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Pros and cons claim victory in SC decision
Harley F. Palangchao
Headlines, 4-13-2014


The Supreme Court en banc on Tuesday declared the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012 “not unconstitutional” during their summer sessions in Baguio.

But the High Tribunal has scrapped eight provisions, which the Catholic Church and its allies cheered and claimed as yet a victory for the pro-life advocates.

The SC en banc finally reached a decision after more than a decade of debates both in Congress up to the time President Benigno Aquino III signed it into law in December 2012.

Pro-RH advocates were in jubilation when SC Spokesperson Theodore Te read the decision at the SC compound in Baguio last Tuesday afternoon.

Pro and anti-RH advocates held a vigil in front of the SC   compound since April 7 hoping the decision will be in their favor.

There was silence on the side of anti-RH advocates when Te read a prepared statement.

“The (Supreme) Court, after a scrutiny of the various arguments and contentions of the parties in the foregoing consolidated cases consisting of 14 petitions challenging its constitutionality and two interventions to uphold its constitutionality, unanimously held that Republic Act 10354 is not unconstitutional based on the grounds raised, except with respect to items,” Te announced.

An hour after the pronouncement, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines president and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas urged Catholics to respect the SC decision.

However, Villegas claimed there’s still victory as the High Tribunal has watered down the law and consequently upheld the importance of adhering to an informed religious conscience even among government workers.

“We cannot see eye-to-eye with our pro-RH brethren on this issue but we can work hand-in-hand for the good of the country,” Villegas said in a statement.

The eight provisions of the RH Law declared unconstitutional are the following:

Section 7(a), which requires private health facilities, non-maternity specialty hospitals, and hospitals owned by religious groups to refer patients not in an emergency or life-threatening situation to another health facility which is conveniently accessible, and (b) provides access to family planning and RH services to minors who have been pregnant or had a miscarriage without  parental consent;

The rest of Section 7 that provides access to family planning, was upheld by SC, notably this line: “All accredited public health facilities shall provide a full range of modern family planning methods, which shall also include medical consultations, supplies and necessary and reasonable procedures for poor and marginalized couples having infertility issues who desire to have children;”

Section 23-A-1, which punishes RH providers, regardless of their religious belief, who fail or refuse to disseminate information regarding RH services and programs;

Section 23-A-2-i, which allows a married individual not in a life-threatening case to access RH procedures without the consent of the spouse;

Section 23-A-3, insofar as it punishes an RH provider who fails to refer any non-life-threatening case to another RH provider;

Section 23-B, insofar as it punishes any public officer who refuses to support RH programs;

Section 17, which mandates a 40-hour pro bono service by private and nongovernment RH service providers, including gynecologists and obstetricians, as a prerequisite for Phil Health accreditation;

Section 3.01-A and J of the RH Law Implementing Rules and Regulations, which defines abortifacients as “primarily” inducing abortion instead of simply inducing abortion; and

Section 23-A-2-ii, which prohibits RH service providers from refusing to perform legal and medically-safe reproductive health procedures on minors in non-life-threatening situations without parental consent.



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