As of October 31, 2011 the world’s population reached the 7th billion, and will hit nearly 9 billion by the year 2040.
With up to 4,000 Filipinos being born every day, the Philippines is the 12th most populous country in the world. The country which has the approximate size of the state of Arizona at 116,000 square miles, has an estimated present population of 94 million and could possibly be at 154,000,000 in the year 2050 if the current annual population growth is maintained at about 2.0%.
The Reproductive Health bill, or popularly known as RH bill, is Philippine Bill aiming to guarantee universal access to methods and information on birth control and maternal care. It is a way of helping people to be more advance, well prepared, and to widen up each and every individuals mind setting about our society nowadays.
The bill mandates the government to “promote, without bias, all effective natural and modern methods of family planning that are medically safe and legal”.
Although abortion is recognized as illegal and punishable by law, the bill states that “the government shall ensure that all women needing care for post-abortion complications shall be treated and counseled in a humane, non-judgmental and compassionate manner”.
The bill calls for a “multi-dimensional approach” integrates a component of family planning and responsible parenthood into all government anti-poverty programs. Age-appropriate reproductive health and sexuality education is required from grade five to fourth year high school using “life-skills and other approaches”.
The new law passed after acrimonious debates in the Philippine Congress and the wider political establishment. The Roman Catholic Church hierarchy mounted a vitriolic opposition campaign, despite survey after survey indicating that 70 percent of its own adherents supported public access to contraceptives and sex...