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According to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), which is a US Government agency responsible for providing national security intelligence to senior US policymakers, the total estimated population of the Philippines in year 2012 is about 103 775 002. Almost 104 million people are living in the Philippines. Compared to the population of other countries, Philippines ranks as the 12th most populated country in the world and China as being the undisputed no. 1 most populated country. The fertility rate of Filipino women is estimated to be at 3.05% which is at the upper bracket of 206 countries. It is estimated that four babies are born every minute. If this rate continues, the population of the Philippines will balloon to 130.2 million in the next 20 years.(http://www.affordablecebu.com/load/philippine_government/total_population_of_the_philippines_2012/5-1-0-3004)

Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act 2012 (Republic Act No. 10354) was signed by President Benigno Aquino 111 of The Philippines last December 21, 2012. The law guarantees universal access to methods on contraception, fertility control, sexual education, and maternal care. The bill does not only seek to limit the population, it also provides for population development that aims to help couples or parents achieve their fertility rate improve reproductive health , reduce incidence of teenage pregnancy. (http://www.who.int/pmnch/media/news/2013/20130107_philippines_reproductive_health_law/en/index.html)

The link between the population growth and economic development was the subject of intense research from 1960s to the 1980s. A common view was that rapid population growth – of two percent or higher per year then prevailing in many developing countries – was more likely to hinder than foster economic development. This negative effect operates via reduced child care and human capital investment, lower household savings for private and public investments , and constraints on allocative efficiency, entrepreneurship and innovation. Rapid population growth results in available capital being thinly spread among many workers, as well as in fiscal and environmental externalist (Pernia, et al. 2004). (http://www.studymode.com/essays/Related-Literature-Rh-Bill-559393.html)

According to the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development: “The enactment of the RH Law is a huge leap for the Philippines towards achieving its commitment to the International Conference on Population and Development Programme of Action (http://www.who.int/pmnch/media/news/2013/20130107_philippines_reproductive_health_law/en/index.html)

According to the Nobel Prize winner George Akerlof, who combines the study of economics and psychology, contraceptives tend to degrade marriage and lead to more extramarital sex, more fatherless children, more single mothers and more psychologically troubled adolescents. Harvard Director of AIDS Prevention, Edward C. Green, once wrote that according to the best evidence available, condoms give a false sense of security and prompt people to be more reckless in assuming sexual risks, thus worsening the spread of the sexually transmitted diseases. Thailand, which has the highest incidence of AIDS-HIV in East Asia, could be cited as a testimony to this. ( http://mjdasma.blogspot.com/2012/10/no-to-reproductive-health-rh-bill.html)

Other sciences demonstrate that the RH Bill, will do more harm than good. Certain types of contraceptive pills (not all) can kill babies. Because medical science has demonstrated that human begins at fertilization, certain “abortifacient” pills kill human life because they act on the human embryo after fertilization. The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology pronounced that the IUD (intrauterine device) brings about the destruction of the early embryo (187: 1699-1708). Furthermore, the International Agency for Research on Cancer reported in 2007 that the contraceptive pill causes cancer, giving it the highest level of carcinogenicity, the same as cigarettes and asbestos. According to a publication of the American Heart Association (33: 1202-1208), pills also cause stroke, and significantly increase the risk of heart attacks.


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* http://www.manilatimes.net/index.php/opinion/columnist1/39405-reproductive-health-law-is-unconstitutional * http://business.inquirer.net/88866/no-to-rh-bill
* http://mjdasma.blogspot.com/2012/10/no-to-reproductive-health-rh-bill.html * http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Responsible_Parenthood_and_Reproductive_Health_Act_of_2012 * http://www.studymode.com/essays/Related-Literature-Rh-Bill-559393.html *

* http://www.affordablecebu.com/load/philippine_government/total_population_of_the_philippines_2012/5-1-0-3004 * http://www.who.int/pmnch/media/news/2013/20130107_philippines_reproductive_health_law/en/index.html * http://www.guttmacher.org/statecenter/updates/2012/statetrends12012.html *

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