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[From the web] The right to live a life of human dignity (CHR on RH Bill) – www.chr.gov.ph

13 May 2011

Good afternoon.

The past few weeks made us witnesses to impassioned debates surrounding the Reproductive Health Bill, with one side of the bench labeling itself as pro-choice and the other, pro-life. Controversial social legislations such as this generate heated public attention and for good reason – it opens up a democratic space for the public to participate in the creative process of legislation. Unfortunately, the cacophony of opposing positions and disparate opinions seems to have drowned out focus on what the issue is really about: THE RIGHT TO LIVE A LIFE OF HUMAN DIGNITY.

More than morality and anti-poverty, Reproductive Health is foremost about Human Rights. Reproductive Health is about the right of every person – regardless of sex, gender, age, social status, political or religious conviction – to the highest attainable standard of health. It is about the right of the woman to know how to take care of herself, take full control of her body and make life-changing decisions. It is about the right of everyone to information and the right to an informed choice on whether or not one wants to bring a new life into the world. It is about the right of the woman, the man and the child to live a life free from threats of diseases, hunger and want. It other words, Reproductive Health is about every single person having a shot at a life worthy of a human being. All these are human rights which the government of the Philippines is obligated to respect, protect, fulfill and promote under our Constitution and the various international treaties we signed and ratified.

The Commission on Human Rights, as the Gender Ombud under R.A. 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women, shall issue a comprehensive advisory on Reproductive Health in the next few days. In the meantime, may we enjoin the public to be guided by reason and not be overwhelmed by inordinate passion. After all, we are actually on the same side when we say that we are anti-abortion, anti-corruption, anti-poverty, pro-life and pro-choice.

Commission on Human Rights

[Event/In the news] Viewers can participate in ‘RH Bill: The Grand Debate,’ airing May 22 on GMA News TV – – GMA News Online – Latest Philippine News

Viewers can participate in ‘RH Bill: The Grand Debate,’ airing May 22 on GMA News TV – – GMA News Online – Latest Philippine News.

“RH Bill: The Grand Debate”
8:45 to 10:45 p.m.
May 22, 2011
on GMA News TV Channel 11

The definitive debate on the Reproductive Health Bill, the most divisive issue facing the country today, airs May 22 from 8:45 – 10:45 pm only on GMA News TV.

No ordinary debate, GMA News and Public Affairs has given participants of ‘RH Bill: The Grand Debate’, weeks to carefully prepare their oral arguments. This guarantees every important aspect of the debate will be represented.

The debate’s umbrella question is this: Are you for or against the controversial House Bill No. 4244, also known as the Reproductive Health Bill?

Three motions or sub-topics will be tackled by the debaters: RH Bill as pro-choice, RH Bill as pro-poor and the RH Bill as being pro-women. After presenting each side, interpellation will proceed.

This early, anti- and pro- RH Bill representatives from the government, religious groups and the women’s sector are working on their arguments. A three-man team will serve as panel of reactors. The reactors will base their comments solely on the merits of the debate and not on their personal opinions about the issue.

The public can already participate in an online debate by sharing their opinions using the hash tags #proRH or #antiRH on Twitter.

GMA News and Public Affairs is keeping the list of participants and reactors under wraps at this point but for sure RH Bill: The Grand Debate will be hosted by respected news anchor Mel Tiangco. Ably assisting her will be GMA News TV personalities, Pia Arcangel and RJ Ledesma, former competitive collegiate debaters.

[In the news] Mixed reviews for Aquino on RH | Sun.Star

Mixed reviews for Aquino on RH | Sun.Star.

By Justin K. Vestil and Rebelander S. Basilan
Monday, April 25, 2011

CEBU CITY – President Benigno Aquino III’s pronouncement that he will fight for the passage of the Reproductive Health (RH) Bill was music to the ears of pro-choice advocates, but it angered pro-life groups who now rate the President’s credibility “below zero.”

Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma said he is saddened that the President does not seem to have studied the Catholic Church’s stand against the bill.

Read full article @ Sunstar.com.ph(Link above)

[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


Beyond Contraception or Abortion: Passing RH Bill 4424

Blog by Dekonztruktschon
Blogger: Rodrigo Rivera


There is a strong support coming from the academics on the passing of the Reproductive Health Bill 4424, from both the secular and religious universities in the country. Sectoral groups representing the GLBTC population strongly supports the passing of the said bill. The Catholic Church, however, through the CBCP derails its enactment as it needs to do so being the moral guardian for the sanctity of life and the protection of the religio-cultural orientation of its followers.

Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion on the passing of the said bill. But it pays to be informed before expressing a strong opinion. This informed decision will have to consider looking at the issue in its various angles, ruling out what the bill is not and establishing what it is really for, compared against what various sectors say.

A national survey on public opinion may not be necessary, although based on the Pulse Asia’s recent survey,conducted  in October 2010,  69% or almost 7 out of 10 Filipinos would approve of its passing, while back in October 2008 under PGMA’s administration more people (82%) are in favor of it.

Media reports also present disparate information, with claims on being backed up by the same research methodology, even the data that they present were a little short, an exaggerated figure if not invalid and unreliable. An online newspaper reports a different condition, that in 2009 more Filipinos (96%) are not in favor of passing the RH Bill.

The media is presenting multifarious views to the issue, using the vantage points of the church, solons, common people, academics. If one is not following these threads of information, it is easier to be trapped on a single-sided perspective. The legislators are also dividided on the question as to whether pass the bill or not.

RH Bill 4424 is not totally new, this consolidated version has gone several revisions to consider other views and angles. So far, it is comprehensive. On the challenges of the church, one may not find textual evidences that it is intended to kill life of the unborn, control the population or degrade the sanctity of marriage. It is comprehensive because it goes beyond the issues of contraception or abortion as it seeks to protect the life of the woman and the dignity of a married couple in making choices for their family.

More than that of protecting the woman, her identity, her sexuality and the promotion of social equity. The Bill imposes on the government a responsibility to consider fundamental rights to make a choice for life – without curtailing the right of the unborn. It would allow access to universal reproductive health care, access to vital information, and services for men, women and children regardless of their sexual orientation.

RH Bill 4424 is not only liberal, but also emancipating for the nation and the state to be more open, concern and conscious of the people’s reproductive health and the human sexual nature. It is emancipating because it will free people from the bondage of being ill-informed of their reproductive health, of sex and of sexuality. On sex education – the bill is clear to promote values, although ambiguous on what values should be promoted.

But, RH Bill 4424 is just the first step. If it is not passed, where do we go next?   It pays to be informed, while it costs allot to be ill-informed. RH Bill is not just about contraception, abortion or population control. It is about ensuring quality life and healthy lifestyle for every one in the state.

The highest moral obligation of the Filipino is not only to the protection of his ideosyncracy or belief, but to his kapwa, to the very least who can not afford to manage his family, or give his wife the reproductive health care she needs, and to those unknowing of the difference between healthy and unhealthy sexual lifestyle or the dignity of  gender, sex and sexuality.