The Supreme Court today has issued a Status Quo Ante Order against the implementation of the RA 10354 or the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012.
In a 10-5 (For and Against) decision, the Supreme Court temporarily stopped the implementation of the RH Law for 120 days with oral arguments set on June 18, 2013 at 2:00 PM.
The SC Justices that voted for the Ante Order were Presbitero Velasco Jr., Teresita de Castro, Arturo Brion, Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Roberto Abad, Martin Villarama Jr., Jose Perez, Jose Mendoza, and Bienvenido Reyes. On the other hand those who dissented were SC Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno, Antonio Carpio, Estela Perlas-Bernabe, Mariano Del Castillo, and Marvic Leonen.
Meanwhile, the Malacanang through its Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said ”We will observe the SQA resolution issued by the Supreme Court and we are confident that government will be able to defend the merits of the Responsible Parenthood Law.”