Most aspirants pro-family planning, anti-abortion

 

But none seems to consider maternal health as priority

MANILA – Five presidential aspirants on Tuesday declared their position on highly sensitive issues such as birth control and abortion—with most of them favoring state funding for the former and unconditional opposition to the latter—but they hardly impressed reproductive health specialists.

Dr. Junice Melgar, executive director of women’s health organization Likhaan, said she was expecting to hear how the so-called presidentiables would address deaths in women if they get elected in 2010.

However, she said, it seems that maternal health is not a priority on the agenda of former President Joseph Estrada, Senators Francis Escudero and Richard Gordon, environmentalist Nicolas “Nick” Perlas, and Olongapo City Councilor Carlos delos Reyes.

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