Washington D.C. (via PLDT) – President Benigno S. Aquino III said yesterday that the Reproductive Health bill in Congress would help adult Filipinos make responsible decisions on becoming parents.
Speaking at the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Annual Meetings here, President Aquino said the proposed measure was never intended to be used as a type of contraceptive but he wants to educate adult Filipinos in order for them to make an informed choice.
“Basically, we are not after the birth control per se. We are after educating all of our citizens that’s why we call the version of the bill ‘responsible parenthood.’
You’re parents, you’re supposed to take care of your children, you’re supposed to think of them at a point in time when they are not capable of doing the same for themselves,” the President said.
It is the obligation of the state to remind all of these parents that each child that they bring into this world, they have a certain responsibility, Aquino said.
“Now we will help them, after education, we will rest on their consciences and their beliefs and enable them to act on their decisions as to how best to plan their prospective families and exercise responsible parenthood,” he added. (Chino S. Leyco)