House panel to consolidate six bills on reproductive health

House panel to consolidate six bills on reproductive health

by UA&P News Desk on November 25, 2010 - 12:21 pm

from Business World, by N.M. Gonzales and J.A.A Cerda

THE HOUSE committee on population and family relations will consolidate six bills on reproductive health (RH), with more deliberations set to reconcile opinions on the measure.

“Considering that the six bills are interrelated with one another, so we must consolidate it so when presented to plenary, there’s just one bill,” said Biliran Rep. Rogelio J. Espina, chairman of the committee, at the sidelines of yesterday’s committee hearing on RH bills.

The committee will hold another hearing on Dec. 1, and Mr. Espina was noncommittal on a timetable to approve a consolidated measure.

The House of Representatives approved the bill on second reading in the last Congress, but its Senate counterpart remained at the committee.

Meanwhile, the government, in pushing the passage of House Bill 96 or the RH bill is committing “suicide” from the economic viewpoint, a demography lecturer said yesterday.

George von Winternitz, a lead person from the Alliance for Families and Education for the Upbringing of Children Foundation, Inc., said in a symposium at the University of Asia & the Pacific (UA&P) that the RH bill’s objective of curbing population will impede demographic growth necessary for economic prosperity. Read entire article on BWorldOnline.com >

Watch more talks on the RH Bill from UA&P Channel on YouTube >

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