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Save the Children: End newborn deaths now

April 15, 2014

In a bid to save millions of newborn lives, Save the Children is calling on world leaders, civil society, and the private sector to commit to five promises Read the rest of this entry »

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PHL has a fast-growing aging population, now at 7.5 million

April 15, 2014

THE Philippines is now classified under World Health Organization (WHO) standards as an aging population, with 7.5 million elderly citizens now and an estimated 14 million elderly by 2040. Read the rest of this entry »

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‘Ruling vs RH provisions a dangerous precedent’

April 14, 2014

MANILA – The Supreme Court (SC) has set a dangerous precedent in striking down key provisions of the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) Law or the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act, according to Associate Justice Marvic Leonen. Read the rest of this entry »

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SC ruling a victory for women

April 10, 2014

In my recollection, no law in the present times has stirred up so much controversy and thrown the clergy and lay into a frenzy of moral didactics, the most destructive of which was calling proponents as caught in the devil’s snare, than the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012. For 14 years, family planning advocates and legislators shed sweat and tears and precious time to work for the confirmation of women’s and families’ right to determine the size of their families and the lawful methods by which to do so. In December 2012, Congress passed such a law — a landmark act by itself as majority of the legislators, on instruction of their spiritual leaders and unfounded fear of losing votes in elections — had hemmed and hewed or wanting nothing to do with it — the President signed it, and in response to the clamor of opponents of the law on the main ground of unconstitutionality, the Supreme Court withheld the implementation of the law through two Temporary Restraining Orders. Finally, yesterday, after months of painstaking study and careful listening to litigants’ oral arguments, the High Tribunal came out with the decision, albeit with reservation on certain provisions, upholding the constitutionality of RA 10354. Read the rest of this entry »

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No more stopping RH Law implementation

April 10, 2014

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines – With its legality upheld by the Supreme Court (SC), Republic Act 10354 or the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act can now be implemented. Read the rest of this entry »

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Philippine Supreme Court upholds historic reproductive health law

April 8, 2014

Millions of Filipinos will finally have universal, free access to contraception and expanded reproductive health education

NEW YORK–(ENEWSPF)–April 8, 2014. After more than a year deliberating the constitutionality of the country’s historic Reproductive Health Law passed in 2012, the Philippine Supreme Court has upheld the law. Read the rest of this entry »

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SC verdict on RH law: Both sides optimistic

April 8, 2014

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines – Long-time reproductive health (RH) advocate Chi Vallido’s daughter was still a young girl when Chi started lobbying for a law mandating universal access to contraceptives and RH services. Read the rest of this entry »

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Responsible parenthood key to inclusive growth – ECOP, MBC, MAP, PCCI

March 26, 2014

Philippine-based businesses have reiterated support for Reproductive Health (RH) Law, urging the government to implement the measure at the soonest possible time, because responsible parenthood is a pillar of that elusive, inclusive growth the administration of President Benigno Aquino III has been aiming for since its took over the helm of government. Read the rest of this entry »

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Business groups back RH Law implementation

March 25, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – Four large business organizations on Tuesday reaffirmed their support for the immediate implementation of the controversial Reproductive Health Law, saying that the statute has already passed both Houses of Congress and deemed Constitutional. Read the rest of this entry »

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Number of teenage pregnancies doubled in Philippines in last decade: study

March 24, 2014

A study in the Philippines has found the number of teenage girls who have become pregnant across the nation has more than doubled in ten years.

Young people in the Philippines have limited access to sex education and sexual health services, especially if they are underage and unmarried. (Credit: AFP) Read the rest of this entry »