Gabriela and several other progressive groups are in favor of the proposed Responsible Parenthood, Reproductive Health, and Population and Development Act of 2011, Nenita Cherniguin, acting chairperson of Gabriela-Negros, said yesterday.
Cherniguin, who is also vice president of the Gabriela Women’s Party representing the Visayas, said many Catholics are for the RH bill but do not speak out because they are afraid of the influence of the Church.
Gabriela is not in favor of abortion, which the bill does not support, but is for free and informed choices for couples, Cherniguin said.
Couples should have the option to determine the number of their children and their spacing, based on what they can afford and can responsibly take care of, she said.
She also pointed out that the bill does not merely focus on population control, but on the total health of women.
It will even prevent abortion because it will prevent untimely and unwanted pregnancies, she said.
In fact the Gabriela Women’s Party authored one of the six reproductive health bills that became part of the consolidated version, Cherniguin said.
Meanwhile, the Partido Lakas ng Masa said it also supports the Responsible Parenthood, Reproductive Health, and Population and Development Act of 2011 because it stands for the promotion and advancement of women and children’s health and the reproductive health and rights of women.*CPG