Support the Reproductive Health Bill
  • Petitioned President Benigno Aquino III

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President of the Philippines
President Benigno Aquino III

Support the Reproductive Health Bill

    1. Petition by

      AF3IRM (Association of Filipinas, Feminists Fighting Imperialism, Re-feudalization & Marginalization)

The Philippines is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a mother or a baby. But there’s an incredible opportunity right now to change that.


Each year it is estimated that 230 women die for every 100,000 live births and 4,500 women die annually due to complications resulting from childbirth. 26 infants and 33 children under the age of 5 die for every 1,000 due to various sickness and illnesses that are preventable and curable. Only 62% of births are attended by a skilled physician and 50% of couples practice contraception. The population is sky-rocketing, practically unabated by contraception options, which is directly linked to lower incomes and increased poverty. 


All of this can be changed with the Reproductive Health Bill. This bill advocates for a comprehensive range of programs and services addressing sexual and reproductive health, including education and universal access to both traditional and modern family planning services, all funded by the federal government. It has the potential to save lives and improve quality of life.

Unfortunately, the bill has been held up by legislative and religious debates for two decades, preventing women, especially in lower income groups, from obtaining reproductive health information and services.

Now we have the chance to ask President Benigno Aquino III to change that. While the Catholic Church is strongly advocating for the destruction of this bill, President Aquino III must respect and uphold the separation of Church and State as well as the will of his people. Last year, a survey suggested that a majority in the Philippines supported the bill. 

Tell President Benigno Aquino III that it’s time for him to listen to his people, not the Catholic Church.

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    • Merle Soquila THOERL-MAGLERN, AUSTRIA
      • almost 3 years ago

      I support the Reproductive Health Bill in my beloved homeland, Philippines. And I hope and pray that the Philippine Gov't and the Catholic Church realize that it is an urgent call from the Filipino people and should be implemented immediately. God Bless the Filipino Nation and it's people.

      and should be

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    • Alicia Ogburn PHILADELPHIA, UNITED STATES
      • almost 3 years ago

      This is serious women desperately need this help now. Lets ignore the church, and get this information, and contraception to women now. This is needed right now, get it done, its uegent!!!

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    • Mark Rael MANILA, PHILIPPINES
      • almost 3 years ago

      We can not support our current population. Our uncontrolled population surge is causing more problems to our society & economy. This is the simple truth. To the church, unless you have a better solution to this obvious & critical problem you really should shut your mouths! Frankly, you should go out more into the streets instead of locking yourselves in convents & churches or better get a real job.

      And for the policy makers; you lousy, useless, coward , decadent bureaucrats!! You're so afraid of loosing the support from this "church" come election time that you can not even be decisive in your decisions. Politics and religion should never mix, when will you ever learn?!!

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      • almost 3 years ago

      The black robes & the vatican have dominated peoples lives long enough with their misconstrued doctrine/dogma! Its time for people to wake up & take control of their owns live through education.

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    • M R SEATTLE, WA
      • almost 3 years ago

      I am Filipino and I understand and see how hard it is for women who are not knowledgeable enough about their options and are judged by society about their conditions.

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