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‘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 »

Palace: Gov’t ready to carry out RH law

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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.  PHOTO BY EV ESPIRITU/ INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

Now that the Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of the much-debated Republic Act No. 10354 or the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012 (RH law), the government is gearing to implement the measure sans any legal impediment.

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

More Filipinos urge SC to approve RH law – SWS

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Apparently more Filipinos agree that the much vilified Reproductive Health law should be deemed constitutional by the Supreme Court, if the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey is to be believed.

Posted: April 7th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

7 of 10 Filipino adults favor RH law – SWS survey

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At least seven out of 10 Filipino adults favor the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) law, the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey said.

Posted: April 7th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | 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 »

Church not obsessed with RH law–CBCP

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Fr. Melvin Castro, executive director of the CBCP—Episcopal Commission on Family and Life. http://cbcpforlife.com

A Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) official on Saturday replied to calls by supporters of the controversial reproductive health (RH) law for the Church to stop its “obsession with contraception.”

Posted: March 30th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

More health clinics needed, not RH law, says cleric

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The establishment of more public health facilities, not the Reproductive Health law, will help address the health needs of women and children, according to an official of the Episcopal Commission on Family and Life of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.

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

Belmonte asks SC: Don’t strike down RH law

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Striking down the Reproductive Health law is “a veto against the will of majority of our people.”

Posted: February 11th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Back RH, junk religious interference, SC told

LIT CANDLES and flowers in coconut shells float on the manmade lake of Burnham Park in Baguio City to serve as a sign for an “Atang ti Karurua,” or offering to the spirits, for the Supreme Court to uphold the reproductive health law. RICHARD BALONGLONG/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

Saying that the rule of law is governed by secular and not religious standards, individuals and groups have asked the Supreme Court to lift at once the status quo ante order on the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health (RH) Act (Republic Act No. 10354) and declare it constitutional.

Posted: November 6th, 2013 in Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Baguio advocates appeal to ‘spirits’ to clear way for RH law

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OFFERING TO THE SPIRITS  Performing artist Florenda Pedro, aka “Dumay Solingay,” holds one of the 55 coconut shells with lighted candles and flowers that floated at Burnham Lake in Baguio City at sundown on Tuesday. The event, called “Atang ti Karurua” (Offering of the Spirits), was held in connection with the passing of the reproductive health law.  RICHARD BALONGLONG/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

A spirit boat, laden with flowers arranged into a purple ribbon, sailed at Burnham Lake when dusk fell in the summer capital on Tuesday.

Posted: October 31st, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

‘A patient has the right to be referred to another medical practitioner’

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A government representative to the final rounds of oral arguments on the Reproductive Health Law (RH Law) on Tuesday defends the right of a patient to be referred to another health-care provider if the medical practitioner thinks the service being asked is against his or her religious and political beliefs.

Posted: August 27th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

RH law is gender neutral, says gov’t rep in final round of debates

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The Supreme Court building in Manila. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Reproductive Health Law does not discriminate a man or a woman when it provided that a health-care provider can be penalized if he or she refused to perform legal and medically safe health procedure over the absence of the spouse’s consent, Florin Hilbay, Senior State Solicitor of the Office of the Solicitor General, said Tuesday.

Posted: August 27th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Pia Cayetano, Lagman defend RH law

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PH law authors Sen Pia Cayetano (left) and Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman

The two legislators who authored the reproductive health (RH) legislation pleaded Tuesday with the Supreme Court to uphold the constitutionality of the suspended law, with Sen. Pia Cayetano arguing, among other things, that those challenging it had a “low” regard for women.

Posted: August 14th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

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