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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

63% of Filipinos support Reproductive Health Bill -- Pulse Asia

Sixty-three percent of Filipinos favor the the Reproductive Health Bill pending in Congress, according to the results of the survey conducted by Pulse Asia.

"A considerable majority of Filipinos (63 percent), whether aware or unaware of the reproductive health bill, expresses support for the proposed legislation while only eight percent are not in favor and 29 percent are ambivalent on the matter," Pulse Asia said in its website today.

According to the pollster, "majorities ranging from 56 percent in the Visayas to 79 percent in Class ABC are in favor of the bill. In contrast, eight percent are not in favor of the bill while 29 percent are unable to say whether or not they support the bill."

"Public ambivalence on the matter is more notable in the Visayas, Mindanao, and Class E (32 percent to 35 percent) than in Class ABC and Metro Manila (13 percent to 21 percent), it added.

The survey was conducted from Oct. 14 to 27, 2008 and was based on a multistage probability sample of 1,200 representative adults 18 years old and above.

Other notable findings of the same survey include a high level of awareness of the pending bill, despite the overwhelming opposition of the Catholic church for its passage.

Pulse Asia said most Filipinos are aware of the reproductive health bill pending at the House of Representatives (68 percent). Almost all Filipinos also consider it important for one to have the ability to plan the family for the welfare of both the family (93 percent).

Moreover, a big majority (82 percent) thinks government should not only educate couples regarding modern methods of family planning but also provide them with services and materials on these methods. PhilStar



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