Valte reveals newly signed RH Bill RA 10354

The Office of the President revealed the signed RH Bill RA 10354 law after Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte published statement online via the Official Gazette December 29, 2012.

President Benigno Aquino III approved the controversial law last December 21 according to the official statement.
Valte reveals newly signed RH Bill RA 10354

"Today, Republic Act No. 10354, or the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012, has been published online in the Official Gazette, after being signed by President Aquino on December 21, 2012. The law will take effect 15 days after its publication in at least two newspapers of general circulation," Valte said.

The Philippine Senate and House of Representatives separately approved the RH Bill on third and final reading last December 17.

After two days, RA 10354 was approved by the bicameral conference committee and immediately ratified by the legislative bodies.

"The passage into law of the Responsible Parenthood Act closes a highly divisive chapter of our history—a chapter borne of the convictions of those who argued for, or against this Act, whether in the legislative branch or in civil society. At the same time, it opens the possibility of cooperation and reconciliation among different sectors in society: engagement and dialogue characterized not by animosity, but by our collective desire to better the welfare of the Filipino people."

This is the mark of a true democracy: one in which debate that spans all levels of society is spurred by deeply-held beliefs and values, enriching and elevating public discourse, as we all work together to find ways to improve the lives of our fellow citizens.

See full text here of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012 signed by President Aquino.

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