PHILIPPINES: RH Bill Is Not Pro-Poor, Pro-Women – Gabriela


“The RH bill cannot be genuinely pro-poor and pro-women for as long as it espouses population control, which blames poverty on women’s bodies, fertility and population.”  This was part of a statement released by the Gabriela women’s party list last Saturday in its Facebook page.  Gabriela Rep. Luz Ilagan, one of the principal authors of the Reproductive Health (RH) Bill that is still pending in Congress, stated that “the population control provision defeats the objective of creating a health-based, rights-based RH policy.”


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