WYA Asia Pacific Response to “The Responsible Parenthood, Reproductive Health and Population and Development Act of 2011”

The Responsible Parenthood, Reproductive Health and Population and Development Act of 2011 violates international human rights to freedom of conscience, thought and belief that are enshrined in Philippine law.

These rights are protected in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and CulturalRights, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and CEDAW, all of which have been ratified into Philippine law.

The following passages in the current bill violate rights to freedom of conscience, thought and belief, and include punitive measures for those who exercise these rights:

RH bill. SEC. 7, Ln. 9-10

RH bill. SEC. 8, Para. 2, Ln. 26-29

RH bill. SEC. 12, Ln. 25

RH bill. SEC. 16, Ln. 4-5

RH bill. SEC. 16, Ln 10-11, (a)

RH bill. SEC. 16, Ln. 27

RH bill. SEC. 17

RH bill. SEC. 18

RH bill. SEC. 20, Ln. 24-25

RH bill. SEC 22

RH bill. SEC. 28(a)(1)

RH bill. SEC. 28(a)(2)

RH bill. SEC. 28(a)(3) Ln. 5-9

The Responsible Parenthood, Reproductive Health and Population and Development Act of 2011 will be presented to the Appropriations Committee on the morning of Feb 8th, 2011. If passed in this committee, the bill will be referred to the Committee on Rules, which will schedule the bill for plenary voting. 

It is critical for individuals to act now by contacting their Congressional Representative to ask them to protect basic human rights by voting against this bill. Only a vote against this bill will protect these basic human rights in Philippine law.

 To find your Congressional representative’s contact information, go to this link:

 by province: http://www.congress.gov.ph/members/index.php?v=province&congress=15

–  by name: http://www.congress.gov.ph/members/