reproductive health bill - updates

Rappler's latest stories on reproductive health bill


#PugadBaboy: Internet vs Intercourse

Sep 29, 2017 - 11:00 AM

From EDSA to RH: Church clout weakens in PH

Feb 26, 2016 - 10:34 AM

CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas however tells Rappler that the Catholic Church ‘should not really have a political clout’

CHURCH-LED PROTEST. Filipinos stage a protest against the reproductive health bill on August 4, 2012, at the EDSA Shrine. This Catholic shrine commemorates the peaceful People Power Revolution along the iconic EDSA highway from February 22-25, 1986. Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA


Nov 22, 2015 - 11:46 PM

How will this couple deal with an unplanned pregnancy?

The irresponsibility of rabbits

Jan 27, 2015 - 2:09 PM

His is the smiling face under the dripping cowl of a yellow raincoat preaching mercy and compassion but little of either is shown for the women who are blamed for breeding like rabbits in a church that bans artificial contraception

'Push for divorce law needs RH-like support'

Nov 25, 2014 - 12:53 PM

Advocates can sustain the campaign for a divorce law if public clamor and support build up the same way as in the Reproductive Health law debates

How do Filipino women view the choice to have an abortion?

Nov 24, 2014 - 9:25 PM

In the US women subscribe to the our body our choice principle In the Philippines women who seek abortion rationalize the decision by painting a picture of a forgiving understanding God

Bill Gates says progress made on new super-thin condom

Sep 19, 2014 - 8:53 AM

It looks like there are some technological materials that will be able to maintain a condom barrier with a very thin thin material Gates said in New Delhi

CONDOMS. Orange-colored condoms on sale in a condom shop in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 24 June 2014. Rob Van Lonkhuijsen/EPA

Aquino on FOI bill passage: Look at Congress not me

Aug 28, 2014 - 12:12 PM

President Benigno Aquino III reiterates he cannot certify the bill as urgent since there is no emergency situation requiring its immediate passage

5th FOI SNUB. Still no mention of the freedom of information bill in President Aquino's 5th State of the Nation Address. Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

CBCP head warns vs 'shabu of bishops'

Jan 25, 2014 - 3:12 PM

Lingayen Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas also challenges bishops to reach out to those who are angry at us

File photo from EPA/Nat Garcia

A loaf of bread for Rosanna's woes

Dec 21, 2013 - 3:23 PM

Rosanna decides to get an abortion after her 5th pregnancy It takes a turn for the worse

[DASH of SAS] Sex, intimacy and the RH law in the time of Yolanda

Dec 17, 2013 - 7:36 PM

Survivors will continue to have sex in the time of Yolanda for a reason that the numbers won t tell you

The first stone

Jul 28, 2013 - 6:58 PM

The men and women who are true Catholics believe that there is no price too high for their virtue They will protect the imaginary unborn but they will wash their hands when it comes to living women

Tatad's Holocaust

Jul 21, 2013 - 3:45 PM

Francisco Tatad may be willing to declare war on the world by calling the Reproductive Health law genocide but the law will continue to demonstrate that this is a battle for human rights

[Two Pronged] Caught in the act

Jul 20, 2013 - 2:34 PM

A teenager catches her parents having sex

TOUCHY SUBJECT. How to explain sex to your child after he or she catches you in the act?

Cebu local bets now part of ‘Team Buhay’

Apr 26, 2013 - 3:23 PM

In Cebu anti RH crusaders bring their campaign to the gubernatorial and mayoral races

Batangas in 2013: Gearing up for Holy War

Mar 28, 2013 - 7:00 AM

The Archdiocese of Lipa with an unquestionable influence in local elections wants to create a Catholic vote in the national level

SUNDAY REMINDER. There is no missing the election-related message at the entrance of the Sto. Niño Church in Lipa City. Photo by Loreto Guinhawa

5 more bishops campaigning vs ‘Team Patay’

Mar 06, 2013 - 3:20 PM

The dioceses of Lipa in Batangas San Pablo in Laguna Malolos in Bulacan San Jose in Occidental Mindoro and Boac in Marinduque will also hang Team Patay and Team Buhay posters

More 'Team Patay' tarps in Bacolod churches

Feb 27, 2013 - 2:32 PM

Over 90 priests have agreed to hang similar tarpaulins in their parishes in a meeting with Bacolod Bishop Vicente Navarra

'NEW' LOOK. The smaller 'conscience vote' tarpaulins now comply with size requirements. Photo by CHARLIE SACEDA

Oversized? Bacolod church slices RH poster into 2

Feb 26, 2013 - 8:16 PM

The two smaller posters now each complies with the size prescribed by the elections commission

'NEW' LOOK. The smaller 'conscience vote' tarpaulins now comply with size requirements. Photo by CHARLIE SACEDA

What the campaign vs ‘Team Patay’ means

Feb 22, 2013 - 7:26 PM

Negative campaigning against identified senatorial candidates is a first for a Catholic diocese This is a test for the Catholic vote for national posts

Bacolod diocese: No to these 6 Senate bets

Feb 21, 2013 - 8:19 PM

Local Catholic Church asks voters to junk Team Patay the 6 anti life candidates who supported the reproductive health bill and to vote for Team Buhay

UST cancels senatorial forum over RH issue

Jan 10, 2013 - 7:40 PM

UPDATED Organizers say UST decided to stop the event for fear that the RH law will be discussed during the forum

Miriam: Not having RH law cruelty to poor

Dec 31, 2012 - 4:18 PM

Sen Miriam Defensor Santiago says the RH law is the highlight of my year as senator and as a woman

'CHURCH NOT PERFECT.' Sen Miriam Defensor Santiago says the Church is not perfect, adding that the time has come for the RH bill. Photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

RH law: The long and rough road

Dec 30, 2012 - 5:53 PM

The RH law is a culmination of the hard work of a battalion of RH advocates inside and outside Congress and a President who stepped up to complete the job

RH and elections: Pols knew there’s no Catholic vote

Dec 29, 2012 - 6:04 PM

How the bishops misread the signs miscalculated their strength misjudged lawmakers’ definition of ‘political survival’

Palace seeks unity after RH law signed

Dec 29, 2012 - 2:45 PM

President Benigno Aquino III s government calls for reconciliation after a divisive birth control act was signed into law despite bitter opposition from the influential Catholic church

Rappler Newscast | December 28, 2012

Dec 28, 2012 - 9:21 PM

After 15 years the Reproductive Health bill is now a law | President Aquino’s net satisfaction ratings dip in December in all areas socioeconomic classes and gender | Concerned Australians launch an online campaign for kidnapped countryman Warren Rodwell

President Aquino signs RH bill into law

Dec 28, 2012 - 8:07 PM

UPDATED A certified true copy of the measure shows President Aquino signed the RH law on December 21 2012 Malacañang confirms bill has been signed into law in a statement

Vitug Vlogs: Catholic Church influence demystified

Dec 21, 2012 - 8:01 PM

Rappler’s editor at large Marites Vitug says the victory of the Reproductive Health bill signals the decline of Church influence on national affairs

#RHlaw benefits felt in 5 years - Lagman

Dec 20, 2012 - 7:32 PM

You will not feel it immediately Much of the work will have to be a massive national information campaign says Rep Edcel Lagman

Rappler Newscast | December 19, 2012

Dec 19, 2012 - 8:51 PM

Both chambers of Congress ratify the Reproductive Health bill now ready for President Aquino’s signature | Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia is suspended for 6 months for grave abuse of authority but refuses to step down | President Aquino catches up with his Vice President Binay in the latest Pulse Asia trust ratings

Reluctant Sotto 'did not delay RH bicam'

Dec 19, 2012 - 7:45 PM

The Senate ratifies the RH bill bicam report in a vote of 11 5 Cayetano says it s a momentous day

PH to have RH law this year - Palace

Dec 19, 2012 - 4:00 PM

2nd UPDATE After 14 years a reproductive health bill hurdles obstacles and now awaits the President s signature

Bishops to continue fight vs RH bill

Dec 18, 2012 - 4:22 PM

A Church leader says they will support a petition against the bill in case it s filed before the Supreme Court

Plastics, rubbers and why senators voted on RH

Dec 18, 2012 - 9:52 AM

From plastics to rubbers to Victor Hugo senators offer funny and serious explanations in their RH bill vote

Women defend 'safe and satisfying sex' phrase in RH bill

Dec 18, 2012 - 8:38 AM

What s so scandalous about wanting safe and satisfying sex?

Yay or nay? Netizens react to #RHBill

Dec 17, 2012 - 11:05 PM

How did you react when Congress passed the RH bill?

CBCP: Palace 'corrupted' pro-RH solons

Dec 17, 2012 - 10:34 PM

The Palace became the corruptor of our congressmen says the head of CBCP s Episcopal Commission on Family and Life

How solons voted on final reading of RH bill

Dec 17, 2012 - 9:11 PM

Voting 133 79 7 the House of Representatives approved the Reproductive Health bill on third and final reading on Monday December 17

Palace on RH: Gov't now on people's side

Dec 17, 2012 - 8:57 PM

The Palace thanks legislators who voted according to conscience after the President certified the Reproductive Health bill as urgent

Rappler Newscast | December 17, 2012

Dec 17, 2012 - 8:46 PM

The controversial RH Bill passes the Senate and the House on third and final reading | Senator Tito Sotto is outvoted and the phrase “safe and satisfying sex” remains in the Senate version of the RH bill | Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle warns the RH bill will have a negative impact on Filipino culture and mentality

Senate, House OK RH bill; make history

Dec 17, 2012 - 7:42 PM

The next step is the bicameral conference committee where both chambers of Congress will consolidate the two different versions of RH bill

In a wheelchair, Miro Quimbo votes 'Yes' to #RHbill

Dec 17, 2012 - 7:08 PM

I got out on a temporary pass just to vote says Quimbo

RH bill passes House on final reading

Dec 17, 2012 - 6:40 PM

After a 14 year delay the House of Representatives passes the RH Bill on 3rd and final reading

HIGHLIGHTS: Crucial vote on RH bill

Dec 17, 2012 - 5:03 PM

2nd UPDATE The House of Representatives approves the RH Bill on final reading

Simbang Gabi message: 'Contraception corrupts the soul'

Dec 17, 2012 - 12:00 AM

As lawmakers move forward with the controversial Reproductive Health bill RH bill the influential Catholic Bishop s Conference of the Philippines CBCP took a jab at it on the first of the 9 day series of Simbang Gabi Night Mass gathering

Senate RH bill saga reaches climax

Dec 16, 2012 - 6:41 PM

Monday’s vote in Senate is the culmination of a heated emotional and at times comical battle between supporters and critics of the one of the most divisive measures in Congress

'OVER AND OVER.' RH bill sponsors Senators Miriam Defensor Santiago and Pia Cayetano look forward to the vote on the measure after answering questions "over and over again" for more than a year. File photo from Cayetano's Facebook page

CBCP: Philippines moving towards legal abortion

Dec 15, 2012 - 7:58 PM

The controversial bill was approved by the House of Representatives on second reading on December 13 and the Senate is expected to vote on it before Christmas

Photo by CBCP

#SexTalk: What’s a safe, satisfying sex life got to do with it?

Dec 15, 2012 - 2:37 AM

It’s all about being empowered both in the bedroom and in the boardroom