Thursday, December 13, 2012

In Philippines, Reproductive Health Bill Passes Important Second Reading

In the Philippines today, the House of Representatives in an historic vote passed a Reproductive Health bill (HB 4244) on its important second reading. The bill which has been opposed for 14 years by  the country's Catholic bishops requires the national government to make reproductive health services, including free contraceptives, available to poor families. Inquirer News and GMA News both report on the lengthy House voting session. With several Catholic bishops in the House gallery, each representative had 3 minutes to explain his or her vote. According to Inquirer News, the country's Catholic bishops still hope to stop the bill, either before its third reading in the House, or in the conference committee with the Senate and the vote on the conference report.