, requires that companies with more than 200 workers shall provide reproductive health services to its workers.  Or, for companies with lower than 200 workers, coordinate with clinics and hospitals.

Again, the bill's core promise is simply respect the reproductive rights of Filipinos and provide for an enabling environment for its exercise.  Why would companies provide for these reproductive health services?  If its a right, then those who want to exercise such rights, should know their responsibilities of exercising those rights and one of them is clearly, being financially responsible.

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« Reply #15 on: October 09, 2010, 10:23:48 PM »

more from the blogger:

If the State wants to create an enabling environment, let these natural and modern family planning methods be distributed at lesser cost.  Meaning, ask manufacturers of contraceptives to lower their prices, instead of the government procuring their products and using public money to buy all of them.

I oppose the use of public money to buy contraceptives.

I oppose using public money to distribute contraceptives.  If the bill is really about rights, then, it should likewise recognize that every right has its corresponding responsibility.  If the couple or person intends to exercise his reproductive health right, then, he should be aware that the exercise of such rights entails cost, albeit, minimalized.

Why is there no howl about this among RH bill supporters?  It is quite evident that we are not being made aware of such provisions in the bill, that the bill's proponents actually do not want to discuss these provisions simply because these are the provisions which contraceptive lobbyists inserted for their benefit.

Commercial interests are really behind the passage of this bill because this bill will surely jack up the profits of manufacturers of contraceptives.

•Global sales of contraceptives in 2008 were $9.9 billion and, with 2% growth, sales reached $10.1 billion in 2009.  This market is expected to rise at a CAGR of 4.8% and reach $13.5 billion by 2015.

•The contraceptive market is led by hormonal contraceptives with more than a 78% share. This segment was worth $7.9 billion in 2009 and is expected to increase to $8.2 billion in 2010 and $9.4 billion by 2015, a compound annual growth rate of (CAGR) of 2.8%.

•Barrier contraceptives have a smaller market share than hormonal contraceptives but are expected to grow at a higher rate. This segment was worth $2 billion in 2009 and is expected to be valued at $2.3 billion in 2010 and $3.5 billion in 2015, an 8.5% compound annual growth rate (CAGR).

If the proponent of the bill is really dead serious in his advocacy for reproductive health rights, then, let these provisions be stricken out of the bill immediately.
 

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« Reply #16 on: October 09, 2010, 10:28:57 PM »

pahuway sa ko ani.  mangapo man sad ko ani usa ko mahuman.  katulgon na hinoon ko.  adto sa ko kadiyot sa mga hanggaw nga thread aron mawagtang ang duka. ;D 

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« Reply #17 on: October 11, 2010, 01:14:52 AM »
Much thanks, Isles.  :)



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