Ateneans for RH Statement of Support for the RH Bill

Declaration of Support for the Immediate Passage of the House Bill 4244, “An Act Providing For A Comprehensive Policy On Responsible Parenthood Reproductive Health, And Population And Development, And For Other Purposes” or more commonly known as the “RH Bill” into Law

Date Created: August 5, 2012
Updated: August 21, 2012
Author: Ateneans for RH Bill

Disclaimer: We are students and individuals (faculty, staff, and alumni) from the different Ateneo universities who support the passage of the Reproductive Health Bill. However, we do not represent the whole Ateneo student body and our respective university administrations. We are supporting the RH Bill in our own individual capacities.

Whereas, House Bill 4244, An Act Providing For A Comprehensive Policy On Responsible Parenthood Reproductive Health, And Population And Development, And For Other Purposes or more commonly known as the RH Bill is a pending bill before the House of Representatives of the 15th Congress;

Whereas, We the undersigned are concerned citizens of the Republic of the Philippines and members of the Ateneo community;

Whereas, We the undersigned are becoming increasingly concerned by the rising number of maternal deaths as a result from the lack of adequate maternal care in the Philippines;

Whereas, We the undersigned are alarmed by the growing number of unplanned teenage pregnancies in the Philippines;

Whereas, We the undersigned recognize that the right to reproductive health that is manifested through access to various birth control methods, maternal healthcare, education, etc. is a fundamental right that must be given to all Filipinos;

Whereas, We the undersigned affirm that the RH Bill neither supports nor condones abortion;

Whereas, We the undersigned believe in the promotion of responsible parenthood that is advocated by the RH Bill, and its importance in reducing poverty in the Philippines;

Whereas, debates on the RH Bill were formally terminated through a motion approved last August 6, 2012 on the House floor;

Wherefore, given that the Bill shall be subjected to amendments, we hereby call on all our legislators to:
a. Accommodate relevant amendments from the different interest groups, keeping in mind the principles the bill wishes to uphold;
b. Ensure that the bill reflects the will and the needs of Filipino families;
c. Speedily ratify and approve the provisions of HB 4244 thereafter for immediate transmission to the Senate;
d. Ratify and submit the bill for the immediate approval of the President of the Republic of the Philippines;

Wherefore, we the undersigned hereby call on all our legislators from the House of Representatives and the Senate to vote to pass the RH Bill in good conscience and with due regard to the needs and wishes of their constituents, the Filipino people.

Sincerely, the undersigned.

(Click on the source link below to view the signatories on the original document)

SOURCE: http://www.scribd.com/doc/103435223/Ateneans-for-RH-Declaration-of-Support-for-the-Immediate-Passage-of-House-Bill-4244

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