People celebrate after legislators pass a landmark birth control bill in Manila on December 17, 2012

The reproductive health (RH) bill just needs President Benigno Aquino III’s signature for it to become a law after both the Senate and House of Representatives ratified the controversial measure on Wednesday night.

It took less than a day for lawmakers from both chambers of Congress to come up with a unified version of the Palace-backed measure.
The reconciled version retained the much debated phrase “safe and satisfying sex life” under the definition of reproductive health.

The Senate first ratified the bill at past 6:50 p.m., with 11 senators voting to approve the bicameral conference committee report on the measure, with five senators opposing the report.

An hour later, the House also ratified the bill by a voice vote.

After ratification, the bill will be submitted to Aquino for his signature.

The President earlier identified the RH bill as one of his priority measures. — DVM, GMA News
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