PHILIPPINES: Supreme Court extends order stopping RH law

Last March 19, on the Feast Day of St. Joseph, protector of the Holy Family, the Supreme Court ordered a temporary restraining order against the implementation of the RH Law.  Today, July 16, on the Feast Day of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, the Supreme Court voted to extend its hold older against full implementation of this new law. “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Rom 8:31).  The fight for life continues and we continue our prayers, especially for our Supreme Court justices. 


In a close vote, Supreme Court (SC) justices on Tuesday extended indefinitely the status quo ante order (SQAO) stopping the implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law.

The SC Public Information Office said the justices voted 8-7 to extend the order, issued last March against the health measure, delaying its implementation. The order was supposed to expire on July 17, Wednesday.  

The eight justices who voted to indefinitely extend the hold on the RH Law were Associate Justices Jose Catral Mendoza, Presbitero Velasco Jr., Teresita Leonardo-De Castro, Arturo Brion, Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Roberto Abad and Jose Perez.


Seven justices, on the other hand, wanted to extend the status quo ante order for 90 days only. They are Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, Associate Justices Martin Villarama, Mariano Del Castillo, Bienvenido Reyes, Estela Perlas-Bernabe and Marvic Leonen.


The SC’s 15 magistrates started hearing oral arguments against the law last week. The second round of oral arguments on the controversial law is scheduled for July 23.

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