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QC Moms Call on Gov’t to Provide RH Care

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POSTED ON 03/18/2014 8:04 PM | UPDATED 03/19/2014 11:42 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court is set to decide on the controversial Reproductive Health law next month.
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In Manila, Women Demand Long-Term Birth Control

POSTED ON 01/24/2014 3:44 PM | UPDATED 01/24/2014 5:18 PM

WOMEN’S CHOICE. Long-term contraceptives like implants are popular among women in the city of Manila. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – List down all the birth control methods Filipino women really want, and implants are definitely a popular choice – at least in the city of Manila – indicating they want birth control for the long term.
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More Pinoy Couples Now Practice Family Planning

By Kathlyn dela Cruz,
Posted at 06/18/2013 5:46 PM

MANILA, Philippines — More Filipino couples are now practicing family planning, therefore slowing the growth rate of the country’s population, an official of the Commission on Population (PopCom) said.

In an interview with radio dzMM Tuesday morning, PopCom Executive Director Rose Marcelino said latest data showed that the population growth rate has decreased from 2.04 percent in 2007 to 1.95 percent in 2010.

Marcelino said more women now use family planning methods to limit the number of their children.

“Kasi ang ating mga kababaihan ngayon ay nakikita na ang benefits kung i-plano nila ang kanilang pamilya,” she said, noting today’s high cost of living.

“Medyo mahirap na mag-maintain ng maraming anak sa isang pamilya,” she added.

Marcelino also pointed out that more married women are now joining the labor force; thus, reducing the possibility of them getting pregnant.

“Kung ang isang babae ay nabibigayan ng pagkakataon na magtrabaho, more or less ‘yung panganganak ay medyo napipigilan.”
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In Tondo, Teenage Mothers See RH Law as a Blessing

Text and photos by Tess Raposas January 31, 2013 8:22pm

When she was barely 13, Lily got pregnant. It was definitely not a matter of choice, but a case of being helplessly led into a situation because of ignorance on one hand, and a family hesitant to entertain curious questions about sexuality on the other. Bring in a pushy boy with equally limited knowledge on the matter, and there’s the inevitable teen-age pregnancy. When he left, Lily had to carry on with the burden alone.

Her friend Bingbing can only feel sympathy for Lily. At 17, Bingbing is due to give birth to her second child in a few months. She lives with her child’s father, but they are not married. Both girls rely on dole-outs from family members and friends, but more often, they have to go scavenging for useable materials from garbage dumps that they can exchange for cash.

Fortunately for Bingbing and Lily, who requested that their names be withheld to protect their privacy, there’s assistance to be had in their community.

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Women Relieved As ‘RH’ Law Takes Effect

January 17, 2013, 6:17pm

MANILA, Philippines — A controversial birth control law came into effect Thursday after more than a decade of bitter opposition from the influential Catholic church, with women saying the change came as a relief.

The government is still threshing out how to implement the law, which proponents say will help moderate the nation’s rapid population growth, reduce poverty, and bring down high maternal mortality.

But Catholic groups have already shifted their battle to the courts, questioning the law’s constitutionality. The church, which counts 80 percent of Filipinos as followers, disallows the use of artificial contraceptives.

A group of women lining up for contraceptives at a non-governmental organization’s health center in a slum area of Manila said the change of law came as a relief.

Housewife Nerissa Gallo, 44, who has already had 16 children, said it would bring contraceptives into the reach of the poor.

She broke into tears as she recalled the difficulty she has faced in raising her children, four of whom died after suffering from diarrhea.

Asked about the church’s opposition, she said: “We don’t pay attention to that. They are not the ones who are giving birth again and again. We are the ones who have to find a way to care for the children.”
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Mom with 22 Kids Says RH Law Came Too Late

by Jason Gutierrez, Agence France-Presse
Posted at 01/17/2013 1:17 PM | Updated as of 01/17/2013 5:38 PM

MANILA, Philippines – A historic birth control law that took effect in the Philippines Thursday after years of opposition from the Catholic Church came too late for Rosalie Cabenan, a housewife who has given birth 22 times.

Frail, with a leathery face streaked with wrinkles, 48-year-old Cabenan suffers from untreated gall stones and constant fatigue because her body has never had the time to properly recover from her successive pregnancies.

“We only wanted three children. But they kept coming and coming,” Cabenan told AFP this week at her ramshackle home in Baseco, a massive slum in Manila where more than 60,000 people compete for space.

“I was always pregnant and there was no time to take care of myself because I had to keep working to help my husband feed the children. I have tried everything, a stevedore (dock worker), a laundry woman, fish monger and a vegetable seller.”

Cabenan had her first child when she was just 14. When she nearly died giving birth to her youngest, who is now six, she finally abandoned the demands of the Catholic Church to not use contraceptives.

A devout Catholic who still goes to mass twice a week, Cabenan nevertheless regrets following the church dogma so strictly and said she welcomed the Responsible Parenthood Law that officially took effect on Thursday.

“I tell women now, please do not be like me. I have too many children, and sometimes I do not know what to do and just cry, especially when they fight,” she said.
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23 Medical Groups Urge Congress to Pass RH Bill

By Philip C. Tubeza
Philippine Daily Inquirer
2:38 am | Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

The Philippine Medical Association (PMA) and 22 other health groups on Tuesday urged Congress to approve the reproductive health (RH) bill.

In a press conference at the Philippine General Hospital, the 23 health care professional organizations, representing 100,000 doctors and nurses, and 167,000 midwives, expressed their support for the RH bill.

“We can no longer turn a blind eye [to the controversy] because we are part of the life-saving solution,” the PMA said in a statement.

“As health care providers we simply cannot be reduced to being for or against the bill because our obligation has and will always be about saving lives, and the longer we stay quiet, the more lives are lost,” it added.

Life-giving provisions

The group presented a manifesto calling for the protection of seven “life-giving” provisions in the RH bill.

These include the provision saying that the “state protect the individual’s freedom to decide what family planning method s/he wants to use (whether natural or artificial), that the bill should have explicit statements against induced abortion, and that the state should protect a couple’s right to decide on their ideal family size.
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