National policy on reproductive health needed, say population workers
Manila (4 August) -- To commemorate the celebration of Family Planning Day (August 1), an organization of population officers and workers issued a statement of support for the passage of a national policy on reproductive health.
Amid fierce opposition by some members of the Catholic Church hierarchy and its allied groups, the League of Population officers and workers (LEPOWPHIL) remains firm in their support for the controversial Reproductive Health bill. In a resolution, LEPOWPHIL expressed their unequivocal and full support for the passage of the bill.
According to reports, ten mothers die everyday due to pregnancy and child-birth complications while one out of six women has an unmet need for family planning. A study of the Guttmacher Institute in 2006 says that nearly half of the 3.1 million pregnancies every year end in induced abortion or unplanned birth.
The March 2007 Pulse Asia's Ulat ng Bayan says that nine in ten Filipinos consider family planning important and that they think it is important for the government to support modern methods of family planning including the pill, intra-uterine devices (IUD), condoms, ligation and vasectomy.
"We are aware of this, we have full grasp of the real situation in the community that is why we have every right to say that a national policy on reproductive health is needed. We know the sufferings of women in the community and their desire to access reproductive health services," said Ms. Evangeline Golveque, LEPOWPHIL National President.
"That is why despite the controversies hounding the reproductive health bill, we remain strong in our support for its passage. In fact it is our duty to correct and clarify any misinformation about the issue," she stressed.
The League of Population Officers and Workers of the Philippines (LEPOWPHIL) is an organization of population workers nationwide. (PIA-MMIO) [top]