The passage of the RH bill in both houses is the fulfillment of the long time wish for the majority of the Filipino people in addressing the socioeconomic and environmental problems of the country that are brought about by an ever-increasing population growth after the bill lays dormant for 13 years.
The Lower House approved the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) bill HB 4244 on second reading.
President Benigno Aquino III noted that the RH Bill has been divisive for too long and the time has come to put the matter to rest.
Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, the main author of the House Reproductive Health (RH) Bill, said that the new version contains amendments which they believe are deemed acceptable to both pro and anti factions of the measure.
The move by the two senators Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III who are against the RH bill employing delaying tactics in the passage of the same is unfortunate.
The Vatican has been in fierce opposition to the use of all contraception including condom, it is for this reason why the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is against the Reproductive Health bill (RH bill).
The Reproductive Health Bill (HB-5043) is the bill sponsored by Representative Edcel Lagman of Albay, whose objective is to generally protect Filipino women especially the poor by giving them access to the right information on their health and pregnancy issues.
Pope Benedict XVI’s declaration regarding the use of condom has sowed widespread confusion among Roman Catholic followers.