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UN: Anti-RH Policies of Ex-Manila Mayors Atienza and Lim Drove Constituents Deeper Into Poverty

By: Tricia Aquino,
May 4, 2015 8:04 PM

MANILA – A United Nations committee says that two executive orders of former Manila mayors Jose Atienza, Jr., and Alfredo Lim got in the way of women’s access to reproductive health services and contraceptives, consequently driving many constituents further into poverty as they were unable to manage the number of their children and suffered the consequences of unplanned pregnancies, unsafe abortions, and maternal deaths.

This was contained in a report issued last month by the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women.
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U.N. Calls Contraception a “Universal Human Right”

THURSDAY, NOV 15, 2012 02:20 AM CST

For the first time, the United Nations has said that access to family planning should be a human right


(Credit: Calek)

The United Nations Population Fund has for the first time declared access to contraception as a “universal human right,” CBS reports. From the UNFPA’s “State of the World Population 2012,” issued today:

All countries should take steps to meet the family-planning needs of their populations as soon as possible and should, in all cases by the year 2015, seek to provide universal access to a full range of safe and reliable family-planning methods and to related reproductive health services which are not against the law. The aim should be to assist couples and individuals to achieve their reproductive goals and give them the full opportunity to exercise the right to have children by choice.

Although the report has no legal effect, it “effectively declares” that placing barriers to family planning measures are an infringement of women’s rights. UNFPA executive director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin said, “Not only does the ability for a couple to choose when and how many children to have help lift nations out of poverty, but it is also one of the most effective means of empowering women. Women who use contraception are generally healthier, better educated, more empowered in their households and communities and more economically productive. Women’s increased labour-force participation boosts nations’ economies.”

The U.N. report concluded that effective family planning initiatives could save $5.7 billion worldwide.

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UN in the Philippines Urges Passage of Reproductive Health Bill

05 August 2012

The United Nations in the Philippines issued today the following statement.

More than 40 years ago, during the International Year for Human Rights, the Philippines joined the global community in proclaiming that individuals have a basic human right to determine freely and responsibly the number and spacing of their children.

Since then, the Philippines has ratified international conventions that recognize these rights, such as the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The Philippines also became a signatory to the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and the Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action, among others.

In 2000, along with 191 other UN member states, the Philippines committed to fully support the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) when it signed the Millennium Declaration. MDG 5, which aims to reduce maternal death and provide universal access to reproductive health, is, however, the goal that is least likely to be achieved by the Philippines by 2015.

In the recent Family Health Survey (FHS), which was conducted in August-September 2011 with a recall period of six years for the data, it was estimated that for every 100,000 live births, there are 221 women dying due to complications of pregnancy and childbirth. This was a 36% increase from the 2006 Family Planning Survey data, which showed 162 estimated deaths per 100,000 live births. The FHS also estimated that, across all regions in the Philippines, the number of girls 15-19 years old who have delivered live births was 54 per 1,000 live births from 39 in 2006. For the 20-24 age group, the increase was to 159 per 1,000 live births from 149 in the 2006 survey.
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WHO on RH bill: No Politics, Just Facts


Posted on 08/03/2012 6:14 PM | Updated 08/03/2012 6:25 PM

BASIC FACTS. The World Health Organization says the RH bill must not be misused as a political tool. File photo from Newsbreak BASIC FACTS. The World Health Organization says the RH bill must not be misused as a political tool. File photo from Newsbreak

MANILA, Philippines – It’s not about political pressure. It’s about the facts.

An official of the World Health Organization (WHO) belied statements of critics of the Reproductive Health (RH) bill that the measure should not be passed just because of pressure from international bodies.

WHO Country Representative to the Philippines Dr Soe Nyunt-U reiterated the need to pass the RH bill, saying it is an issue of reproductive health and responsible parenthood, and “should not be misused as a political tool.”

“We are organizations that do not take sides. What we want to do is to provide the basic facts and figures about the issues and considerations,” Soe told select media representatives on Friday, August 3.

Debates on the RH bill again heat up ahead of a crucial vote in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, August 7. The vote will determine whether the debates in Congress will be prolonged or the measure will finally enter the period of amendments.
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(Video) Bilang ng mga Nabubuntis na Teenager sa Bansa, Lumobo ng 70 percent

Umakyat na sa 70% ang mga nabubuntis na teenager sa Pilipinas sa nakalipas na 10 taon. Dahil dito, muling nabuhay ang panawagan para sa pagsasabatas sa kontrobersyal na Reproductive Health Bill. Nagpa-Patrol si Niko Baua. TV Patrol, Abril 28, 2012, Sabado

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04/28/2012 10:02 PM


Teenage Pregnancies in Philippines Rise 70-percent Over 10 Years – UNFPA

27-Apr-12, 4:14 AM | Philippine News Agency

LEGAZPI CITY, Albay – Teenage pregnancies in the Philippines surged by 70 percent over one decade, a ranking official of the United Nation Population Fund Agency (UNFPA) said on Monday.

Ugochi Daniels, UNFPA country representative, said the rising number of teenage pregnancies in the country is an area of concern that the agency is giving serious attention to, exposing as it does adolescent girls (10 to 19 years old) to high risk.

Daniels said a strong advocacy campaign is needed to educate and advise young Filipinas about the dangers posed by early pregnancies, and to inform them about reporductive health in general.

She added that the teen pregnancy concern, if not given focus, can derail and affect the country’s program targets with respect to its Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
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WHO, UN Body Say Phl Needs RH Law

By Sheila Crisostomo (The Philippine Star) Updated April 21, 2012 12:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) cited yesterday the need for the Philippines to have a law on reproductive health (RH) to institutionalize policies and programs on maternal and child health.

In a press conference highlighting “162 to 52 Summit on Maternal and Child Health,” UNFPA Country Representative Ugochi Daniels said without an RH law, efforts to prevent mothers and children from dying depend on the “coalitions of women who do advocacies to potentially win partnership at the local level.”

“What a national policy will ensure is that the reproductive state of the Filipinos is protected and mandated at the national level,” she said.

WHO Country Representative Dr. Soe Nyunt-u agreed that the “RH bill is of paramount importance for the welfare of the Filipino people.”
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