“Positive Effects and Impact of Reproductive Health Bill in the Philippines”

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Topic Title: “Positive Effects and Impact of Reproductive Health Bill in the Philippines”

I. Introduction:

The first time the Reproductive Health Bill was proposed in1998. During the present 15th Congress, the RH Bills filed are those 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. In the Senate, Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago has filed her own version of the RH bill which, she says, will be part of the country’s commitment to international covenants. On 31 January 2011, the House of Representatives Committee on Population and Family Relations voted to consolidate all House versions of the bill, which is entitled An Act Providing for a Comprehensive Policy on Responsible Parenthood, Reproductive Health and Population Development.

The Reproductive Health Bill, informally known as the RH Bill, are proposed laws in the Republic of the Philippines aiming to guarantee universal access to methods on contraception, abortion, fertility control, sexual education, and maternal care.

The presently two bills with the same intended goals are the House Bill # 4244, An Act Providing for a Comprehensive Policy on Responsible Parenthood, Reproductive Health, and Population and Development, and For Other Purposes. Senate Bill # 2378, an Act Providing For a National Policy on Reproductive Health and Population and Development.

II. Acknowledgement:

First and foremost I would like to thank the Almighty God, who guided me through the way. This research project would not have been possible without the support of every person who inspire and help me .To my cousin Meriphene for her great efforts of supervising and giving me some of the ideas about the topic. To my friends and families, they were a great source of support and encouragement. To my mother and father who gave their whole support, warm love, and understanding. To every person who inspire and help me, I thank You All for believing me and inspiring me to accomplish this research work.

III: Body:
The bill mandates the government to promote all effective natural and modern methods of family planning that is medically safe and legal. There is general agreement about its provisions on maternal and child health, its key proposal that the Philippine government and the private sector will fund and undertake widespread distribution of family planning devices such as condoms, birth control pills (BCPs) and IUDs, as the government continues to disseminate information on their use through all health care centers in all place here in the Philippines. Although abortion is recognized as illegal and punishable by law, the bill states that “the government shall ensure that all women needing care for post-abortion complications shall be treated and counseled in a humane, non-judgmental and compassionate manner.” The bill calls for a “multi-dimensional approach” integrates a component of family planning and responsible parenthood into all government anti-poverty programs. Under the bill, age-appropriate reproductive health and sexuality education is required from grade five to fourth year high school using “life-skills and other approaches.” The bill also mandates the Department of Labor and Employment to guarantee the reproductive health rights of its female employees. Companies with less than 200 workers are required to enter into partnership with health care providers in their area for the delivery of reproductive health services. Employers with more than 200 employees shall provide reproductive health services to all employees in their own respective health facilities. Those with less than 200 workers shall enter into partnerships with health professionals for the...
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