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[In the news] In Bataan villages, a war against contraceptives- InterAksyon.com

In Bataan villages, a war against contraceptives

MANILA – A war against modern methods of contraception has been going on in several communities in Bataan province, with some health centers in these villages turning away mothers who seek contraceptives while others have put up signs that erroneously claim that the pill induces abortion.

In many of these barangays, according to EnGendeRights, a nongovernment group that promote equality and reproductive health rights, health workers are intimidated and are “extremely fearful” of losing their jobs.

EnGendeRights made this disclosure last week as it sought to strike down the ordinances passed in at least seven villages in Balanga City that make it unlawful for anyone to sell, dispose or promote contraceptive methods such as the pill, tubal ligation or the intra-uterine device (IUD).

These ordinances are reminiscent of a similar local law in the city of Manila that prohibits health centers from prescribing any form of contraception except the so-called natural family planning method.

“The ordinances prohibit rights that are constitutionally guaranteed.  The ordinances infringe on the rights to reproductive health, equal protection of the law and privacy by unduly restricting access to legal, safe, and effective methods of contraception,” said Clara Rita Padilla, executive director of EnGendeRights.  “These ordinances contribute to the unintended pregnancies and maternal deaths related to pregnancy, childbirth, and unsafe abortion which could be averted with increased access to modern contraceptives.”

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[In the news] 13 measures tackled in 2nd Ledac meeting – www.sunstar.com.ph

13 measures tackled in 2nd Ledac meeting

MANILA (Updated 4:05 p.m.) — President Benigno Aquino III presented 13 priority measures before the members of Congress during the second Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (Ledac) meeting Tuesday.
One of the measures Aquino wanted to be prioritized by Congress is the highly-debated Responsible Parenthood (RP) bill.

In a press briefing after the four-hour meeting, the President said the executive made several amendments to the measure and will make it acceptable to all sectors, particularly to the Church.

Some of the changes he cited were the provision of setting the ideal size of a family, appropriate age for sex education, and the access to artificial contraception methods.

“We try to remove certain issues that can be contentious. We had at least 10 amendments to the measure,” he said.

He added that they agreed to fund the natural family planning and the values formation should be sensitive to the religious affiliation.

Aside from the RP bill, among the measures tackled at the Ledac were:
* Human Security Act of 2007
* An Act Amending the People’s Television Network Rural Electrification Program
* An Act Restructuring the Excise Tax on Alcohol and Tobacco Products
* An Act Providing for the Delineation of the Specific Forest Limits to Public Domain
* An Act Granting Broader Protection for Consumers
* Bills on Protecting Individual Personal Data in Information and Communications Systems in the Government and in the Private Sector
* An Act Reorganizing the Philippine Statistical System
* An Act Imposing Stiffer Penalties for Stealing or Tampering Government Risk Reduction and Preparedness Equipment, Accessories and other Facility Items
* An Act Providing for Additional Benefits and Protection to the Househelpers
* An Act Expanding the Coverage of the Science and Technology Scholarship
* Twenty Percent Balanced Housing

President Aquino said he expects “expeditious” passage of the bills he prioritized in Congress.

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, meanwhile, declined to promise for the “smooth sailing” passage of Aquino’s priority measures, particularly the RP bill.

“With regards to the RP bill, I cannot assure that we passed the version. It will take a full-blown debate in the Senate. But with regards to the proposals of the President we will have to look at them very closely,” Enrile said.

For House Speaker Sonny Belmonte, he said the Congress will give “the same attention” to the new sets of bills regarded as priority by the President.

In relation to the non-inclusion of the Freedom of Information, Aquino said the technical working group he tasked to study the bill still needs to discuss certain matters to both chambers of Congress and various stakeholders. (Jill Beltran/Sunnex)

[From the web] President Aquino’s stand on responsible parenthood – www.gov.ph

The five-point position on responsible parenthood of President Benigno S. Aquino III:

1. I am against abortion.

2. I am in favor of giving couples the right to choose how best to manage their families so that in the end, their welfare and that of their children are best served.

3. The State must respect each individual’s right to follow his or her conscience and religious convictions on matters and issues pertaining to the unity of the family and the sacredness of human life from conception to natural death.

4. In a situation where couples, especially the poor and disadvantaged ones, are in no position to make an informed judgment, the State has the responsibility to so provide.

5. In the range of options and information provided to couples, natural family planning and modern methods shall be presented as equally available.

Posted April 18, 2011

Reference: Press briefing with Secretary Lacierda after the meeting between the CBCP and members of the Cabinet, November 19, 2010