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RH law full implementation by November 30

Sep 28, 2014 - 7:06 PM

The full implementation of the RH law can be expected by November 30 once the FDA certifies that the contraceptives to be distributed by the DOH are non abortifacient

RH LAW. Once the FDA certifies that the family planning commodities used by the DOH are 'non-abortifacient,' the RH law will be in full swing. File photo by Franz Lopez/

#Yes2RH: Selfies in support of the reproductive health law

Mar 27, 2014 - 5:26 PM

Using the hashtag Yes2RH upload selfies on your Facebook and Twitter accounts from March 28 until April 8 in support of the reproductive health law

Belmonte to SC: Voiding RH law a veto on people's will

Feb 11, 2014 - 1:17 PM

Belmonte warns the decision on the case would have deep and far reaching implications for the country

PH Church 'right' despite Pope Francis' comments

Sep 24, 2013 - 1:52 PM

[The Pope] did not rebuff the strong opposition to contraception abortion or homosexual marriage He just set it on proper grounding

'NO REBUFF' Catholic leaders say their stance against contraception, abortion and gay marriage stands. File photo of the Manila Cathedral. AFP/Noel Celis

Chief Justice takes up cudgels for RH law

Jul 24, 2013 - 6:30 AM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno cautions an anti RH lawyer against questioning the wisdom of lawmakers Get people who think like you elected first she says

RH Law showdown: Let's use more data

Jul 16, 2013 - 2:18 PM

The essence of the RH law can be argued and justified using hard empirical data

Pro, anti-RH groups in show of force

Jul 09, 2013 - 2:15 PM

Pro and anti RH law groups hold separate rallies in front of the Supreme Court before oral arguments

PRO RH LAW. Pro RH law groups rally in front of the Supreme Court hours before the the oral arguments. Photo by Ace Tamayo/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: #RHLaw oral arguments

Jul 09, 2013 - 12:22 PM

Should the Supreme Court strike down Republic Act RA No 10354 or the Reproductive Health law as unconstitutional?

A hard look at abortion in the PH

Jul 02, 2013 - 8:31 PM

Research shows that 90 of the women who have abortions are Catholic and that 70 have some high school education

Bacolod bishop: 'Uphill battle' in anti-RH campaign

Apr 28, 2013 - 10:59 AM

But the huge turnout of the anti RH rally last April 27 has inspired the Bacolod diocese says its bishop

STILL NO TO RH LAW. Anti-RH rally participants chant "Junk the RH Law" at the Bacolod City public plaza Saturday, April 27. Rappler/Gilbert Bayoran

Supreme Court: Order vs RH law stays

Apr 02, 2013 - 2:23 PM

UPDATED The High Tribunal junks a motion seeking to lift its order stopping the implementation of the Reproductive Health law

IMPLEMENT RH LAW. Raquel Villanueva, one of the mothers who supported the passage of RH law, said the SC should not stop its implementation.

Hontiveros to SC: Don't let families wait

Mar 25, 2013 - 12:23 PM

She tells the SC the suspension of the law will cause a permanent and lasting harm to mothers and children

IMPLEMENT RH LAW. Raquel Villanueva, one of the mothers who supported the passage of RH law, said the SC should not stop its implementation.

Move over 'Team Patay,' here's 'Purple Vote'

Mar 20, 2013 - 12:40 PM

Advocates say they will also consider candidates stand on other pertinent issues

PURPLE VOTE. RH advocates launches a campaign to support pro-RH bets. Photo by Angela Casauay

Delaying RH bill puts women at risk - HRW

Mar 20, 2013 - 8:19 AM

4 months is a long time for an interim order the human rights group says

WOMEN AT RISK. HRW respect the Philippine judicial system but says delaying the implementation of the RH puts women and girls 'at risk.' File photo by AFP

Calm down, DOH tells RH supporters

Mar 19, 2013 - 7:09 PM

The department was all set to implement the RH law

SIGNED. The document on the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the RH Law is signed in Baseco, Manila. Photo by Ana Santos

SC order a temporary setback - lawmakers

Mar 19, 2013 - 6:45 PM

Lawmakers are confident the High Court will eventually uphold the constitutionality of the law

SC stops RH law implementation

Mar 19, 2013 - 1:52 PM

2nd UPDATE Implementation suspended for 120 days; Oral arguments set June 18

Lagman: Priests violated confession secrecy rule

Mar 17, 2013 - 2:37 PM

Albay Rep Edcel Lagman said some priests violated the secrecy of the sacrament of confession in a bid to revive the fight against the Reproductive Health law

RAPPLER/File photo

2 Negros dioceses say no to 'Team Patay' tarps

Mar 05, 2013 - 2:17 PM

San Carlos Kabankalan dioceses to focus on voter education instead

NONE IN SAN CARLOS, KABANKALAN. Tarpaulins like these will not be put up in the two Negros dioceses. Photo by Charlie Saceda

SC issues TRO vs Comelec on Bacolod church tarp

Mar 05, 2013 - 2:02 PM

UPDATED The Comelec was set to file an election offense against the Bacolod diocese but the TRO would effectively prevent them from doing so

'NEW' LOOK. The smaller 'conscience vote' tarpaulins now comply with size requirements. Photo by CHARLIE SACEDA

More 'Team Patay' tarps in Bacolod churches

Feb 27, 2013 - 2:32 PM

Over 90 priests have agreed to hang similar tarpaulins in their parishes in a meeting with Bacolod Bishop Vicente Navarra

'NEW' LOOK. The smaller 'conscience vote' tarpaulins now comply with size requirements. Photo by CHARLIE SACEDA

Pro-RH lawmakers need to win in May - Lagman

Feb 07, 2013 - 9:03 PM

Advocates of the RH law gather February 5 to celebrate the historic passage of the controversial measure recognize the champions inside and outside Congres and look ahead

Spiritually pro-RH

Jan 24, 2013 - 8:59 AM

Humility demands that we know the limits of personal experiences and beliefs And it is cruel to use the death and suffering of people to argue for your political cause

Church, presidents and the RH law

Jan 11, 2013 - 1:04 PM

It clearly taught us one of the big lessons in politics If you need something to be passed political will and I mean strong political will should start with the President Garin says

RH bill co-author Iloilo Rep Janette Garin

High Court asked to strike down RH law

Jan 02, 2013 - 5:18 PM

Petition also asked the SC to issue a temporary restraining order to stop the implementation of bill signed into law on Dec 21 2012

Miriam: Not having RH law cruelty to poor

Dec 31, 2012 - 4:18 PM

Sen Miriam Defensor Santiago says the RH law is the highlight of my year as senator and as a woman

'CHURCH NOT PERFECT.' Sen Miriam Defensor Santiago says the Church is not perfect, adding that the time has come for the RH bill. Photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

RH law: The long and rough road

Dec 30, 2012 - 5:53 PM

The RH law is a culmination of the hard work of a battalion of RH advocates inside and outside Congress and a President who stepped up to complete the job

RH and elections: Pols knew there’s no Catholic vote

Dec 29, 2012 - 6:04 PM

How the bishops misread the signs miscalculated their strength misjudged lawmakers’ definition of ‘political survival’

#RHlaw benefits felt in 5 years - Lagman

Dec 20, 2012 - 7:32 PM

You will not feel it immediately Much of the work will have to be a massive national information campaign says Rep Edcel Lagman

Reluctant Sotto 'did not delay RH bicam'

Dec 19, 2012 - 7:45 PM

The Senate ratifies the RH bill bicam report in a vote of 11 5 Cayetano says it s a momentous day

PH to have RH law this year - Palace

Dec 19, 2012 - 4:00 PM

2nd UPDATE After 14 years a reproductive health bill hurdles obstacles and now awaits the President s signature

How senatorial candidates voted on RH bill

Dec 18, 2012 - 10:36 AM

6 senatorial candidates voted in favor of the RH bill; 5 were against it

Plastics, rubbers and why senators voted on RH

Dec 18, 2012 - 9:52 AM

From plastics to rubbers to Victor Hugo senators offer funny and serious explanations in their RH bill vote

Yay or nay? Netizens react to #RHBill

Dec 17, 2012 - 11:05 PM

How did you react when Congress passed the RH bill?

How solons voted on final reading of RH bill

Dec 17, 2012 - 9:11 PM

Voting 133 79 7 the House of Representatives approved the Reproductive Health bill on third and final reading on Monday December 17

Senate, House OK RH bill; make history

Dec 17, 2012 - 7:42 PM

The next step is the bicameral conference committee where both chambers of Congress will consolidate the two different versions of RH bill

Senators approve RH bill on final reading

Dec 17, 2012 - 7:42 PM

UPDATED After months of debates the Senate approves on final reading the controversial Reproductive Health bill

Senator Pia Cayetano defends the RH Bill. Photo from Pia Cayetanos' Facebook Page.

In a wheelchair, Miro Quimbo votes 'Yes' to #RHbill

Dec 17, 2012 - 7:08 PM

I got out on a temporary pass just to vote says Quimbo

RH bill passes House on final reading

Dec 17, 2012 - 6:40 PM

After a 14 year delay the House of Representatives passes the RH Bill on 3rd and final reading

Senate RH bill saga reaches climax

Dec 16, 2012 - 6:41 PM

Monday’s vote in Senate is the culmination of a heated emotional and at times comical battle between supporters and critics of the one of the most divisive measures in Congress

'OVER AND OVER.' RH bill sponsors Senators Miriam Defensor Santiago and Pia Cayetano look forward to the vote on the measure after answering questions "over and over again" for more than a year. File photo from Cayetano's Facebook page

Miriam on RH: Aquino slew monster; Sotto: Poor PH!

Dec 14, 2012 - 2:17 PM

Sen Santiago says President Aquino did what other presidents could not by certifying the RH bill urgent

'PURPLE CHRISTMAS.' RH advocates led by the Reproductive Health Advocate Network visit the Senate to give "RH now" lanterns to RH sponsors Sen Pia Cayetano and Sen Miriam Defensor Santiago. Former Health Secretary Alberto Romualdez was also present. Photo by Ayee Macaraig

Aquino on RH bill: From half-baked to urgent

Dec 14, 2012 - 12:18 PM

From hesitant to urgent President Aquino has come a long way in expressing support for the RH bill

President Aquino certifies RH bill urgent

Dec 14, 2012 - 7:59 AM

2nd UPDATE In a last minute move President Aquino certifies as urgent the Reproductive Health bill to ensure its approval before the Christmas break

What a slim #RHvote margin means

Dec 13, 2012 - 10:52 PM

The showdown continues until the final vote expected to happen on the 3rd week of December

The solons who skipped the RH bill 2nd reading vote

Dec 13, 2012 - 9:24 PM

Here s the list of solons who were either absent or did not participate when the House of Representatives voted on the RH Bill on 2nd reading

Historic vote. The House of Representatives approves the RH Bill on 2nd reading. Photo by Egay G. Aguilar

What ‘yes’ to RH bill means for Senate bets in the House

Dec 13, 2012 - 6:28 PM

Surveys say they could get a considerable number of votes for their stand

No to RH so 'we can Filipinize the world!'

Dec 13, 2012 - 4:03 PM

Lawmakers used nominal voting as an opportunity to explain their votes on the RH bill

Historic vote. The House of Representatives approves the RH Bill on 2nd reading. Photo by Egay G. Aguilar

How solons voted on the 2nd reading of the RH bill

Dec 13, 2012 - 2:00 PM

Here s the list of the lawmakers who vote for and against the RH bill

26 LP members vote 'No' to RH bill

Dec 13, 2012 - 1:47 PM

How the political parties voted on the RH bill