UP, Ateneo profs voice out support for RH Bill
MANILA, Philippines – Lending more academic backing to a national advocacy, faculty professors from the University of the Philippines and Ateneo de Manila University gave their overwhelming support to the Reproductive Health Bill.
In a joint statement signed by 241 faculty members, the group said “our studied and collective opinion is that House Bill 4244 is a vital piece of legislation. Its passage will mandate policies which will save women’s and men’s lives, improve infant survival, enhance young people’s health and well-being, and enable couples and individuals to make responsible decisions in planning their families.”
They said the bill is also necessary to achieve the goals of “social equity, poverty reduction, and national development. There is overwhelming scientific evidence that these goals can be achieved without resorting to population control.” They said they have been abreast with issues being hurled against the bill, even undertaking their own studies and participating in legislative processes.
“Our reading of HB 4244 is that it is not a population control bill, nor does it violate any other rights and freedoms. HB 4244 in fact promotes the sexual and reproductive rights, the right to health, and the right to informed decision making of all Filipinos but especially the poor, in fulfillment of the provisions of our Constitution and our obligations under international covenants,” they added.
They lambasted the way science has been “misused” by those opposing the bill. “We have seen the misrepresentation of easily verifiable information, such as the actual text of the proposed bill. We have witnessed the misuse of outdated studies, data that have already been disproven, or studies that cannot be replicated to support what are merely ideological positions,” they stressed.
The faculty members also expressed concerns over reports that some teachers offer incentives to students who make or engage in anti-RH activities. “We believe that it is an abuse of our role as value formators to dictate the political actions of our students in this way. We denounce any such violations of our duties to inculcate critical thinking and respect our students’ right to their own opinions. We denounce this, regardless of whether the teacher is for or against the RH Bill,” they stressed.
after about 10 years of delay in congress, anti-RH Bill proponents are saying they are not ready to debate or interpolate the bill in congress. this is shocking to us. the anti-RH Bill proponents are a very organized group, well-funded and with a large membership with the catholic church, the CBCP and catholic lay groups in the forefront. it appears the anti-RH Bill proponents are once again telling a lie.
Birth control opponents not ready to discuss bill, hold up process
By Cynthia Balana
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 17:04:00 03/16/2011
MANILA, Philippines—Proponents of the reproductive health (RH) bill ran into a snag in getting the measure debated on the floor after opponents of the measure declared they would not be ready for interpellation before May.
“We’re hoping that we can break the ice in the interpellation but as of yesterday, the anti-RH forces said that they were not ready to interpellate, but we’re ready to interpellate them,” Minority Leader Edcel Lagman said in a press conference on Wednesday.
Lagman said he was informed by Manila Representative Amado Bagatsing and Deputy Speaker Raul Daza that anti-RH interpellators were not yet ready to ask questions at this time.
“They were telling us that they could start the interpellation when we resume in May. That might be too long, so I would force the issue today or next week,” Lagman said.
Lagman questioned why the resolution containing the articles of impeachment against Ombudsman Mercedita Gutierrez and the proposed postponement of the elections in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao scheduled in August this year were being expedited.
He said the Senate has already announced that it can hold trial only in May should the House decide to impeach Gutierrez.
Two House committees proceeded to approve a bill providing for the postponement of the ARMM elections for plenary debate before public consultations on the issue were held.
in the world of process-laden congress, the anti-RH Bill proponents are telling this lie to delay the debate in congress. it is really just a dilatory tactic. but what they do not realize is that all that it will do is delay the approval of the RH Bill. the people and congress are allfor it and it will only be a matter of time that the bill will finally be debated in congress. and voted on.