#Yes2RH: Selfies in support of the reproductive health law
MANILA, Philippines – A social media campaign is underway to raise awareness in support of the reproductive health (RH) law, whose implementation has been put on hold by the Supreme Court for a year a now.
Republic Act 10354, which would provide information on and access to reproductive health services, is under status quo ante order “until further orders” by the Supreme Court (SC). The law – probably the most polarizing national issue today – was passed on December 18, 2012, after 13 years in Congress. Anti-RH advocates immediately questioned the constitutionality of the law before the SC.
The high court is expected to decide on the case in April, with insiders predicting the law could be headed for defeat in the Supreme Court.
House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr has said that declaring the RH law as unconstitutional would be "a veto against the will of majority of our people."
As decision time nears, frustrated reproductive health supporters are taking the fight to the social media world. The #Yes2RH campaign was initiated by Likhaan Center for Women's Health, in cooperation with several other pro-RH organization. It will run from March 28 until April 8.
Likhaan calls on other RH advocates to support the campaign, and hopefully influence the upcoming SC decision.
Using the hashtag #Yes2RH, they've started a campaign that asks citizens to upload selfies on their Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Here is the format:
Name, Designation 1, Designation 2 (optional)
A few celebrities and citizens have already uploaded their #Yes2RH selfies. Check them out below: