Philippines: Population Bill Supporters Hand Out Condoms on Valentine's Day
February 14, 2011
Advocates on Monday passed out free condoms at a public market in Manila in support of a reproductive health (RH) bill that would boost access to contraceptives and require sex education in the schools. "Happy Valentine's Day! Support the RH bill. Here's a free condom," said supporters. "Love yourself, love your partner, love your family, be safe," said Kaka Bag-ao, a member of congress and bill co-author. The measure would mandate local and national health units provide all forms of family planning to couples, and hospitals provide post-abortion services, without legalizing abortion. The bill has been approved at the House committee level, but it needs the support of two-thirds of the 283-member body to advance, and just over 100 have voiced support. "This is not a choice for the government. The government has the obligation to provide choice to the public," Bag-ao said. President Benigno Aquino III has been in consultations with Roman Catholic Church representatives to negotiate a compromise measure. He has suggested reframing the issue as empowering parents to decide the number of children they want.
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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