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women and children's terminal state of health should dictate RH vote -Ilagan
Press Release Posted on July 31st, 2012.
REP. LUZ C. ILAGAN, 0920-9213221
Jang Monte, 0917-4049119
Gabriela Women’s Party Representative Luz Ilagan today said that more than the Catholic Church, or the lobby for perks and pork, it should be the women and constituents’ right and need for healthcare that should dictate the vote on the Reproductive Health Bill and prod legislators to allot a bigger budget for health services.
“The state of women and children’s un-health should be the primary consideration when they cast their vote to end debates and interpellation on August 7,” said Ilagan.
“The 31% increase in our maternal mortality rate from 168 to 221 for every 100,000 live births and the worsening state of children’s malnutrition add to children’s vulnerability to illnesses.”
The Gabriela solon also cites a study by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute, which revealed that three in every 10 Filipino children aged 5 and below are stunted or too short for their age while two in every 10 children also in the same age range are underweight. “This dismal picture of un-health will continue to deteriorate unless policies that will help ensure women’s access to healthcare are set in place.”#