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Majority of Filipinos back birth control bill
President Benigno Aquino 3rd said that he will maintain his pro-responsible parenthood stand regardless of what surveys say on the RH issue.
The Pulse Asia survey showed that 69 percent of Filipinos agreed with the RH bill while one in 10, or 7 percent, disagreed with the bill and 24 percent were undecided on the issue.
The survey also showed that the support for the bill was strongest in Metro Manila with 74 percent and Classes A, B and C with 78 percent.
On the awareness of the RH bill, Pulse Asia said that eight out of 10 Filipinos, or 80 percent, knew about it-ranging from 66 percent in Visayas to 90 percent in Metro Manila.
In socioeconomic classes, the survey showed that 72 percent to 93 percent of respondents have heard, read or watched something about the RH bill.
But two in 10 Filipinos, or 20 percent, only learned about the bill while being interviewed for the survey.
Meanwhile, Pulse Asia said that a small minority, or 7 percent, who disagree with the bill were asked about their opinion regarding specific provisions of the bill, with the majorities in this small group agreeing with the following provisions-recognizing the rights of women and couples to choose the family-planning method that they want on the basis of their needs and personal and religious beliefs, 79 percent; promoting information about and access to natural and modern family planning methods, 70 percent; and stipulating the use of government funds to support modern family planning methods, 55 percent.
The survey, however, said that 44 percent of respondents disagree with the proposal to include "Reproductive Health and Sexuality Education" in the school curricula, while 39 percent are in agreement.
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