Commonly known as the Reproductive Health (RH) Law, its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) were due to come into effect on Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013.However, just 10 days before that, the Supreme Court of the Philippines issued a during which period it would review the petitions challenging the new law itself; oral arguments before the Supreme Court had been set to begin on June 18, 2013, or six months since the enactment by Congress.The Philippines has recently passed a law on Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health after several decades of controversy and public debate.
And poor women typically utilized public health care facilities. Iglesia in Cristo (INC) and Other Christian Groups Support the RH Bill 04-25-11.
In a situation where government was already hard-pressed to finance even the most basic items of public spending, having no national population policy was an unnecessary encumbrance.
Providing services for planning and spacing pregnancies was, thus, one way of alleviating the tax burden. PHILIPPINES: Religious Groups Weigh In on Reproductive Health Debate.
All told, the UP economists believed that RH and FP programs would offer a win-win solution. RH issue expected to reach 2013 polls as bishop insists on ‘Catholic vote.’ rh-issue-expected-to-reach-2013-polls-as-bishop-insists-on-catholic-vote.
This paper gives an outline of the elements of the new RH Law, and closes with a revisit of the many arguments and counter-arguments made for and against the Bill then, and the Law now.
What are the elements of the recently enacted RH Law?
making it highly unlikely that the Philippines would meet Millennium Development Goal No. From 11 women daily dying due to pregnancy and childbirth-related causes based on the 2006 MMR, this number had risen to at least 15 maternal deaths daily as of 2011.
The risks of illness and premature deaths for mother and child alike were known to be increased when mothers, especially young mothers, had too many children that were spaced too closely.
The pregnancy rate among teen-aged girls rose from 39 per 1,000 women in 2006 to 54 more recently.
Parents, who were able to space their children and achieve their desired number, were also more likely to bear the full cost of raising, educating and keeping them healthy. Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health News 2013.