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‘Control,’ even without RH Law

This is in response to the letter of Risa Hontiveros in the Jan. 16
issue of the Inquirer, where she lamented our fast growing population and asked for the implementation of the Reproductive Health Law.

Posted: January 24th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Options and choice

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Even as the Reproductive Health Law remains stuck in the labyrinth of the Supreme Court, falling in line behind a string of other lawsuits, with the issue of its “constitutionality” still hanging in the air, elsewhere reproductive health technology marches on.

Posted: October 3rd, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

If we were rich

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What would my education be like if my family were rich? First, let me get this clear. I do not regret being part of a middle-class family. In fact, I am more than proud of my mother, who is working hard to sustain my education. My father died when I was still a fetus, and it became my mother’s duty to raise me and my siblings by herself. She is a government worker, so her salary is just enough for our daily meals, household bills and education. It was because of this, I believe, that I did not grow up spoiled and was comfortable with, or considerate of, my family’s financial capacity.

Posted: April 6th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Who’s afraid of NFP?

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I HAVE issues with both the pros and antis on reproductive health, who have been in fierce debates until recently when the pros in the House of Representatives and the Senate prevailed and married their respective versions now littered with the term “non-abortifacient.” But my issues aren’t anything that cannot be addressed by whichever side [...]

Posted: December 26th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

RH bill opponents are ‘human rights violators’

This is a response to Fr. Cecilio Magsino’s letter titled “Defeatist attitude evident in Sona line on parenthood bill” (Inquirer, 7/31/12).

Posted: August 13th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

MM overcrowded but PH not overpopulated

“We are not poor because we are plenty; rather we are plenty because we are poor.”

Posted: August 13th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Bills to pass

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“It’s open war on Church, bishops say,” reads a headline in this newspaper, and so it should be. For 13 years the church has opposed this eminently sensible and desperately needed legislation.

Posted: July 26th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Motherhood and faith

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Calling for the passage of the reproductive health (RH) bill at the soonest time possible, Sen. Pia Cayetano accused its critics of closing their eyes to the “urgent material need” for such legislation. “They refuse to lift a finger to help alleviate the condition of Filipino mothers despite the alarming rise in maternal deaths,” said [...]

Posted: July 12th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

A listening Church?

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The other Sunday just before Mass, the congregation in our village chapel was called upon yet again to recite a prayer calling on God to have our legislators defeat the reproductive health (RH) bill pending in Congress.

Posted: July 2nd, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Meeting the frontliners

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The best-known secret in Indonesia’s successful family planning and reproductive health program is the role of midwives, who are the frontliners in delivering health services to the country’s mothers and their children.

Posted: June 18th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Get out of the Dark Age

Why is it that people opposed to family planning and contraception resort to name-calling and hysteria to put across their objection?

Posted: June 14th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

A contraceptive for men

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The scientific name is “justicia gendarussa.” According to the medical information site Globinmed, in the Philippines it is known as “kapanitulot,” but although it looks familiar, I hadn’t heard of this plant before.

Posted: June 9th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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