Philippines: Save our RH Bill!
To Members of Congress:
We urge you to represent the will of the public and many good Catholics and support universal access to birth control and maternal care for all Filipinos. Over 70% of the Filipino population supports the Reproductive Health bill, yet Congress has stalled the vote for the past 14 years. We call on you to represent the voices of the majority of the people who elected you into office by voting to end debate on the HR bill on August 7th and voting to pass it swiftly thereafter.
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Over 70% of the Filipino population supports the Reproductive Health (RH) bill, but politicians fearful of Church pressure have for years been ignoring public opinion. The tide, however, may be turning. Experts say President Aquino’s brave endorsement of the Bill last week could convince other lawmakers to do the same – let’s tip the balance in our favor by telling Congress we won’t sit by idly while they kill the bill for the 14th year in a row.
The House of Representatives votes in 5 days and it's likely to be close – if it dies here, we’ll have to wait one more year to even bring up the subject. Sign this urgent petition now and forward widely – when we reach 10,000 signatures, we’ll deliver it straight to Congress before voting begins.