Thursday, March 10, 2005

NR0310:Address reproductive health care issue

Mula sa Tanggapan ni Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran
News Release March 10, 2005
House of Representatives, South Wing Rm 602
931-6615 Ina Alleco R. Silverio, Chief of Staff
Cellphone number 09213907362

Solon says reproductive and overall health care of Filipinos should be addressed

Anakpawis Representative Crispin Beltran today said that he was inclined to side with fellow lawmakers pushing for better reproductive health care for the Filipino poor. He said that the issue was not really an issue religion or morality, but an issue of promoting better health for women and children. "It's long overdue that the issue of reproductive health care for Filipino women is addressed. This is a matter of giving Filipinos more information as to how they can take care of themselves and their families," he said.

The veteran labor leader said that the debate over the issue should be grounded in everyday realities in the lives of Filipinos. "Because of the national government's inutility in providing adequate social services for its constituency, many Filipinos are unable to take care of their children and secure their health growth and development. Mothers and fathers have no means to send their children to schools or to hospitals when they fall ill. If there are a few existing measures that will enable Filipinos to take care of their reproductive health, then they should be supported, even as we push for greater state subsidies for health and education."

"In truth, because of poor information and inadequate health services, more Filipinas miscarry, or their children are both with tragic physical or mental defects. Many poor Filipino families are unable to have their children treated, so their illnesses or infirmities worsen. All this should be addressed," he said. "Teen pregnancies are also on the rise, and many teenagers undergo illegal and dangerous abortion operations."

Beltran said that responsible parenthood is not the sole responsibilities of families. "If the government was able to provide for all Filipinos-generating employment with adequate, living wages and salaries for workers, and strong support for millions of small farmers all over the country, then the population issue would not be so crucial. "#


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