Target: Maria Lourdes Sereno, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines
Goal: Praise access to sexual health education and contraceptives for impoverished women
The Supreme Court of the Philippines has recently decided to uphold a contested reproductive health rights law. It was ruled that the law, which requires the government to provide free contraceptives to millions of impoverished women through public health clinics, is constitutional. The law will also ensure that reproductive education is made available to students in all of the country’s schools.
Currently, the birth rate in the Philippines is 25 per 1,000 people, the highest anywhere in Asia. The birth rate is especially high in poorer areas, where contraceptives and sexual education are sometimes inaccessible due to financial constraints or inability to travel. By making birth control publicly available, couples will have a better chance at escaping the cycle of poverty with proper family planning.
Officials moved to strike the law down after claims that it went against the values of Catholicism, a religion to which 80 percent of the Filipino population belongs. Religious groups claimed that the law would undermine the sanctity of marriage and promote promiscuity. The law was upheld, with a survey showing that 72 percent of citizens support the law. The court ruled that it is within the rights of women to have access to contraceptives and reproductive health education.
The Filipino government has made a step forward in protecting couples’ rights to reproductive freedom. Sexual health education and access to contraceptives will improve the quality of life for millions of couples in the country. Thank the Supreme Court of the Philippines for their progress in improving access to reproductive health methods.
Dear Maria Lourdes Sereno, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines,
Recently, the Supreme Court of the Philippines upheld a law guaranteeing free access to contraceptives and sexual health education for impoverished women throughout the country. The law will ensure that public clinics provide birth control and family planning options to couples, while schools will be mandated to provide sexual health education to all students.
The law will protect the reproductive freedoms of millions of couples in the Philippines, as well as help break the cycle of poverty for mothers who cannot afford the financial responsibility of a child. I applaud the court’s decision to uphold the law, which will improve the quality of life of many Filipino citizens.
[Your Name Here]
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