Drilon: RH Law decision 'urgently needed'

Posted at 02/16/14 1:04 PM

MANILA -- Senate President Franklin M. Drilon urged the Supreme Court to finally issue a decision on the constitutionality of the Reproductive Health (RH) Act, saying the delays in its implementation have affected government efforts for maternal and infant care.

"More than 14 months since the historic passage of the reproductive health law, the government's hands are still tied when it comes to attending fully to the needs for maternal care of millions of mothers, most especially those living in the far-flung areas who barely had access to health services," he said.

The senator said the country just wants to remove the stumbling blocks in providing maternal and infant care, noting that the ruling “is vital in freeing the government to act on maternal deaths and other health complications affecting women, wives and mothers in the country."

Even if the high court issues a negative verdict, Drilon noted that lawmakers will then be able to proceed to formulate another national policy.

He urged the high court, however, to uphold the law.

"The fact that the RH bill underwent more than thirteen years' worth of debates, studies and consultations before it was approved is an undeniable proof that its passage went through an arduous and highly publicized process, where it was subjected to the full rigors of the Philippine legislative system, and where all views -- whether for or against its passage -- were fully observed and taken into account," Drilon said.