Philippines--71% of Filipino adults favor passage of Reproductive Health Bill
Authors of the country's reproductive health bill face tough opposition against leities and clergymen in this predominantly Christian nation. But survey says that they have the backing of the majority of Filipinos.
Seventy-one percent of Filipino adults favor the passage of the Reproductive Health Bill, while 76 percent want family planning education in public schools, the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey revealed.
The Reproductive Health, Responsible Parenthood, and Population Development Act of 2008 or House bill No. 5043 makes artificial contraceptives more accessible to the public through health programs and calls for sex education in schools, among others.
The bill, which has received strong opposition from the Catholic Church and other pro-life groups, needs 120 votes to be approved on second reading in Congress.