We, the undersigned youth leaders, as representatives of our organizations and of the Filipino youth, support the Reproductive Health Bill (House Bill 4244) and urge its immediate passage in Congress. We see the need to fight for and uphold our sexual and reproductive rights – inalienable human rights which must be fulfilled by the State. Furthermore, we believe that the Reproductive Health Bill:
Will provide us with an appropriate, non-discriminatory and participatory avenue to learn and understand our sexuality and rights through comprehensive age-appropriate sexuality and reproductive health education;
Promotes gender equality and equity, and helps eradicate stigma and discrimination especially against the LGBTQI community and those living with HIV and AIDS;
Can effectively reduce unplanned pregnancies which often result to induced abortions, maternal deaths, prevent the spread of sexually-transmitted infections including HIV and AIDS, and improve the quality of life of every child and youth through information and services on sexual and reproductive health; and
Recognizes, respects and promotes the right of every Filipino, including the youth, to free and informed choice.
We call on President Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" Aquino III to continue supporting the passage of the RH Bill.
Ultimately, we encourage our fellow Filipino youth to actively promote and educate the youth and the public of the salience of the RH Bill. We also call for strengthened lobbying efforts to congressional legislators to support and participate in ongoing campaigns for the passage of the RH Bill.
PASS THE RH BILL NOW!
Signed, this 24th of May 2011.
National Youth Commission
Youth Consortium for the RH Bill
Movement for the Advancement of Student Power (MASP)
Student Council Alliance of the Philippines (SCAP)
The Library Foundation - Sexuality Health and Rights Educators (TLF-SHARE) Collective, Inc.
Kabataang Sandigan ng mga Mag-aaral tungo sa Kinabukasan (KASAMA KA)
Family Planning Organization of the Philippines (FPOP)
Alliance of Young Nurse Leaders and Advocates International, Inc. (AYNLA)
Alliance of Young Health Advocates (AYHA)
Batang Laging Umiiwas sa Tiyak na Impeksyon (BALUTI)
Pandayan Para sa Socialistang Pilipinas - Youth Sector (PSP-YS)
Reproductive Health and Gender Advocates (RH AGENDA)
UP College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP) Student Council
UP School of Economics Student Council
UP College of Science Student COUncil
UP College of Social Work and Community Development (CSWCD) Student Council
UP Law Student Government
UP College of Business Administration (CBA) Student COuncil
UP SirkulongmgaKabataangArtista (SIKAT)
UP of Association of Political Science Majors (APSM)
PNU Alliance of Students for Alternative Politics
RTU Alliance of Students for Alternative Politics
UP SamahansaAghamPampulitika (SAPUL)
UP Alliance for responsive Involvement and Student Empowerment (ARISE)
Movement of Students for Progressive Leadership in UP (MOVE U.P.)
ManggagawangKababaihangMithi ay Paglaya (Makalaya)
Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL) - Youth
PUP Alliance of Students for Alternative Politics
Young Progressives Southeast Asia - Philippines
LikhaanCenter for Women's Health Inc.
Young Pinoy Peer Educators on reproductive Health Organization (YPEdRHO)
Youth Peer Education Network - Pilipinas (Y-PEER)
Peer Educators Movement for Empowerment Pasay, Manila, Caloocan and Quezon City (Peer Ed Me PAMAC - Q)
Pinagsamang Lakas ng Kababaihan at Kabataan - Youth (PILAKK Youth)
Center for Youth Advocacy and Networking (CYAN)
Bosesng Kabataang Pilipino
3K (Kapayapaan, Kaunlaran, Katarungan) Para sa Kabataan
Samahang Ikauunlad ng Kabataan sa Towerville (SIKAT)
Christian Brotherhood INternational (CBI)
SK Reform Coalition
Students' Rights and Welfare Coalition
First Time Voters Network
Anak Teatro Inc
Tanghalang Bonifacio Rizal (TBR)
UP Buklod CSSPC