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Ten Good Reasons to Pass the Rh Bill

Ten Good Reasons to Pass the Rh Bill

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I
n 1998, RH was a bland program that 2DOH secretaries wished to mainstream
into the health system. Now, RH or reproducve
health is a byword that has gripped the public
consciousness. Majority have supported RH inendless surveys while congressional and presi
-
denal debates have erupted on the issue. Why
is there majority support for RH? Many strategic
and praccal reasons. Here are 10 easy ones:
RH DOES …
1
PROTECT THE HEALTH & LIVESOF MOTHERS
The WHO (World HealthOrganizaon) esmates thatcomplicaons arise in 15% of 
pregnancies, serious enoughto hospitalize or kill women.
From the 2 million plus livebirths alone, some 300,000maternal complicaonsoccur yearly. This is 7 mes
the DOH’s annual count for TB,
19 mes for heart diseases, and20 mes for malaria in women.
As a result, more than 11 women die needlesslyeach day.
Good
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health centers, for safe birthing, more dicultRH services like IUD inserons, and manage
-
ment of sexually transmied infecons; and
hospitals, for emergency obstetric and newborn
care and surgical contracepon. Strong RH facili
-
es will be the backbone of a strong and fairly
distributed public health facility system.
8
GIVE ACCURATE & POSITIVE SEXUALITY EDUCATION TO YOUNG PEOPLE
Currently, most young people enter
relaonships and even married life without thebenet of systemac inputs by any of our socialinstuons. As a result of just one faulty sexual
decision, many young women and men can lose
their future, their health and somemes theirlives. We insist on young voters’ educaon foran acvity that occurs once every 3 years, butleave our young people withlile preparaon to cope withmajor life events like pubertyand sexual maturaon.
 
9
REDUCE CANCERDEATHS
Delaying sex,
avoiding mulple partnersor using condoms prevent
genital warts or HPV infec-
See
www.rhbill.org
and
www.likhaan.org/rhan
 
for data sources and addional informaon
Pass theReasons toRH Bill Now
ons that cause cervical cancers. Self breast
exams and Pap smears can detect early signs of cancers which can be cured if treated early. All
these are part of RH educaon and care. Contra
-
cepves do not heighten cancer risks; combined
pills actually reduce the risk of endometrial and
ovarian cancers.
10
SAVE MONEY THAT CAN BE USED FOR EVENMORE SOCIAL SPENDING
Ensur-ing modern FP forall who need itwould increasespending from
P1.9 B to P4.0 B, but
the medical costs for un-
intended pregnancies would fall from P3.5 B toP0.6 B, resulng in a net savings of P0.8 B. Thereis evidence that families
with fewer childrendo spend morefor health and
educaon.

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