The lifting of the temporary restraining order (TRO) on the Reproductive Health Law is the second most pressing issue after the signing of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change that Filipinos should focus their attention to, according to former president Fidel V. Ramos.
Ramos, a staunch supporter of the RH Law, made the statement in an ANC Live interview Monday afternoon just as the Department of Health is helping gather one million signatures in support of the lifting of the TRO issued by the Supreme Court Second Division in June last year.
On Feb. 19, 2014, Ramos also called for the lifting of the first TRO issued by the Supreme Court that blocked a provision of the law regarding the distribution of contraceptives by government health workers.
“There are 15 mothers dying every day from lack of RH care in the country and the rate of teenage pregnancies has doubled in the last 10 years,” Ramos said in justifying his position, as reported then by GMA News.
Meanwhile, RH Law supporters are hoping to convince the SC to lift the TRO through one million signatures.
“The future of the law will depend on the SC. The injustice is not only for mothers but for the family,” said DOH Assistant Secretary Maria Francia Laxamana during a Family Planning Forum at the Novotel in Quezon City Monday afternoon, according to Newscentral.ph.
Benjamin de Leon, president of the forum, said millions of women could not access contraceptives because of the TRO, which bans local governments from promoting the distribution and marketing of family planning products and bans the DOH from approving applications for registration and re-certification of contraceptive products.
Lifting the TRO would prevent around 900 maternal deaths and over one million pregnancies every year, said Population Commission (Popcom) Executive Director Juan Antonio Perez III at the forum.