6 August 2012
Women members of the Partido ng Manggagawa joined women groups from the Reproductive Health Advocacy Network (RHAN) at the House plenary session this afternoon to show support to clamor to finally put the RH bill to vote.
“It’s been more than a decade it is time to pass the RH bill. Poor and working women have waited long enough,” explained PM General Secretary Judy Ann Chan-Miranda.
She added that, “Poor women need family planning services and commodities which they cannot afford. Millions of poor women and adolescents are left uninformed about their reproductive health rights and needs. We do want merely want a ‘yes’ vote to the RH bill, we want the provisions intended to address the reproductive rights and needs of poor and working women and adolescents intact,” asserted Miranda.
Partido ng Manggagawa called on the pro-RH legislators from the House of Representatives and the Senate to ensure that the following provisions in the RH bill shall not be comprised:
1. The right of women to choose which family planning method to use, hence, the availability of all range of contraception – natural or artificial – but medically safe;
2. The right of adolescents to age-appropriate sexuality and reproductive health education;
3. The continuation of program on the prevention and management of post-abortion complications, and humane medical treatment of women who have risked unsafe abortion; and
4. The fund allocation to free reproductive health care services and commodities for the poor, especially women and adolescents.