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House won’t allow abortion bill – Speaker Belmonte

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said the House of Representatives would not allow an abortion bill, allaying fears that such legislation would follow the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) law.

Posted: April 12th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Sex rights still contentious – UN population chief

Babatunde Osotimehin, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) executive director. AFP/Yoshikazu TSUNO

The world has changed dramatically since the U.N. population conference in Cairo in 1994 but the U.N. population chief said many issues remain as contentious as they were 20 years ago, including sexual rights, abortion, sex education, lesbian and gay rights, and child marriage.

Posted: April 11th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Binay: Filipinos can now move on from ‘divisive’ RH law

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Vice President Jejomar Binay INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Vice President Jejomar Binay is confident that the Supreme Court’s decision, declaring the Reproductive Health (RH) law constitutional, will now put to rest the issue that has been dividing the country.

Posted: April 9th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

No stopping RH law once SC ruling is promulgated

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PURPLE TEAM FOR RH LAW.  Supporters of the reproductive health (RH) law stage a candle vigil at a compound in Baguio City on Monday where Supreme Court justices are expected to deliberate on whether to lift the suspension of the controversial RH law.  EV ESPIRITU/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

The order stopping the implementation of Republic Act 10354 or the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012 will be lifted once the Supreme Court’s decision has been promulgated.

Posted: April 9th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Pia Cayetano yet to decide whether to appeal SC ruling on RH law

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Senator Pia Cayetano. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

Advocates of the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) law that was declared constitutional by the Supreme Court have yet to decide whether or not to appeal the eight provisions of the law stricken down by the high court, Senator Pia Cayetano said on Wednesday.

Posted: April 9th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Urban poor women welcome birth control victory

In this photo taken April 8, 2014, shows Christina Bantasan, 25, holds her five month old baby in Baseco one of Manila biggest slum.  Single mother Christina Bantasan clutched her baby in the shadows of a sprawling Manila slum, wishing that a controversial birth control law had come earlier so she could have planned her future better.   AFP

Single mother Christina Bantasan clutched her baby in the shadows of a sprawling Philippine slum, wishing that a controversial birth control law had come earlier so she could have planned her future better.

Posted: April 9th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

‘Battle is not over yet,’ say bishops, pro-life groups in Visayas

A Catholic church in Bacolod has cut in half a tarpaulin that tells the faithful whom to vote for and whom to junk in the May senatorial elections (“Team Buhay, Team Patay”). INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Supreme Court ruling that declares the reproductive health law as constitutional has not deterred the spirit of the Visayas-based pro-life advocates who vowed to continue fighting the law, which they have described as “immoral.”

Posted: April 8th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

RH defeat humbles Catholic bishops

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Advocates of the Reproductive Health law mounted a vigil in front of the Baguio courthouse of the Supreme Court on Monday (Apr. 7) in anticipation of a ruling on the constitutionality of the RH law.  PHOTOS BY EV ESPIRITU/ INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

And the Catholic Church graciously accepted defeat.

Posted: April 8th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

SC: RH law constitutional

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Advocates of the Reproductive Health Law waited for more than a day for the Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of the RH law, and as the court sat en banc at its summer courthouse in Baguio on Tuesday  April 8 , actress Giselle Toengi found time to shoot a selfie with the crowd. This was moments before the court decided that the law was constitutional, and the purple crowd went wild. Some broke into tears.  EV ESPIRITU/ INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

The Supreme Court upheld Tuesday the constitutionality of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012 but nullified some of its provisions.

Posted: April 8th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Anti-RH group sees victory via narrow vote in SC

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A group opposed to the reproductive health (RH) law said on Tuesday it was expecting a narrow victory in the Supreme Court ruling on the controversial measure, with two magistrates “making the difference.”

Posted: April 2nd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

SC urged to affirm legality of RH Law

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Former Health Secretary Esperanza Cabral: More teenage pregnancies

With teenage pregnancies on the rise, proponents of the reproductive health law on Wednesday urged the Supreme Court to decide on the petitions challenging the measure and to uphold its constitutionality.

Posted: March 20th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

P580 M more needed to meet women’s needs in disaster area – UN agency

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The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) said Wednesday it needs $12.9 million (around P580 million) in additional funding for life-saving reproductive health care and protection programs for women in Eastern Visayas, where the need for support by the international community persists a hundred days since Super Typhoon Yolanda devastated the region.

Posted: February 19th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Church still firm vs RH law but wants no enemies because of it

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The Catholic Church remains firm in its stand against the controversial reproductive health measure, according to Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines president Archbishop Socrates Villegas (in photo). INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Catholic Church remains firm in its stand against the controversial reproductive health (RH) measure, the head of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said to clarify the speculations that it has softened its position.

Posted: January 29th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

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