Reproductive Health Bill

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The hungry world cannot be fed until and unless the growth of its resources and the growth of its population come into balance. Each man and woman and each nation must make decisions of conscience and policy in the face of this great problem. The population issue has long been dead and buried in developed and most developing countries, including historically Catholic countries. That it continues to be debated heatedly in our country merely testifies to the lack of progress in policy and action. Our country is facing again a very serious issue that affects our moral values and its culture. Hence, this could really change our lives as Filipinos. This is the issue pertaining to Reproductive Health Bill. Is this bill the answer to the uncontrolled growth in our country’s population? Essentially, we should look into every aspect of it, such as benefits or even the drawbacks that this bill entails. If we take a peek at an online lexicon; Wikipedia, the Reproductive Health Bill, popularly known as the RH Bill is described as a Philippine bill aiming to guarantee universal access to methods and information on birth control and maternal care. There are presently two bills with the same goals: House Bill No. 96 or the Reproductive Health Act and Population and Development Act of 2010 introduced by Albay 1st district representative Edcel Lagman, and Senate Bill No. 2378 or the Reproductive Health Act introduced by Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago. The RH bill has been highly debated by pro-life and pro-choice groups. It has become the center of a contentious national debate. The national debate is seen as part of a wider culture war. Passage or non-passage of the bill has positive or may be negative implications depending on the views. One of the strongest criticisms against the bill, even from its supporters, centers on the penal provisions, which have been called "coercive," a violation of free choice and conscience, and "totalitarian" in its approach to dissenters....
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