Swift decision on RH law sought
Manila, Philippines — Concerned about the country’s ballooning population, lawmakers are asking the Supreme Court to finally decide on the fate of the Reproductive Health (RH) law.
Teddy Brawner Baguilat made the appeal after Commission on Population (PopCom) executive director Juan Antonio Perez III disclosed that the country’s population is set to reach more than 100 million in the third or fourth quarter of 2014.
“For me, before the end of the first half of 2014, the SC should put to finish to this case, so that the policy issue addressed by Congress through the RH law should be put into life, implemented and its desired results be felt by our country. Half a year is ample time to arrive at a very sound and legal decision,” said Tugna.
Baguilat said there is a need for the SC to swiftly decide on the law, which does not only address increasing population growth but also high incidence of HIV infections and maternal deaths.
He said if the SC was able to immediately decide on the legality of the priority development assistance fund (PDAF), it should also “decisively” act on the RH law implementation.
“No more delay. We sink or swim with the SC decision. Not just to curb runaway fertility, but also to combat maternal deaths, teenage pregnancies and HIV infections,” he said.
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