Archive for the ‘Contraceptive Clamor’ Category

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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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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Manila Hospital, No Stranger to Stork, Awaits Reproductive Health Bill’s Fate

Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital in Manila delivers more babies than any other facility in the Philippines.

Published: November 9, 2012

MANILA — In the main ward at Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital, 171 women and nearly as many newborns share fewer than 100 beds. Dozens more expectant mothers line the street outside, some sleeping on the sidewalk while waiting to get in.

The women, most of whom cannot afford to give birth at a private hospital, move through a type of controlled chaos from the street, to the labor room, to the delivery room, to the maternity ward and back out the door, usually in less than 48 hours.

“It’s a never-ending story, 24 hours a day, every day,” said Dr. Romeo Bituin, who added that the government-run maternity hospital was legally required to serve as a safety net for the poor. “We can’t reject patients. If we turn them away, where will they go?”
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Philippines Birth Control: Filipinos Want It, Priests Don’t


In the Philippines, access to contraceptives is limited for the most part to those with the means to pay. The Catholic Church has fought a “reproductive health bill” in the legislature that would change that.

Women share beds after giving birth at Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital in Manila. The Philippine capital is one of the most densely populated places on Earth. A ban on contraception at public clinics there has put birth control out of the reach of most of the city’s poor. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)

By Kenneth R. Weiss, Los Angeles Times
July 22, 2012
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MANILA — Shortly after sunrise, a woman with soulful eyes and short-cropped black hair hurried down a narrow alley in flip-flops, picking her way around clusters of squatting children, piles of trash and chunks of concrete.

Yolanda Naz’s daily scramble had begun. Peddling small shampoo packets in the shantytown of San Andres, she raced to earn enough money to feed her eight children.

She went door to door in the sweltering heat, charming and cajoling neighbors into parting with a few pesos. After several hours, she had scrounged enough to buy a kilo of rice, a few eggs and a cup of tiny shrimp.
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