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Reproductive Health bill
he
Reproductive Health bill
, popularly known as the
RH bill
, is a Philippinebillaiming to guaranteeuniversal access to methods and information onbirth controland maternal care. The bill has become thecenter of a contentious national debate. There are presently two bills with the same goals: House BillNo. 96 or the Reproductive Health Act and Population and Development Act of 2010 introducedbyAlbay 1st districtrepresentativeEdcel Lagman, and Senate Bill No. 2378 or the Reproductive HealthAct

introduced by SenatorMiriam Defensor Santiago.While there is general agreement about its provisions on maternal and child health, there is greatdebate on its key proposal that the Filipino taxpayer and the private sector will fund and undertakewidespread distribution of family planning devices such asbirth control pills(BCPs) andIUDs, as thegovernment continues to disseminate information on their use through all health care centers. Privatecompanies and the public and private elementary and secondary school system will be required toparticipate in this information and product dissemination as a way of controlling the population of thePhilippines. [1]

 The bill is highly controversial, with experts, academics, religious institutions, and major political figuresboth supporting and opposing it, often criticizing the government and each other in the process. Theissue is so divisive that at one point, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines threatened toexcommunicate the President,Benigno Aquino IIIif he supported the bill.BackgroundThe first time the Reproductive Health Bill was proposed was in 1998. During the present 15th Congress,the RH Bills filed are those authored by (1) House Minority Leader Edcel Lagman of Albay, HB 96; (2)Iloilo Rep. Janette Garin, HB 101, (3) Akbayan Representatives Kaka Bag-ao & Walden Bello; HB 513, (4)Muntinlupa Representative Rodolfo Biazon, HB 1160, (5) Iloilo Representative Augusto Syjuco, HB...
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