After passing into law last December 2012, RH Law is yet to be implemented because of several petitions filed on the Supreme Court questioning its constitutionality. But it seemed heaven is again favoring its faithful RH advocates as the Supreme Court upholds its constitutionality just today.
In a press briefing held at the Supreme Court office in Baguio City today, SC spokesperson Justice Theodore Te, declared “RH Law is NOT UNCONSTITUTIONAL” with exception to some provisions in Section 7 and 23. Te also said that the SC unanimously voted for the RH Law’s constitutionality except for some provisions that were struck down where there were dissenting opinions.
Meanwhile, prime opposer of the law, the Catholic church, urged all Catholic faithfuls and anti-RH supporters to respect the decision of the Supreme Court.
In a statement published in the official website of CBCP, CBCP President and Lingayen Dagupan Arcbishop Mnsgr. Socrates Villegas said “We cannot see eye-to-eye with our pro-RH brethren on this divisive issue but we can work hand-in-hand for the good of the country.” He also asked everyone to “move on from being an RH-law-reactionary-group to a truly Spirit empowered disciples of the Gospel of life and love”
It was indeed a sweet victory for all RH advocates. For many decades of fighting in the streets and in the halls of congress, at last a Reproductive Health Law can now be implemented to help poor families get their needed reproductive health services. It was not an easy journey, that even though it has been passed into law it has yet to be implemented, but today the gates of heaven has opened and favored its cause. Thank You Supreme Court, this will be one of your greatest legacies.