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Noynoy Aquino defies Church, backs controversial RH Bill 5043

October 20, 2009 6 comments

Aquino defies Church, backs controversial bill
By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 17:07:00 09/28/2009

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III said on Monday he remains firm in supporting the passage of House Bill 5043 or proposed Reproductive Health and Population Development Act even if it means the Catholic church and pro-life groups will not support his presidential bid for 2010.

Aquino said the bill can pave the way for parents’ education in taking responsibility for the growth of their children. The country’s population can balloon to more than 92 million, according to a forecast by the National Statistics Office.

“Whatever they say about my position on the RH bill, I am sticking to it despite the pressure from certain quarters. If I get the support or not of the Church and pro-life groups [for my presidential bid in 2010], it is secondary for my advocacy to get everybody educated on reproductive health,” he said.

“Parents must be reminded they have a responsibility with their children,” Aquino stressed. “I need not go far to see a mother with children having only 10 months gap in between and with the next generation suffering the same poor conditions.”

But even with a law on reproductive health, Aquino said parents should be given independence to decide on how many children they want and whether or not to use natural or artificial methods of contraception.

Aquino said he is not “comfortable” that the government will provide a specific budget in support of artificial family planning. “And it is not right to tell patients that only artificial methods can be used for family planning,” he added.

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SWS survey : filipinos united in support for the RH Bill 5043 – across the board, even among catholics

December 18, 2008 Leave a comment

filipinos united in their support of RH Bill 5043

posted here at 2010 Presidentiables are the results of the october 2008 SWS survey on the RH Bill 5043 and key charts. read in full here: https://2010presidentiables.wordpress.com/sws-survey-overwhelming-support-for-rh-bill-5043/

there is overwhelming support for the RH Bill across all demographics, all areas and even among catholics. the numbers are staggering – dominant support for the RH Bill across all groups.

the support is so overwhelming that the “undecided” across all groupings are even higher than those “not in favor”. more importantly, the “in favor” scores are signigicantly higher even if you add the “undecided” and “not in favor” scores.

in marketing terms, the RH Bill is a clear winner, no question about it. this country is hugely and deeply divided on many national and political issues but  not on the RH Bill. it is probably one of the very few issues in the country where the filipino people are very much united on.

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