After some last-minute changes to the legislationenough conservatives and moderates were convinced to support the bill Thursday.
Separability Clause, Repealing Clause, Effectivity Summary of major provisions[ edit ] The bill mandates the government to "promote, without biases, all effective natural and modern methods of family planning that are medically safe and legal.
Companies with fewer than workers are required to enter into partnership with health care providers in their area for the delivery of reproductive health services. Those with fewer than workers shall enter into partnerships with health professionals for the delivery of reproductive health services.
Employers shall inform employees of the availability of family planning. They are also obliged to monitor pregnant working employees among their workforce and ensure they are provided paid half-day prenatal medical leaves for each month of the pregnancy period that they are employed.
There are several studies cited by those who support the bill: Economic studies, especially the experience in Asia,  show that rapid population growth and high fertility rates, especially among the poor, exacerbate poverty and make it harder for the government to address it.
People's freedom to access contraceptives is not restricted by any opposing law, being available in family planning NGOs, stores, etc.
The country is not a welfare state: The penal provisions constitute a violation of free choice and conscience, and establishes religious persecution  President Aquino stated he was not an author of the bill.
He also stated that he gives full support to a firm population policy, educating parents to be responsible, providing contraceptives to those who ask for them, but he refuses to promote contraceptive use. He said that his position "is more aptly called responsible parenthood rather than reproductive health".
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The TFR for women with college education is 2. Unbridled population growth stunts socioeconomic development and aggravates poverty". Pernia, and Stella Alabastro-Quimbo, "rapid population growth and high fertility rates, especially among the poor, do exacerbate poverty and make it harder for the government to address it", while at the same time clarifying that it would be "extreme" to view "population growth as the principal cause of poverty that would justify the government resorting to draconian and coercive measures to deal with the problem e.
They illustrate the connection between rapid population growth and poverty by comparing the economic growth and population growth rates of Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines, wherein the first two grew more rapidly than the Philippines due to lower population growth rates. Darker areas mean more poverty.
For example, the study of Ross Levine and David Renelt, which covered countries over 30 years versus a University of the Philippines study of 3 countries over a few years. The RAND study also said that a large population can promote growth given the right fundamentals.
Emerciana de Jesus and Luzviminda Ilagan wanted to delete three provisions which state that "gender equality and women empowerment are central elements of reproductive health and population and development", which integrate responsible parenthood and family planning programs into anti-poverty initiatives, and which name the Population Commission as a coordinating body.
The two party-list representatives strongly state that poverty is not due to over-population but because of inequality and corruption. The Philippines doesn't have too many people, it has too few pro-growth policies". He emphasized that the government should apply the principle of first things first and focus on the root causes of the poverty e.
She reported that every day, "there are 11 women dying while giving birth in the Philippines. These preventable deaths could have been avoided if more Filipino women have access to reproductive health information and healthcare".
The millions of funds intended for the contraceptive devices may just well be applied in improving the skills of our health workers in reducing maternal and child mortality in the Philippines".
The Bill provides that "the State shall assist couples, parents and individuals to achieve their desired family size within the context of responsible parenthood for sustainable development and encourage them to have two children as the ideal family size.Bill suspends 'Cadillac Tax' on employer health plans through Medicaid: The plan would roll back the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion more gradually than the House version would, but would ultimately make deeper cuts to the program.
Like the House GOP bill, insurers can charge older Americans five times more than younger individuals. The health insurance marketplaces and different metal levels of plans remain in the Senate version, but the bill makes it easier for states to obtain a waiver to change those requirements.
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