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.