FIFTEENTH CONGRESS OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES First Regular Session
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SENATE S. B. No.2865 RECEIVi~,!1 gy:-~_ (In substitution of SB 2378 and 2768, taking into consideration PSR 238) \;---
Prepared Jointly by the Committees on Health and Demography; Finance; and Youth, Women and Family Relations with Senators Defensor-Santiago, Lacson and (P.) Cayetano as authors
AN ACT PROVIDING FOR A NATIONAL POLICY ON REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND POPULATION AND DEVELOPMENT
Be it enacted by the Senate and the House of Representatives of the House of Representatives of the Philippines in Congress assembled:
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SECTION 1. Short Title. - This Act ...view middle of the document...
Moreover, the State recognizes and guarantees the promotion of gender equality, gender equity, women empowerment and dignity as a health and human rights concern and as a social responsibility. The advancement and protection of women's human rights shall be central to the efforts of the State to address reproductive health care. The State also recognizes and guarantees the promotion of the welfare and rights of children and the youth. The State likewise guarantees universal access to medically-safe, effective, legal, affordable, and quality reproductive health care services, methods, devices, supplies and relevant information and education thereon according to the priority needs of women, children and other nnderprivileged sectors.
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The State shall address and seek to eradicate discriminatory practices, laws and policies that infringe on a person's exercise of sexual health and reproductive health and rights.
SEC. 3. Guiding Principles for Implementation. - This Act declares the following as guiding principles:
(a) The right to make free and informed decisions, which is central to the exercise of any right, shall not be subjected to any form of coercion and must be fully guaranteed by the State, like the right itself. (b) Respect for, protection and fulfillment of, reproductive health and rights seek to promote the rights and welfare of every person. (c) Effective and quality reproductive health care services must be given primacy to ensure maternal and child health, and birth of healthy children, in line with the State's duty to promote the right to health, responsible parenthood, social justice and full human development. (d) The provision of medically-safe, effective, legal, accessible, affordable, and quality reproductive health care services is essential in the promotion of the people's right to health, especially those of women, the poor, and the marginalized, and shall be incorporated as a component of basic health care. (e) The State will provide information and access, without bias, to all methods of family planning which have been proven safe and effective in accordance with scientific and evidence-based medical standards such as those set by the World Health Organization (WHO) and registered and approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
(f) The State shall promote programs that: (l) enable individuals and couples to have the number of children they desire with due consideration to the health, particularly of women, and the resources available and affordable to them; (2) ensure effective partnership among the National Goverl1l11ent, Local Goverl1l11ent Units (LGUs) and the private sector in the design, implementation, coordination, integration, monitoring and evaluation of people-centered programs towards quality of life and environmental protection; and (3) conduct studies to analyze demographic trends towards sustainable human development in keeping with the...