It has been a long while since the last update.
While this remained largely stagnant, the articles that remain testify to the very need of the RH Bill in the Philippines. A need that, as of 7:00pm on this date, has been addressed and enacted into law.
I never thought i’d be writing this entry, but I am glad that I am.
Face the Facts was a small but, I felt, a necessary movement. It started from an anti-RH billboard that I saw near Guadalupe station MRT - erected right behind the commercial center, among working class homes and steps away from the squatters area. That particular area is known for being near the most expensive billboards along EDSA (The bench billboards, for those wondering). Money that could have gone into relief operations and care went into propaganda. Of note, while there was a time the billboard was taken down - I saw it again, even nearer EDSA, which means they paid even MORE money to get it to the people.
Meanwhile, and this is with respect to friends who work among the ranks of the extreme secularists: I did not like that the fight, for a time, seemed to be an issue of “your god vs. my god, or non-god”. I was then— a non-practicing Catholic. I believed in God, but I also believed in the RH Bill. I am for secularism, but I wasn’t so hot on the Bible bashing. It wasn’t about whose God it was, it was science; it’s health, it’s blatant misinformation that cost lives.
So, came Face the Facts. It took awhile, eventually the Christian sensibility did come out and joined in the good fight.
I was pessimistic about seeing the bill passed in my generation, I had thought that most Pinoys would listen to the sway of the Catholic Church more than reason. I am so glad to have been proven wrong.
Through Face the Facts, it has been a pleasure to see both sides of the coin. It was interesting to see how people addressed the advocacy. I learned a little more about the Filipino in the process.
In the end, as exhausted as I was with the issue, I am so glad that sense prevailed.
Today, I saw my government work. I believe it is a blessing, and in itself, a miracle.
Thank you to everyone who has contributed, ‘hearted’, and plugged this movement, especially for putting the blog on tumblr radar.
Personal thank yous: to Reis, for being the first one onboard with it. Thank you, Marco and Lauren, for being among the first to plug and mention it in later blog entries. To Vicky Ortega, for those long lunches and for sharing her own insight from her own advocacies in the provinces.
To Cholo Laurel, for allowing me to extend the core of this advocacy via Positivism.
And to Carlos Celdran, who indulged my tiny request for a retweet that got my followers in the hundreds in ONE DAY. Thank you for the good fight. Till the next time I walk your way. ;)
All my love,
http://miamarci.wordpress.com and http://miamarci-ink.tumblr.com
PH Tops Teenage Pregnancy in Southeast Asia -
Ceredeña also cited the NYC’s National Youth Assessment Study that revealed that unplanned pregnancy was one of the main reasons young people do not complete their education.
The UNFPA study indicated the rate of teenage pregnancy in the country at 53 out of 1,000 Filipino women aged 15 – 19.
…The youth official is recommending “Age-appropriate reproductive health education” to address is problem.
Parents, have you talked with your kids? Talked WITH, not AT, not TO. Do they know and understand what sex is, how it’s done, and what could happen?
Without the RH Bill, without proper sex education, the worst can and will continue to happen.
Face the facts today.
Along with flowers and candy, please give the gift of safety.
Happy Valentines Day from Face the Facts.
Abortion Rates Are Higher In Countries Where Procedure Is Illegal, Study Finds -
Worth noting: “Experts couldn’t say whether more liberal laws led to fewer procedures, but said good access to birth control in those countries resulted in fewer unwanted pregnancies.”
A new year, but what have you heard lately about the RH Bill?
Philippine contraception bill causes fierce debate -
A video by BBC.
Tens of millions of people in the Philippines live in poverty and the country also has one of the highest birth rates in Asia.
The government now wants to encourage its citizens to have fewer children, and is putting forward a bill in parliament to provide free contraception.
But many Filipinos are Catholic and the church is unhappy with the bill, Kate McGeown reports from Manila.
Soda-soap mix as contraception - experts are alarmed -
BAGUIO CITY- Young Filipinos have been resorting to a concoction of detergent or bath soap plus cola drink, which they consume after engaging in premarital sex because they believe that the mixture can prevent the transmission of sexually-transmitted infections, a doctor revealed in this year’s national school health and nutrition congress here.
RH Bill not a priority? For how long? And how much longer do we let this go on?
Amnesty International-PH urges Congress to pass RH bill now -
Amnesty International-Philippines appealed to lawmakers not to let 2011 end without the much-needed measure being passed, saying not one more mother should suffer from preventable maternal death.
Aurora Parong, director of AI-Philippines, said Congress should pass the bill that would help millions of women prevent mistimed and unwanted pregnancies, and have safe pregnancies and child birth.
It could also help improve everyone’s enjoyment of sexual and reproductive rights and enhance personal and family relationships.
The bill, which has received staunch opposition from the Catholic Church, is being debated in the Congress, and there is no indication of when it could be put to a vote. Advocates for the bill have embarked on a series of activities to convince lawmakers to pass it soon.
“Ten years of waiting for the enactment of a reproductive health law is too long. Our lawmakers must get their acts together to enact the law before the year ends,” Parong said in a statement.
She also said preventable maternal deaths have been among the biggest problems affecting women in the country and in most developing countries.