After a decade of long battle, the Philippines’ legislature approved the most controversial House Bill No. 96 authored by Rep. Edcel Lagman, also known as Reproductive Health and Population and Development Act of 2010 which was approved by the legislative body last December 17, 2012, a landmark piece of legislation that will allow the government to provide basic funding for sex education and contraceptives.
Actually, this was introduced more than 10 years ago, but this has stayed so long in the legislature because of strong opposition from the Catholic Church and its allies in government. There are six bills pertaining to reproductive health and/or population management that have been filed for deliberation in both the House of Representatives and the Senate for the 15th Congress.
Many thought that the bill would never pass, because the country has been divided in its stand; the church, particularly the Roman Catholics are too strong and are very emphatic in their opposition about the said issue. However, pro RH bill supporters have expressed and fought for their thoughts and have found an ally in President Noynoy Aquino, who took office as President of the Philippine Republic in 2010. The Reproductive Health Bill will have its wide implications for improving the health and lives of women throughout the country. After researching about this bill, I have learned about the many advantages that will help the Filipinos especially the youth in uplifting their social and moral values. Contrary to what other people believed, I also support the pro RH Bill because from my point of view, it provides many advantages. I would like to raise my opinion on the following issues which I have researched extensively regarding the RH Bill:
The RH Bill is anti-life – It is, in fact, pro-quality life, because it will ensure that all births are planned and wanted by their parents. The bill is not against the birth of...