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Magna Carta for Women and RH Bill Compared


The yellow column on the left shows the parts of the Magna Carta for Women that deals with Reproductive Health. The blue column on the right details SOME of the RH Bill’s provisions. DO THEY LOOK IDENTICAL?

Oh, but wait, actually there’s still ANOTHER page needed for the RH Bill. Here it is…



RH Redundant? Miriam: Show Me the Same Law!

by Ayee Macaraig

Posted on 09/20/2011 8:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines — Debate over the Reproductive Health (RH) bill sizzled Tuesday as Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago challenged claims by Sen. Vicente “Tito” Sotto III that it is redundant.

During the Senate debate, Sotto said the RH bill is unnecessary, citing existing laws like the Magna Carta of Women and Philippine AIDS Prevention and Control Act that already address the same issues. Sotto was interpellating RH bill co-author Sen. Pia Cayetano when Santiago took to the podium and interjected, “Assuming for the sake of argument only that it is redundant, why is there so much opposition to it?”

Santiago, a co-author of the bill, said that while the RH bill is consistent with the principles underlying the Magna Carta of Women, it has two provisions not found in any existing law: access to family planning (Section 7), and the inclusion of family planning supplies as essential medicines (Section 9).
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Pia: Far From Being Redundant, the RH Bill is an Urgent, Necessary Measure

Press Release
August 30, 2011

The Reproductive Health (RH) Bill cannot be dismissed as a mere duplication of existing laws. Far from it, the measure’s passage would lead to the adoption of a clear-cut and cohesive national policy on reproductive health and responsible parenthood that should guide the programs of the Department of Health (DOH) and local government units (LGUs).

This was stressed by Senator Pia Cayetano at the continuation of plenary debates at the Upper Chamber last week on Senate Bill No.2865, the proposed ‘National Reproductive Health Act of 2011.’

Answering interpellation questions from RH bill critic and Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III, Cayetano, one of two principal sponsors of the measure, disputed the former’s contention that the RH Bill was unnecessary since it was merely duplicating existing laws.

“To say that [the RH Bill] is unnecessary simply because there are other laws that touch on a similar matter� [is not] a sufficient reason not to pass this law,” she emphasized.
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Magna Carta ≠ RH

With talks and debates about the RH Bill becoming so heated, there are more and more parties coming out declaring their stances but recently an anti-RH liegislator declared that the RH Bill is redundant because its provisions were already covered under the Magna Carta for women Sections 17 and 19. Well, in a short while you’ll find that this is not so.

Zambales Rep. Maria Milagros Magsaysay said that if lawmakers who have been pushing for the passage of the bill aim to providing women access to contraceptives, it is already included in the Magna Carta for Women.

“May existing law na protect health of women. If they want to have women to access to pre-natal and post-natal care, it is already in the Magna carta, it is an existing law we passed during the 14th Congress,”


I’ve posted both those parts here.

(a) Comprehensive Health Services. – The State shall, at all times, provide for a comprehensive, culture-sensitive, and gender-responsive health services and programs covering all stages of a woman’s life cycle and which addresses the major causes of women’s mortality and morbidity: Provided, That in the provision for comprehensive health services, due respect shall be accorded to women’s religious convictions, the rights of the spouses to found a family in accordance with their religious convictions, and the demands of responsible parenthood, and the right of women to protection from hazardous drugs, devices, interventions, and substances. Access to the following services shall be ensured:
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