Target: President Benigno S. Aquino III
Goal: Commend Filipino government for passing bill that will provide birth control to women in poor, rural areas
The Filipino government recently passed a new women’s health bill that will provide easier care and access for women living in the poorer areas of the country who seek birth control, including condoms, birth control pills, and other forms of contraception. The legislation was passed despite strong opposition from certain communities that had stalled the bill for over a decade. Women living in the metropolitan areas can attain birth control and care more easily, and now due to this bill, the poorer population can as well. This bill is a huge step for the Filipino community; the president and the government must be commended for making it happen.
The new reform will provide government health centers located in the poor rural areas with free or subsidized birth control products so that the women living there can access the products more easily. The bill was passed by 13 to 8 in the Senate and 133 to 79 in the House of Representatives, and was finally signed by the president. The measure’s biggest opposition was the Roman Catholic Church and about four out of five Filipinos are Catholic. However, after hard work and revisions, the government managed to get a progressive and beneficial bill passed.
Furthermore, certain local governments had previously forbid the sale of birth control and prevented the distribution of these products within their ordinances. The bill erases all of these unjustified boundaries. On top of this, the bill will also mandate sex education in public schools, and the Philippines has one of the highest birth rates in Asia.
According to the New York Times, the Senate president, Juan Ponce Enrile, stated: “This bill no doubt has inflicted a very wide chasm of division in our society…Families are even divided, mother and daughter differing in their views, husband and wife differing in their views.” Although the bill may still be controversial, it will benefit the population and the women. The bill does not aim to kill babies, its purpose is to keep women healthy and protected. Policymakers did a great thing by passing the bill and they should be commended.
Dear President Benigno S. Aquino III,
I want to commend you and your government for passing the new bill that will provide better birth control access to the poorer women within your nation. These women face poverty and should have the right to decide whether or not they want to have a baby at any stage in life. By passing this law, you are providing better care for your citizens as well.
Even after a decade of stalling due to the Roman Catholic Church, your government pushed through the opposition and managed to pass this legislation helping thousands of women. Thank you for caring for your citizens by providing them with birth control so that they can take a more empowered stance on their own lives.
[Your Name Here]