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Tanzanian president seeks end to contraception

Sep 10, 2018 - 9:37 PM

'You have cattle. You are big farmers. You can feed your children. Why then resort to birth control? This is my opinion, I see no reason to control births in Tanzania,' President John Magufuli says in a speech on September 9

ENDING CONTRACEPTION? Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli (C) reviews an honor guard of troops as he attends a ceremony marking the country's 56th independence anniversary in Dodoma on December 9, 2017. File photo by AFP

CA denies pro-life group's plea vs FDA

Jun 11, 2018 - 10:14 PM

The Court of Appeals decision effectively lifts a TRO by the Supreme Court and paves the way for the implementation of the Reproductive Health Law

JUNKED. The Court of Appeals denied an appeal filed by the Alliance For the Family Foundation Philippines, Incorporated against the Food and Drug Administration Authority.

Lack of condom use contributes to rising HIV infections in PH

Feb 05, 2018 - 5:17 PM

'Successive Philippine governments have failed miserably to propagate condom use and educate young Filipinos to avoid HIV transmission,' says Carlos Conde of Human Rights Watch

Want free condoms? SafeSpacesPH app tells you where you can get it

Dec 30, 2017 - 3:57 PM

SafeSpacesPH is a mobile application where establishments that dispense condoms with water-based lubricants can be located

An actual interface of the Safe Spaces App showing the location of Depots and its details. Photo from LoveYourself

TRO on Implanon contraceptive implants deemed lifted

Nov 13, 2017 - 3:25 PM

The Food and Drug Administration rules Implanon and Implanon NXT are non-abortifacients

NON-ABORTIFACIENTS. The FDA says contraceptive implant brands Implanon and Implanon NXT are non-abortifacients. Illustration by Shellete Gipa/Rappler

Implanon contraceptive implants do not induce abortion – FDA

Nov 12, 2017 - 7:31 PM

(UPDATED) The FDA certification that Implanon and Implanon NXT are non-abortifacients is a condition set by the Supreme Court for lifting the 2-year-old TRO on contraceptives

NON-ABORTIFACIENTS. A nurse in a clinic in Tabaco, Albay, shows boxes of Implanon that are nearing expiration. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Duque assures public he’ll implement RH Law

Nov 06, 2017 - 12:40 PM

DOH Secretary Francisco Duterte III once followed ex-president Gloria Arroyo's hardline stance against contraceptives when he served in her Cabinet

UPHOLDING THE LAW. Secretary Francisco Duque III assumes the DOH post on November 6, 2017 from former secretary Paulyn Ubial. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Contraceptives review won't be influenced by politics, hysteria – FDA

Nov 03, 2017 - 8:12 PM

FDA director general Nela Charade Puno emphasizes the agency's review of 51 contraceptives – which could soon lead to the lifting of the SC TRO – is 'technical and scientific in nature and not a political one'

NO POLITICS. FDA chief Nela Charade Puno assures the public the agency is undertaking technical and scientific assessment of 51 contraceptives. Photo from FDA

[OPINION | DASH of SAS] Lifting TRO on contraceptives: Waiting for the FDA

Nov 03, 2017 - 4:00 PM

We need to make sure the FDA hears our voices. We need to let them that we urgently need them to complete the resolution on the 51 contraceptive brands.

FDA to certify implants as not inducing abortion – PopCom

Nov 02, 2017 - 11:00 AM

(2ND UPDATE) With the FDA set to certify contraceptive implant brands Implanon and Implanon NXT as non-abortifacients, the DOH and RH Law advocates expect the Supreme Court to lift its TRO

GO SIGNAL. The FDA says contraceptive implant brands Implanon and Implanon NXT are non-abortifacients. Illustration by Shellete Gipa/Rappler

Want to tackle economic inequality? Start by meeting women's RH needs – UN

Oct 19, 2017 - 6:25 PM

The United Nations Population Fund's State of World Population 2017 focuses on reproductive health and rights in the age of inequality

Ubial expects TRO on implants to be lifted by September

Sep 04, 2017 - 4:55 PM

The Commission on Population also clarifies that the temporary restraining order on contraceptive implants has not become permanent

[Dash of SAS] Harmful side effects of SC TRO on contraceptives

Aug 09, 2017 - 2:03 PM

The TRO gave anti RH officials the perfect excuse to restrict the implementation of the RH Law in accordance with personal beliefs

FDA to hold hearing on contraceptives' certification on August 21

Aug 08, 2017 - 3:14 PM

The FDA will hold a series of summary hearings on contraceptives to comply with the SC s conditions to lift the TRO against two brands of implants

TO LIFT THE TRO. The Food and Drug Administration will conduct summary hearings on the certification of contraceptives in response to the SC TRO on implants.

[DASH of SAS] That Supreme Court TRO

Jul 30, 2017 - 8:52 AM

The Supreme Court did not issue a temporary restraining order TRO against the implementation of the RH Law They issued a TRO on contraceptives

Sereno clarifies: No TRO on RH law or pills, just 2 implants

Jul 27, 2017 - 11:48 AM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno reiterates that the issue is now for the Food and Drug Administration to resolve

TRO ON IMPLANTS. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno clarifies that the SC's temporary restraining order only applies to 2 brands of contraceptive implants. Photo by Rappler

Population Commission hopes SC will soon lift implants TRO

Jul 15, 2017 - 10:42 AM

We now have a roadmap wherein the TRO will be lifted we hope within the year says Commission on Population Executive Director Juan Antonio Perez III

SC file photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Conflict-zone contraception for the Boko Haram homeless

Jul 10, 2017 - 3:59 PM

According to the International Rescue Committee internally displaced people are extremely vulnerable to sexual abuse

[DASH of SAS] Supreme Court TRO on contraceptives not yet lifted

Jun 04, 2017 - 9:30 AM

But the High Court clarifies its decision on a number of issues concerning contraceptive implants and the product registrations of all oral contraceptives

FDA to hear soon whether implants cause abortion

May 30, 2017 - 8:02 PM

UPDATED The health secretary echoed the Supreme Court s explanation that the TRO would be deemed lifted if the questioned drugs and devices are found not abortifacient

#PinayTakeAction: Let's talk about reproductive health

May 28, 2017 - 9:40 PM

Watch our discussion on reproductive health and find out how you can take action

Filipino women, couples 'facing limited choices for RH' – Ubial

May 26, 2017 - 7:20 PM

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial says health workers face an unprecedented challenge but the agencies working on reproductive health will not falter

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH. In this file photo, Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial attends her confirmation hearing at the Office of the Senate in Pasay City on May 17, 2017. File photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

TRO on implants to stay, SC blames DOH for delay

May 26, 2017 - 4:37 PM

The High Court notes that the temporary restraining order it issued in 2015 never meant to enjoin the processing of the entire gamut of family planning supplies that have been declared as unquestionably non abortifacient

[DASH of SAS] Running out of birth control and running out of time

Apr 24, 2017 - 11:02 PM

What women need to do as birth control pills and other hormonal contraception options disappear from drug stores

#DontTakeAwayMyBirthControl: Besh, we need to talk about RH law again

Mar 05, 2017 - 6:30 AM

Sign the petition asking the Supreme Court SC to lift its TRO on contraceptives

[Dash of SAS] When you run out of birth control pills

Jan 19, 2017 - 12:30 PM

President Duterte’s signing of EO 12 is a step in the right direction, but the Supreme Court still has to lift its TRO

[DASH of SAS] Give the gift of choice

Jan 06, 2017 - 2:58 PM

Support some groups who empower Filipino families to exercise their reproductive health rights even when the Department of Health could not

PROTECTION. A reproductive health advocate from the Family Planning Organization of the Philippines (FPOP) demonstrates how to slip a condom using a banana during a training for volunteer health workers on the different types of contraceptives at a health care clinic in Quezon City.

DOH asks Supreme Court to lift TRO on contraceptives

Oct 10, 2016 - 11:35 PM

The DOH s motion for reconsideration also seeks the reversal of a decision that ordered the FDA to determine if certain contraceptive drugs and devices are abortifacients or non abortifacients

SC denies plea to lift TRO on distribution, sale of implants

Sep 14, 2016 - 8:36 AM

The High Court orders the Food and Drug Administration to find out whether certain contraceptive drugs and devices are abortifacients or not

SONA 2016: Duterte urges full implementation of RH law

Jul 25, 2016 - 6:15 PM

But the President is silent on a 2015 temporary restraining order from the Supreme Court which advocates consider the biggest challenge in implementing the reproductive health law

IMPLEMENT RH. In his first State of the Nation Address, President Rodrigo Duterte says the reproductive health law 'must be put into full force'. Screenshot from RTVM

The Hague ruling, Duterte’s rating, contraceptives | 6PM wRap

Jul 13, 2016 - 8:09 PM

Watch Rappler’s 6PM newscast with Camille Elemia

Most contraceptives to run out by 2018 – PopCom

Jul 13, 2016 - 1:21 PM

UPDATED Filipino women will be left with a limited number of expensive products by then as the more affordable products will lose their certificates in 2017 says the Commission on Population

Use of modern family planning methods in PH rose in 2015 – report

Jun 22, 2016 - 4:15 PM

A report says government and non governmental organizations allocated a total of P40 70 billion in 2015 for the implementation of the Reproductive Health law

Abortion rates plunge in rich nations, unvaried elsewhere – study

May 13, 2016 - 11:45 AM

Researchers say the stubbornly high rate of abortions in poorer countries highlights an urgent need for better access to modern contraception including the pill implants and IUDs

Probe into RH law implementation starts April 1

Mar 31, 2016 - 12:22 PM

It is not enough that we have passed the RH Law; we must ensure that its provisions are carried out and that its promise of non judgmental and safe access to RH commodities and information is fulfilled

RH advocates endorse Robredo for VP, 3 senatorial bets

Mar 15, 2016 - 1:55 PM

The Purple Ribbon for RH Movement deems Senator Tito Sotto and Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao as unworthy of the people s vote

PURPLE VOTE. Former health secretary Esperanza Cabral (2-R) leads the endorsement of senatorial candidates Risa Hontiveros (3-R), Walden Bello, and Leila de Lima, and vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Vatican says chill, Pope not backing pill

Feb 20, 2016 - 11:42 AM

Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi says the pontiff had been talking about the possibility of having recourse to birth control only in emergency cases

POPE FRANCIS ON ZIKA. Pope Francis leaves the Apostolic Nunciature in Mexico City, Mexico, February 17, 2016. Photo by Sashenka Gutierrez/EPA

Pope on Zika and contraceptives, Marcos wealth, Toyota | 12PM wRap

Feb 19, 2016 - 12:12 PM

Watch Rappler’s 12PM newscast with Maria Ressa

Pope Francis on Zika: Contraception a lesser evil

Feb 19, 2016 - 1:53 AM

The pontiff says abortion is a crime but adds that avoiding a pregnancy is not an absolute evil

epa05156298 A picture made available on 12 February 2016 of Leticia de Araujo (L) holding her daughter, one-month-old Manuelly Araujo da Cruz, who was born with microcephaly after being exposed to the zika virus during her mother's pregnancy, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 11 February 2016. The mother Leticia de Araujo, who caught the Zika virus during her third month of pregnancy, says that it is possible to raise her daughter in a completely normal way. 'The only difference is that Manuelly has a time when she cries a lot and gets very nervous waving her arms' but 'beyond that is normal'. EPA/ANTONIO LACERDA

Youth-friendly HIV testing center opens in Manila

Feb 16, 2016 - 12:38 AM

LoveYourself Uni also functions as a community center where people can hang out in a safe non judgmental environment

LOVE YOURSELF. The LoveYourself hubs are powered by over 600 trained volunteer counselors. Photo by Ana Santos

The kids are having sex and they are not OK

Feb 11, 2016 - 10:50 AM

Studies show that more young people than ever before are sexually active but without proper sexual reproductive health information and access to contraception they are left banging in the dark

Sotto threatens to sue Rappler, columnist for piece on RH budget cut

Feb 04, 2016 - 2:42 PM

The senator wants the Thought Leaders piece Magnanakaw sa Senado by Dr Sylvia Estrada Claudio taken down within 10 days

RH BUDGET CUT. RH law advocates, posing as Senators Tito Sotto and Loren Legarda, dramatize the controversial RH budget cut during a press conference of the Purple Ribbon for RH Movement on January 13, 2016. File photo by Jee Y. Geronimo/Rappler

Meeting RH-related SDG targets: 'Work must start from Day 1'

Jan 23, 2016 - 7:19 PM

Former health secretary Esperanza Cabral talks about what the Philippines must do differently to achieve the targets under the Sustainable Development Goals related to reproductive health

SDGs AND RH LAW. Former health secretary Esperanza Cabral talks to Rappler about what must be done to achieve Sustainable Development Goal targets related to reproductive health. Screenshot from Rappler

[DASH of SAS] Her name is Rosalie and she has 17 children

Jan 21, 2016 - 9:44 PM

The scrapping of the P1 billion DOH budget for contraceptives will affect about 4 million women who are among the poorest of the poor

JEREMY. Young parents like Jeremy are sometimes unaware of the need for family planning. Photo by Ana Santos

'Magnanakaw' sa Senado

Jan 18, 2016 - 11:00 AM

Hindi matanggap ni Senator Tito Sotto na tinalo siya ng mga maralita at mga kababaihan nang maipasa ang reproductive health law kaya t ninakaw niya ang P1 bilyong pondo nito sa bicameral committee

Manila City Hall file photo from Wikicommons

DBM: Enough funds in 2016 budget for RH law

Jan 15, 2016 - 3:25 PM

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad says the health department can draw at the very least around P900 million from different fund sources to buy family planning commodities

ENOUGH FUNDS. A volunteer from the Family Planning Organization of the Philippines shows some sample of oral and injectable contraceptives along with male and female condoms at their office in Quezon City

Pia Cayetano: Difficult to trust Legarda again after RH budget cut

Jan 14, 2016 - 1:26 PM

UPDATED [The bicameral committee] disregarded the sanctity of the system The chairperson is supposed to represent our interest but did not says the principal sponsor of the reproductive health law

TRUST ISSUES. Senator Pia Cayetano says she would have difficulty trusting Senator Loren Legarda again after a P1-billion allocation for contraceptives was removed from the 2016 budget.

DOH to source P337.5M for contraceptives from 2015 budget

Jan 13, 2016 - 6:37 PM

The fund meant for the purchase of blood pressure apparatus for barangay health workers will now be used as the source of funds for contraceptives in 2016

RH BUDGET CUT. Health Secretary Janette Garin holds a news briefing on the RH budget cut on January 13, 2016. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

DOH may have to divert family health fund to purchase contraceptives

Jan 08, 2016 - 11:32 PM

Health Secretary Janette Garin explains how the justifications for the P1 billion reproductive health budget cut by senators Legarda and Sotto don t add up

Miriam Santiago on RH budget cut: 'Immoral'

Jan 08, 2016 - 11:56 AM

The enemies of reproductive health never sleep We too must not rest in fighting for women s health says the senator a co sponsor of the reproductive health law

'IMMORAL.' Senator and presidential candidate Miriam Defensor Santiago condemns the P1-billion budget cut supposedly meant to purchase family planning commodities for Filipinos. File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler