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'RH Bill Story' launch: Fight for reproductive rights continues

Oct 21, 2018 - 8:58 PM

Marilen Dañguilan, a medical doctor trained in policymaking, launches her book 'The RH Bill Story: Contentions and Compromises'

BOOK LAUNCH. Marilen Dañguilan launches her book 'The RH Bill Story: Contentions and Compromises.' Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

WATCH: Book launch of 'The RH Bill Story: Contentions and Compromises'

Oct 19, 2018 - 5:43 PM

In her book, Marilen Dañguilan writes a fascinating account of the long and stormy process behind the enactment of the reproductive health law

[ANALYSIS] Whatever happened to the Reproductive Health Law?

Oct 18, 2018 - 1:21 PM

In her book, Marilen Dañguilan doubts if the story of the RH Law will ever end, what with the strong lobby of religious groups as well as the legal bedrock on which they can always anchor their counterarguments

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.

Slum mothers' lives endangered by failure to implement RH law

Nov 24, 2017 - 1:01 PM

The number of Filipinas who die from complications of giving birth remains high, according to the United Nations figures

'All systems go' for Pinays to avail of contraceptives from DOH

Nov 16, 2017 - 12:48 PM

The DOH will prioritize the distribution of the 261,000 implants kept in its Manila-based warehouse, as their insertion time is set to expire by September 2018

RH FRONTLINE. From L to R: PopCom executive director Juan Antonio Perez III, FDA director general Nela Charade Puno, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, and Health Undersecretary Mario Villaverde and Gerardo Bayugo hold a press conference on November 16. Photo by Mara Cepeda/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

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

SC: TRO on implants final and executory

Sep 01, 2017 - 12:03 PM

There s nothing left to be done but to comply says Supreme Court spokesman Theodore Te

Supreme Court of the Philippines on Padre Faura in Manila

Duterte says Sereno 'sitting on' decision on RH 'medicines'

Aug 30, 2017 - 11:48 AM

If the TRO issued by the Supreme Court is not lifted soon 90 of contraceptive brands will be unusable come 2018

[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

HIGHLIGHTS: Issues mentioned in SONA 2017

Jul 25, 2017 - 10:13 AM

Rappler compiles the following highlights of President Rodrigo Duterte s second State of the Nation Address

SONA 2017. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) before members of Congress on July 24, 2017. Malacañang photo

Lack of sex education hurts female labor migrants

Jul 01, 2017 - 10:03 PM

Getting pregnant has little to do with promiscuity but everything has to do with ignorance

[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

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

'I am a nun but I am pro-RH law' – Sr Mary John Mananzan

May 16, 2017 - 4:45 PM

At a forum that seeks to unite women Sr Mary John Mananzan hits critics of the reproductive health law – including bishops

WATCH: The risks Filipino women face

Mar 29, 2017 - 11:44 AM

This social video features reproductive health services and information for marginalized communities in remote regions

RIGHT TO KNOW. Farmidah Ali is a mother of nine and a grandmother, and she's only 37. Photo credit: Oxfam sa Pilipinas

#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

EO 12 to 'pressure' SC ruling on contraceptive implants – Pernia

Jan 11, 2017 - 5:38 PM

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia also says EO 12 allows local governments to find ways around the TRO in order to fully implement the reproductive health law

SUPPORT FOR FAMILY PLANNING. National Economic Development Authority Director-General Ernesto Pernia lauds President Duterte's Executive Order No 12. File photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

Drug rehab, RH budget, Zika, and other public health newsmakers in 2016

Dec 15, 2016 - 11:00 AM

Here are 8 issues in the public health sector that made headlines in 2016

NEDA: Poverty incidence could fall with full implementation of RH law

Nov 06, 2016 - 9:50 PM

The poverty incidence could fall to 13 15 in 2022 from 21 6 in 2015 This estimate also assumes continued economic growth which NEDA expects to remain on track for the 3rd quarter of 2016

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

DOH honors health champion Miriam Santiago

Sep 30, 2016 - 6:46 PM

The health department lauds the senator s contributions to crafting laws which served as basis for the foundation in establishing Universal Health Care

WISH GRANTED. RH advocates led by Sen Miriam Defensor Santiago and Pia Cayetano have been pushing for the RH bill to be certified as urgent. File photo by Ayee Macaraig

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

Why RH matters: Teenage moms and childhood undernutrition

Sep 01, 2016 - 7:00 PM

Government officials push for the full implementation of the reproductive health law as part of the efforts to improve child nutrition in the country

Strong Q2 showing maintains pace for more inclusive growth – DOF

Aug 18, 2016 - 7:00 PM

We expect to continue this growth trajectory but with a difference from the previous administration because we will be reducing poverty rates says Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III

DepEd chief hits schools that kick out pregnant girls

Aug 05, 2016 - 9:58 PM

There are schools which automatically kick out children who get pregnant and automatically also destroy their lives says Education Secretary Leonor Briones

SEX EDUCATION. Education Secretary Leonor Briones rebukes schools that kick pregnant girls out of school.

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

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DOH readies case vs Sorsogon mayor for 'gross violation' of RH law

Jun 22, 2016 - 6:03 PM

Because of an executive order declaring Sorsogon City as pro life family planning commodities have been withdrawn from the city and services have been stopped by the mayor arbitrarily say health officials

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

Challenges for next health chief: Immunization, TRO on implants

Jun 15, 2016 - 5:22 PM

Janette Garin hopes her successor won t have to encounter the inconveniences and problems she had to go through in her one year and 4 months as health secretary

Duterte: 3-child policy just a ‘suggestion’

May 24, 2016 - 11:53 AM

I cannot force the people to follow We are just suggesting that you are in good hands if you just limit the number of your children says President elect Rodrigo Duterte

DUTERTE'S SUGGESTIONS. Rody Duterte grants media interviews on Monday night, May 23. Photo by Manman Dejeto/ Rappler

[Dash of SAS] Love and sex advice from the Pope

May 19, 2016 - 12:50 PM

Many of the laws in the Philippines are based on the love and sex advice dispensed by the Church says sex and gender columnist Ana Santos

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

Health care and the 2016 elections

Mar 12, 2016 - 8:30 AM

Are presidential candidates saying the right thing when it comes to health care in the Philippines?

80% of PH voters likely to pick bets backing CCT program

Mar 05, 2016 - 4:14 PM

The continuation of the CCT program and implementation of the RH law are the most supported advocacies among Filipino voters according to the SWS survey

CCT. Indigent families receive benefits from the government's Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) Program. File photo by Jodesz Gavilan/Rappler

From EDSA to RH: Church clout weakens in PH

Feb 26, 2016 - 10:34 AM

CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas however tells Rappler that the Catholic Church ‘should not really have a political clout’

CHURCH-LED PROTEST. Filipinos stage a protest against the reproductive health bill on August 4, 2012, at the EDSA Shrine. This Catholic shrine commemorates the peaceful People Power Revolution along the iconic EDSA highway from February 22-25, 1986. Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

RH budget cut: 3 unanswered questions

Feb 05, 2016 - 11:38 AM

Why did the health secretary know about the cut after the fact? Why did Loren Legarda allow it? Why did the realignment go to health facilities and medical assistance?

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

RH champions awarded for contributions to family planning

Jan 29, 2016 - 1:23 PM

Former Representative Edcel Lagman and Health Secretary Janette Garin s efforts to promote family planning earn them international recognition

AWARDED. Former Congressman Edcel Lagman and Department of Health Secretary Janette Garin receive awards for contributing to the passage of the Philippines' Reproductive Health Law. Photo by Ana Santos

Abortion? Vote according to compassion, conscience

Jan 26, 2016 - 8:25 PM

I am confident that as taxpayers we will be mindful that the very basic right to safe and legal abortion affecting the health and lives of women and their families will be in our hearts and minds on election day

[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

RH budget cut exposes problematic lawmaking in PH

Jan 21, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Lesson to learn: lawmakers should not leave it to a small group – the chairmen from the Senate and the House – to decide the final provisions in the budget law

Advocates on RH budget cut: 'We've let our guard down'

Jan 13, 2016 - 2:47 PM

Former Albay representative Edcel Lagman is suspicious of what happened at the bicameral conference committee on the 2016 budget where the budget cut was made

RH BUDGET CUT. RH law advocates dramatize the controversial RH budget cut during a press conference of the Purple Ribbon for RH Movement on January 13, 2016. Photo by Jee Y. Geronimo/Rappler