8 07 2013

Reproductive health care is a fundamental human right. As such, the full implementation of Republic Act 10354 or the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012 (RH Law) is then necessary for the advancement of reproductive health care here in the Philippines. The RH Law is the national policy upholding reproductive health rights which includes universal access to family planning and reproductive health information and services, and age-appropriate adolescent reproductive health and sexuality education.

Alyansang TAPAT sa Lasallista believes in holding governments accountable for the well-being of its people and is one with the government in its efforts to eradicate discriminatory practices, laws and policies that infringe on human rights. The implementation of the RH Law will enable our government to meet its commitment to its citizens by providing the education and public healthcare services the people need to have better family planning and reproductive health.

The RH Bill was passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate and approved by President Benigno S. Aquino III in December 2012, after having been stagnant in Congress for more than a decade. Last March, however, the Supreme Court issued a Status Quo Ante Order against the RH Law, whose constitutionality had been challenged before the court. The longer the RH Law is denied to the Filipino people, the longer our citizens will suffer maternal deaths and deaths caused by sexually transmitted diseases because of misinformation on matters regarding their reproductive health and the lack of accessible and quality reproductive health services available to the public. TAPAT calls upon the Supreme Court to sustain the constitutionality of the RH Law, given that the Law does not violate and, in fact, upholds the human rights of all persons.





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