Business groups back RH law

Posted at 03/25/14 2:25 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The country’s largest business groups again expressed support for the immediate implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012 or the RH Law.

In a joint statement, the Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP), Makati Business Club (MBC), Management Association of the Philippines (MAP), and Philippine Chamber of Commerce & Industry (PCCI) maintained its position that the health measure “reflects the true will of the people and is an illustration that democracy prevails in our nation.”

“Consistent with our statements last August 2012 and October 2010, we reiterate our unequivocal opposition to any measure that condones abortion in any way and limits free choice. The RH Law successfully hurdles these concerns. In fact, we strongly believe that the law protects and enhances the people’s Constitutionally-enshrined rights to life and good health, freedom of choice, and a living wage and income,” the business groups said.

The groups urged government to fully and properly implement the law without delay, saying responsible parenthood is key to attaining sustainable and inclusive growth.

“The RH Law is a complement to current and proposed initiatives to address long-standing challenges to the country’s development,” the groups said.

Several petitions assailing the legality and constitutionality of the RH Law have been filed before the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court will deliberate on the petitions during its summer session in Baguio City on April 8.