Joy as Congress passes sex health bill

From Global development | The Guardian Fri Dec 21 2012, 08:24:00

Filipina women joyful as Congress passes long-awaited family planning legislation to President Aquino for signoff

Within minutes of the announcement that the Philippines' landmark reproductive health bill had been ratified, jubilant messages began flooding the Twitter feed of Pia Cayetano, one of the senators who pushed through the final version of the legislation by a margin of 11 votes to five.

"Thanks for empowering women like me," wrote @KristineTweeMae, "by pursuing what can benefit many." "What a momentous day!" exclaimed @JennyCarvajal, offering "congratulations ... to all Filipina". "Will #rhlaw protect women ... in post-abortion state?" asked @rexsorza. "Will they be taken care of instead of left bleeding?" "Yes!" was Cayetano's emphatic answer.

After the successful culmination of a decade-long struggle to give Filipina women the freedom to make informed family planning choices, this week's outpouring of joy was understandable.

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