Cebu pro RH Catholic group warns solons delaying its passage

December 16, 2012 11:24 am 

CEBU CITY, DEC. 15 — The Catholics for Reproductive Health (C4RH) has warned lawmakers who voted against the reproductive health bill their efforts to oppose or delay the proposal will not be forgotten.

“This we hope will be a strong signal to our representatives in Congress who refuse to heed the people’s clamor, especially our Cebu representatives,” said C4RH Cebu internal vice president Leny Ocasiones, also chairperson of Gabriela-Cebu.

The group added the legislators who approved the bill “gave in to the people’s clamor for a wholistic law to address reproductive health concerns in the country.”

“It showed that they stand for the people to genuinely promote and protect their rights and their concern for the steady rise of maternal and infant mortality in the country,” said Ocasiones.

The C4RH, composed of women's groups, the academe, medical doctors and other people's organizations, also warned legislators who they claim joined bishops in opposing the bill.

“We will not forget how they have tried to oppose and unnecessarily delay the reproductive health bill, fearing of backlash from the Catholic Church hierarchy,” she said.

“We remain vigilant and will continue to push for the RH bill until we see its final passage in Congress,” she said.

But pro-life groups are pinning their hopes on “last ditch” efforts to stop the passage of the bill.

Dr. Rene Bullecer, Human Life International country director, said last ditch efforts are being discussed and that they may gain ground by the time legislators cast their votes during the third reading on Monday.

“There were 53 congressmen who did not vote. Of that number, we have more than 20 who are anti-RH,” he said.

He said there is still a long way to go before House Bill 4424 or an “Act providing for a comprehensive policy on responsible parenthood, reproductive health, population development and for other purposes” is passed into law.

“There is still the Senate deliberations and the third reading of Congress,” he said.

He said 140 congressmen are anti-RH, but because many were absent, they failed to vote against the passage of the bill. (PNA)

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