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26 Philippine Economists Urge Gov’t to Back Population Bill

September 26, 2008 • Philippines, News

ECONOMISTS OF THE UNIVERSITY of the Philippines, including three former socioeconomic planning secretaries, yesterday backed the reproductive health (RH) bill pending in Congress and said its critics were erroneous in claiming that it was proabortion and antilife.

In a five-page position paper read by Ernesto Pernia and signed by him and 26 others, the professors of the UP School of Economics said that after a studious reading, they found the measure to be propoor and authentically prolife and profamily.

We strongly support the RH bill and urge the national leadership to be fully and unequivocally behind it, they said, citing the measures main thrust of enabling couples and individuals to decide freely and responsibly the number and spacing of their children and to have the information and means to carry out their decisions.

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