The call for the passage of the Reproductive Health Bill was reiterated by members of Gabriela-Negros Women’s Group as they commemorated the centennial year of the declaration of the International Women’s Day at the Bacolod City Public Plaza yesterday afternoon.
Gabriela-Negros and their allied organizations marched from the Negros Occidental Provincial Capitol Lagoon at about 1 p.m. to the public plaza, where they held cultural presentations.
Gabriela chairperson, Nenita Cherniguin, said they are supporting the move to pass the RH Bill because they see the miserable situation of mothers and their children.
She said that because of untimely pregnancies, some poor families have at least ten children and because of lack of job opportunities for their husbands, mothers could hardly provide the needs of their kids.
“Supporting the RH Bill doesn’t mean were curtailing the right of an unborn child to live or we want to kill the children to stop population growth,” Cherniguin said.
Some Gabriela members attended the Church-led Anti-RH Bill rally on February 22 but Cherniguin said they were only forced to join the activity as they were persuaded by their parish priests.
The Kongreso ng Pagkakaisa ng Maralita ng Lungsod, Partido Lakas ng masa, Pagkakaisa ng Manggagawa sa Transportasyon and the Sanlakas- Women in Negros Occidental also commemorated the Day by issuing a statement in support to the passage of RH Bill.
They said that they are for the promotion of women and children’s health and the reproductive health and the rights of women, and that the RH bill contains important legislative measures, to advance and promote women’s health and reproductive rights.
The group added that, if passed, the RH bill will especially benefit poor women who have to suffer the consequences of untimely pregnancies, birth-related maternal deaths, miscarriages and unsafe dangerous abortions.*APN