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RH law supporters, opponents await SC ruling

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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

“Judgment day” has sent supporters and opponents of the reproductive health (RH) law holding separate vigils in Baguio City where the Supreme Court is expected to deliberate on the controversial law more than a year after it was suspended.

Posted: April 8th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

RH advocates stage vigil as ruling nears

CORDILLERA artist Dumay Solinggay shapes a fertility symbol at a corner of downtown Session Road, composed of sawdust, small white flowers and pink candles, to dramatize her support for the reproductive health law. RH proponents marched down Session Road in Baguio to tie purple ribbons around street lamps and signposts, as they start a series of activities aimed at drawing attention to the law. The Supreme Court, which is in Baguio for its annual summer session, is scheduled to rule on the constitutional challenge against the law. EV ESPIRITU/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

A yearlong delay in enforcing the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012 (Republic Act No. 10354) has been “fatal,” reproductive health (RH) proponents said here.

Posted: April 7th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

RH advocates launch vigil, mass action ahead of SC judgment day

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Reproductive health proponents tied purple ribbons around trees and signposts lining downtown Session Road on Sunday to signal the start of an advocacy vigil.

Posted: April 6th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Anti-RH group girds for judgment day, sees slim win in SC

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Cloistered nuns pray inside the Little Souls church in Tagaytay City on March 1, 2014. In the days leading up to April 8, when the Supreme Court hands down its final decision on the controversial RH law, an “Oratio Imperata” for the protection of the family and human life will be said in every Mass and church bells will peal across the country to signify the Church’s continuing opposition to the law.  PHOTO BY RICK ALBERTO

A group opposed to the reproductive health (RH) law on Tuesday said it was expecting a narrow victory when the Supreme Court hands down its final decision 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 »

RH law advocates mount last ditch campaign for measure

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As judgement day on the controversial reproductive health (RH) law draws closer, its advocates and supporters urged Catholic bishops to be open-minded about the measure aimed to help curb poverty and to heed Pope Francis’ appeal for “new balance” in their pastoral ministry.

Posted: March 29th, 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

SC asked to declare RH law unconstitutional

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An official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Friday asked the Supreme Court to declare as unconstitutional the reproductive health (RH) law following allegations that pork barrel was used as “incentive” to push its approval.

Posted: September 28th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

RH proponents simulate lesson plan for teachers

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Students at Palawan State University (PSU) in Puerto Princesa City had a taste of what a class on reproductive health should be like if it were health columnist Dr. Margie Holmes and reproductive health (RH) law campaigner Carlos Celdran handling the course.

Posted: September 11th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Last hearing on RH law, gov’t has last word

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The government had the last word Tuesday at the oral arguments on the reproductive health (RH) law, assuring the Supreme Court that it was a “carefully balanced statute” that was in accord with the Constitution.

Posted: August 28th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

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