Target: Members of the Congress of the Philippines
Goal: Require reproductive health education in schools and provide access to contraceptives in poor and remote areas.
Poverty-stricken Filipinos do not have access to contraceptives, are not taught reproductive health in school, and are not aware of modern family planning. As the country’s population increases it is necessary for Congress to pass legislation requiring reproductive health education, and access to contraceptives in poor and remote areas. Please sign this petition and urge the Congress of the Philippines to pass current legislation that would extend reproductive education and access to low income or no income citizens.
According to the Philippine National Statistics Office, the Philippines population is just reaching 96 million, with 30% of Filipinos living below the poverty line. Maternal mortality rates have increased from 11 women dying per day to 15, from 2006 to 2010. And the Philippines is one of seven countries in the world where HIV rates are increasing. These issues often affect poor citizens who are unaware of reproductive health, prevention, or family planning due to lack of education and access to resources. In a country largely influenced by the Catholic Church–81% of Filipinos are devout Roman Catholic–progressive lawmakers have struggled to pass legislation mandating comprehensive health education and resources for citizens.
The Reproductive Health bill has been in limbo for 14 years in the face of opposition from religious leaders and the subsequent impact they have in the country. According to CNN, “The proposed law requires the government to provide contraceptives, information on modern family planning methods at public health centers and comprehensive reproductive health curriculum in schools.” Despite these rather tame provisions offering opportunity and choice, the Catholic Church sees the bill as a government infringement into their moral and religious realm. Catholic officials believe the moral standard of the country will degrade with the increase in abortions via chemical contraceptives. Abortion is illegal by law in the Philippines.
Please sign this petition and urge members of the Congress of the Philippines to support the Reproductive Health bill that would extend reproductive health education and access to poor Filipinos.
Dear Members of Congress,
I am writing to implore you to support the Reproductive Health bill that would extend reproductive health education, information, and access to poor citizens in remote areas in the Philippines. It is absolutely crucial that you empower your citizens, regardless of economic class, with options and the education necessary to make the right choices for themselves and their families. As maternal mortality and HIV rates increase with the population, the government must implement policies that prevent unnecessary death and sickness.
Without comprehensive reproductive curriculum in schools, there is no way for children to understand the repercussions of sexual relations. In the 14 years that this bill has been in limbo, millions of unwanted children have been born into poverty, thus extending generational poverty and straining scarce resources. Poor women are having children at the highest rates because many of them do not even know what contraceptives are, let alone how to utilize them in family planning. With 30% of the Filipino population already living below the poverty line, it is safe to say this number will increase with the number of unexpected children born from uneducated women.
Please support the Reproductive Health bill and provide all Filipinos with an equal opportunity to education and access to reproductive health resources in an effort to prevent unwanted pregnancies, afford the right to opportunity, and decrease maternal mortality and HIV rates.
[Your Name Here]
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