• 7 out of 10 Pinoys voice approval


    As the country waits with bated breath for the Supreme Court (SC) ruling on the controversial Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012, or the Reproductive Health (RH) Law, the Social Weather Stations (SWS) in its latest survey said 70 percent or seven out of 10 Filipinos are in favor of the law.

    The March 2014 survey reaffirmed previous findings and showed that many Filipinos, Catholics included, support the RH Law and only 7 percent do not. Specifically, it showed that 84 percent of the respondents agree that the government must provide free family planning services to the poor.

    The survey also showed that 68 percent of the respondents are aware of the RH Law and 72 percent are in favor of it while only 13 percent are not. Also, the survey found that 77 percent agree that the RH Law is constitutional and only 9 percent disagree.

    The latest survey was conducted from March 27 to 30, 2014. The pollsters interviewed 1,200 adults nationwide, broken down as follows: Metro Manila, 14 percent; Luzon, 44 percent; Visayas, 19 percent; and Mindanao, 23 percent. It was commissioned by The Forum for Family Planning and Development.

    Among those surveyed, 26 percent had no spouses or partners; 59 percent were married; and 14 percent had partners.

    According to economic category, four percent were from the ABC income bracket; 76 percent from the D bracket; and 20 percent from the E bracket.

    In terms of educational attainment, 13 percent had none to some education; 29 percent reached elementary and some high school; 44 percent had high school and vocational courses; and 14 percent had college and post-graduate education.

    The landmark law seeks to provide family planning services, sex education and maternal care to help people, especially the poor, in caring for their children. By controlling population growth, the law aims to reduce poverty, stop unwanted pregnancies and lower the rate of abortions in the country.


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    1. Pete Gabriel on

      It is long overdue. The catholic church is so opposed to this bill but the solution they are offering does not work, will not work, so they will appeal to putting the fear of God in the Filipinos heart. It is also a crime against God when we keep having babies but we do not have a means to feed them all. The priest are getting rich but they are not sharing that wealth to the people. They enjoy a lot of tax breaks from the government, but they are the first ones to oppose the government when it does not favor their cause. Enough of this hypocrisy let the Filipinos move on with the 20th century.

    2. Those 72% who are in favor are aware of RH law, but do not understand it. They don’t even know they are doped by the propaganda machines of the profit-oriented pharmaceutcal companies to take these health-danger family planning drugs at them same time making them believe it’s alright; they don’t know that those pro-RH law congressmen and senators had sold their souls to the pharmaceutical companies for millions to be traitors of their own people who elected them in position; and they don’t know that these family planning pills and drugs causes harm to both the mother and baby with permanent damage and high cost of medical care and treatment. That is how uninformed these 72% are who fixate their eyes on the soft-opera tv series or bread-and-circus nba games all the time that they don’t have a minute to read or research on the bad side of the RH law. They are trendies who go with what the others favor even if it kills them. At least they die a happy trendy. They are like the women’s liberation group in the early 50s who had no slightest idea that the cigarette companies financed their movement and hyped up their women’s right to seek equality with men, smoking cigarettes that killed most of these women lib members because of lung cancer. What a sad ending it will be for these 72% mothers and their babies.

    3. the reason the Philippine catholic bishops are trying to stop the RH bill is not for a cause for morality, it is a question of retaining power over the Philippines.
      due to the inroads of the protestant churches into the filipino population and culture,
      of which have a more pragmatic approach to Christian beliefs, the catholica bishops of the Philippines fear their dwindling appeal to the local population, and subsequently fear also the loss of the tax-free privileges of the Philippine catholica church, such is the overall mindset over the battle over the RH bill