UA&P student body take stand vs RH Bill

UA&P student body take stand vs RH Bill

by Angel Yulo on August 25, 2011 - 1:44 pm

Text by Angel Yulo, III College of Arts and Sciences
Video from the College of Arts and Sciences’ Student Executive Board

Last July 25 was a gloomy day, but that didn’t stop the students from participating in the UA&P Student Executive Board’s “Stand Up For Life!” a project that collected over 1000 signatures from students expressing their opposition to the Reproductive Health (RH) Bills.

This effort complemented  the University’s appeal to the members of the Legislature prompted by recent debates on the subject.

SEB officers and volunteers set up a booth at Study Hall A where signatures were collected. Throughout the week, students queued for their turn to place in their signature supporting the campaign.

SEB Internal Vice President Anthony Lumicao opened the campaign by presenting the reasons why we as students reject the proposed measure, or any bill to be filed in Congress that contains provisions that disregards the dignity of the individual at the onset of life and puts the welfare of women at stake by giving them access to options that can ultimately harm.

Lumicao, reading their statement, also said that the RH Bill instills a distorted idea of human sexuality and violates the rights of parents whose duty it is to educate their children about the topic.

Not every student, however, rejected the bill, but their involvement in the campaign was in sharing their views and allowing healthy exchanges with those who do.

Ramon Cabrera, former SEB vice president, said in the press conference that a main objective of the campaign was “to encourage everyone to read the statement and look at the issue from both sides … for those with the same views to share the stand, and those with other views to encourage the dialogue.”

The Institute of Political Economy graduate student referred to the campaign as a form of maintaining a healthy plurality in campus.

Despite the loss of one day of classes due to Typhoon Juaning, the SEB was able to gather 1064 signatures — bulk of the student population — for the press briefing last July 29.

The SEB planned to hold debates on the bill in August, while hoping for enlightened minds and dynamic reasons to continue with the signature drive outside the University.

The campaign was indicative of the students’ support for the mission of their institution to contribute to the development of human persons.

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