After decades of debates, the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law (RA 10354) or RH Law was passed in 2012.
However, in 2015, the Alliance for the Family Foundation Philippines filed a complaint to the Supreme Court (SC). The group alleged that certain contraceptive implants that are allowed under the RH Law have "abortifacient side effects."
"The SC issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) on June 17, 2015, which prevents the government from procuring, selling, distributing, dispensing, administering, advertising, and promoting implants," reports Domini M. Torrevillas in the Philippine Star.
In other words, the RH Law was rendered pretty much useless by the TRO.
Yet on Friday, November 4, 2016 RH advocates launched a signature campaign urging the SC to lift the TRO on the RH Law. Their signature campaign, "An Appeal to the Supreme Court to Lift the TRO Affecting Family Planning," is up on Change.org.
In a GMA News Online report, Beth Angsioco, the head of the Democratic Socialist Women of the Philippines, is quoted as saying, "This is a joint effort. [We plan to collect] 1 million signatures. We are going to go to communities nationwide."
She added, "We are not trying to fight SC. What we want SC to know is that justice can only be served to women if the TRO is lifted."