The Department of Health and the Population Commission express concern over the increasing rate of maternal deaths in the country.
For this reason, DOH and Popcom are asking the Supreme Court to lift the temporary restraining order imposed on RA 10-354 or the Reproductive Health Law.
Popcom has explained that since 2015 when the Supreme Court blocked the implementation of the Reproductive Health Law, the country’s population increased by half a million.
With RH Law, Popcom predicts the country’s population to reach 110 million by the end of President Duterte’s term in 2022. But without the law, our population will further grow to 113 million.
“From June 2015 up to around February of this year, we predict an additional 500K additional pregnancies. Yung 500K additional pregnancies would result in 1,100 maternal deaths… and over the next 5 years there will be an additional 7,000”, said Popcom Executive Director Jose Antonio Perez.
DOH is concerned that the country’s population would grow even further after 2019 because the country can no longer import contraceptives by then.
“Hindi pa handa ibig sabihin hindi pa ready yung katawan dahil kapapanganak palang at gustong bigyan ng space o kaya medyo may edad na pero posible paring mabuntis madami ng anak hindi naman makatigil na magtrabaho. So ito yung ilan sa mga dahilan kaya nagkakaroon tayo ng mortality rin among pregnant”, health undersecretary Gerando Bayuga said.
In 2016, the Supreme Court rejected the lifting of the TRO. Since then, the use of injectible contraceptive Implanon and Implanon NXT has been banned.
Instead of lifting the TRO, the Supreme Court returned the petition to the Food and Drug Administration who was ordered to investigate if Implanon and Implanon NXT are contraceptives used for abortion.
This was after SC has proven that a total of 77 contraceptives petitioned by the petitioner were identified as abortifacient or capable of abortion.
The Supreme Court also ordered FDA to draft certain guidelines for review and approval of contraceptives to be used under the RH law as well as details of selling, purchasing, and distribution of contraceptives.
The high court insists the life of the unborn child is still of utmost priority. – Rey Pelayo | UNTV News and Rescue
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