Congress likely to vote on RH bill next year, says solon

Posted on November 15, 2011 10:24:32 PM | BREAKING NEWS

THE HOUSE of Representatives has pushed back second reading voting on the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) bill to June next year, a ranking leader of the chamber said.

The chamber’s leaders had earlier said they will slate the voting of the measure on December, before Congress goes on Christmas break, but Majority Leader Neptali M. Gonzales II (Mandaluyong City) said at least 20 congressmen are still lined up for interpellations.

“It is not that easy to start voting on the RH. Most likely, voting will happen June next year, before we adjourn the second regular [session],” he said at a press briefing yesterday.

Mr. Gonzales added that the House is still split on the measure.

“It’s hard to get a sense of the numbers right now. Many are still undecided,” he added, noting that anti-RH advocates only need at least 70 congressmen to junk the proposal which has been in Congress for 10 years now.

Plenary debates on House Bill 4244, or the proposed Responsible Parenthood, Reproductive Health and Population Development Act, started last August.

The bill, which is among the Palace-backed priority measures, provides
universal access to all modes of family planning methods. -- Noemi M. Gonzales