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Press Release
December 12, 2012

Women workers demand YES to RH bill

Partido ng Manggagawa (PM) members joined women’s groups under the Reproductive Health Advocacy Network (RHAN) for the whole day activity today in support of the RH bill at the South Wing Gate, House of Representatives.

According to PM Secretary General Judy Ann Miranda, “Contrary to the Catholic Church’s pronouncement that the House is railroading the passage of the RH bill, to the Filipino women especially the poor and marginalized, fourteen (14) years is too long a wait. Thousands have died while legislators wallow in fear of the Church’s “electoral blackmail”. It is high time that legislators fulfil their duty to uphold women’s right to reproductive health.”

“Indeed, this is a historic moment, and today we will see who among so-called peoples’ representatives are indeed representing the rights and interests of the people, especially women. Despite the odds, we will show our relentless support for this important legislation, and we sincerely hope that majority of the legislators will say YES to the RH bill,” added Ms. Miranda.

PM remains hopeful and at the same time ready to pursue the struggle if the majority of House representatives succumbs to the Catholic Church’s unreasonable demand. “This historic day for women’s reproductive rights will define whether we win or we continue to fight. Either way, we will fight until we achieve our goals.”###

Reference: Judy Ann C. Miranda, 09228677522; 09175570777

 
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