Reproductive Health

‘Foreign Affairs’ sees new population bomb

Published by rudy Date posted on January 10, 2010

HERE are excerpts from the cover story by Jack Goldstone of the January-February issue of Foreign Affairs, the world’s most respected journal on international relations.

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Policy makers must see error of population control

Published by rudy Date posted on January 10, 2010

FOR a century now, some analysts of mankind’s situation have been warning against the overpopulation myth.

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Most Metro residents reject Reproductive Health bill – survey

Published by rudy Date posted on January 10, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – Ninety-two percent of Metro Manila residents reject the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) bill pending in the House of Representatives, according to a survey conducted last month.

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Poll thumbs down reproductive bill

Published by rudy Date posted on January 9, 2010

NINETY-two percent of Metro Manila residents have rejected the controversial Reproductive Health bill pending in the House of Representatives, former Environment Secretary Joselito Atienza said Friday.

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No RH bill means no Cha-cha, new tax measures – Lagman

Published by rudy Date posted on January 8, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – The principal proponent of the reproductive health (RH) bill in the House of Representatives vowed yesterday to block the renewed Charter change (Cha-cha) initiative unless the RH bill is passed.

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Population and sense

Published by rudy Date posted on January 6, 2010

Of the many predictions made concerning the new year, probably one of the most sobering has experts saying that the Philippine population will reach 94 million in 2010. The reckoning was made based on an estimated increase of two million new births during the period, at a growth rate of roughly 2 percent annually.

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RP population to reach 94 million

Published by rudy Date posted on January 3, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – With some two million Filipino babies born annually, the country’s population will grow to 94 million this year, an official of the Commission on Population (PopCom) said yesterday.

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Failure to breastfeed killing 90% of babies

Published by rudy Date posted on December 5, 2009

Nine out of 10 babies 6 months old and below are dying in the Philippines because they have not been breastfed by their mothers, a United Nations official said on Friday.

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Teodoro, wife dump population control bill

Published by rudy Date posted on November 30, 2009

ADMINISTRATION standard-bearer Gilberto Teodoro and his wife, Tarlac Rep. Monica Louise Prieto-Teodoro, have withdrawn support for the reproductive health bill, saying it does not address the problem of poverty.

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Overpopulation and the Catholic Church

Published by rudy Date posted on November 20, 2009

Global Networking CALIFORNIA, United States—Senator Noynoy Aquino leads in all the presidential polls that have been taken in the Philippines in the last month, receiving more preferential votes than all his opponents combined.

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Condoms vs global warming

Published by rudy Date posted on November 20, 2009

LONDON – The battle against global warming could be helped if the world slowed population growth by making free condoms and family planning advice more widely available, the UN Population Fund said Wednesday.

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Real agenda

Published by rudy Date posted on November 16, 2009

US State Secretary Hillary Clinton has undoubtedly charmed the Filipinos during her two-day whirlwind visit. Like a true diplomat, she ably traipsed her way through delicate and highly sensitive matters concerning Filipino-American relationship by tactfully emphasizing that we are “partners” in finding solutions to political, socio-economic and cultural problems.

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Hillary makes pitch for reproductive health

Published by rudy Date posted on November 13, 2009

MANILA, Philippines – Aware of opposition to artificial contraception from groups including the Catholic Church, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said yesterday her government would leave it up to the Philippines to decide if it would accept Washington’s offer of assistance in promoting planned parenthood and reproductive rights.

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2 congressmen to fight Reproductive Health Bill; group to push for proposed law

Published by rudy Date posted on November 4, 2009

CEBU, Philippines – Two Cebu congressmen have been very vocal about their opposition to the proposed Reproductive Health and Population Development Act of 2008, saying they will continue to lobby against the bill in the succeeding sessions of the lower house.

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RH bill favors men more

Published by rudy Date posted on November 2, 2009

“FRANKLY, MY DEAR. I DON’T GIVE A damn.” These words from Rhett to Scarlet in the film classic “Gone With The Wind” fittingly summarizes the attitude of most males to the Reproductive Health (RH) bill.

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What is your stand concerning the Reproductive Health Bill?

Published by rudy Date posted on October 30, 2009

Pat Cuilan, Benguet: The RH bill is among the worthy measures that can regulate a population that’s growing faster than the economy. Ruel Bautista, Laguna: The RH Bill is against the Catholic Church’s doctrine. I’ll never be in favor of it.

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UN committee to RP: Pass reproductive health bill

Published by rudy Date posted on October 30, 2009

MANILA, Philippines – Voicing “serious” concern over inadequate reproductive health services and information, low rate of contraceptive use and difficulties in access to artificial methods that contribute to teen pregnancies and high maternal death, a United Nations panel urged the government to pass the Reproductive Health (RH) bill.

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Who’s afraid of the RH bill?

Published by rudy Date posted on October 26, 2009

The valiant efforts of the champion of the Reproductive Health bill, Rep. Edsel Lagman, seems to have fallen on barren ground at the House of Representatives. With two weeks prior to recess, the bill seems to have been de-prioritized and shelved — virtually a cold bill.

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Rational hero

Published by rudy Date posted on October 24, 2009

Last week, I had dinner with fellow Reproductive Health (RH) activists Carlos Celdran, Beth Angsioco, and Ryan Tani and got around to talking about our national hero, Jose “Pepe” Rizal.

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Most aspirants pro-family planning, anti-abortion

Published by rudy Date posted on October 21, 2009

But none seems to consider maternal health as priority Five presidential aspirants on Tuesday declared their position on highly sensitive issues such as birth control and abortion—with most of them favoring state funding for the former and unconditional opposition to the latter—but they hardly impressed reproductive health specialists.

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Four likely palace contenders in favor of contraception

Published by rudy Date posted on October 21, 2009

While they are against abortion, at least four contenders for president in the 2010 elections are in favor of making safe contraceptives accessible to the public in order to help the country achieve the Millennium Development Goals, or MDGs. The Catholic Church, which strongly opposes the use of contraceptives to curb population growth, has warned…

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Presidential wannabes backing RH bill lauded

Published by rudy Date posted on October 20, 2009

MANILA, Philippines—A group pushing for the passage of the Reproductive Health (RH) bill on Tuesday called on presidential aspirants for the 2010 election to keep their commitment in supporting a reproductive health program amid a strong lobby from the influential Catholic church.

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CEDAW to look at Manila women’s violations

Published by rudy Date posted on October 20, 2009

I write this during breaks in the sessions of the 5th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights in Beijing. The conference draws together respected experts and advocates and some 1,000 participants as they discuss and listen to views on issues that are too important to relegate to the back burner. These…

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Noynoy wants contraceptives available in government health centers

Published by rudy Date posted on October 17, 2009

Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino visited Cebu yesterday to rally support behind his presidential bid but he also risked courting another misunderstanding with Catholic Church leaders.

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Contraceptive use linked to cancer among women

Published by rudy Date posted on October 16, 2009

CEBU, Philippines – Birth control pills and other forms of artificial hormonal contraception increase the risk of breast cancer among women, the Human Life International – Pilipinas said yesterday.

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Condoms, napkins needed for typhoon evacuees

Published by rudy Date posted on October 15, 2009

MANILA – Concerned health groups are hoping to give more condoms and toiletries to victims of tropical storm Ondoy, in an effort to respond to reproductive health (RH) problems in overcrowded evacuation centers.

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Doublespeak

Published by rudy Date posted on October 12, 2009

What do the Jesus is Lord Movement, the Iglesia Ni Cristo, the Office of Muslim Affairs, the Council of Christian Bishops of the Philippines, the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches, the Philippines for Jesus Movement, the United Church of Christ in the Philippines, the International Bible Society, the Christian and Missionary Alliance Churches of the…

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Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn

Published by rudy Date posted on October 10, 2009

These ending words from Rhett to Scarlet in the film classic Gone With the Wind fittingly summarizes the attitude of most males to the Reproductive Health, or RH bill Congress is deliberating on.

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Reproductive Health Bill will reduce risk of death during childbirth

Published by rudy Date posted on September 29, 2009

CEBU, Philippines – Senator Pia Cayetano yesterday said that 10 or 11 Filipino mothers die daily in the country because of childbirth complications primarily due to lack of information and services by the government.

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Lawmaker files bill on sex education, abstinence

Published by rudy Date posted on September 28, 2009

A PARTY-LIST representative has filed a bill seeking the implementation of a community-based sex education program that will advocate both abstinence and contraception. Rep. Narciso Santiago of the Alliance for Rural Concerns (ARC) said there is a need for a comprehensive sex education program to provide full, complete, and accurate medical information on sexuality, contraception,…

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