2. Make your own appeal for the TRO to be immediately and unconditionally lifted
If you are outraged about the possibility of no longer having birth control options available in the Philippines, make your voice heard. Call for the TRO to be lifted immediately. Here are some things you can do:
Sign this petition making an appeal to the Supreme Court to lift its TRO. Once you have signed, pass on to at least 10 of your friends when you sign so you can help spread the word.
Use the hashtag #DontTakeAwayMyBirthControl when you post this petition or any articles related to the Supreme Court TRO.
Tell the the High Court why you need birth control. Are you a woman who needs to take birth control pills to manage a medical condition? Are you a woman who can manage her budget and take better care of her family because she can manage the number of children she has? Are you a person who thinks women should have the right and the freedom to choose to use birth control because among other things? It’s 2017!
There are reports that certain municipalities are moving to file their own resolutions to appeal for the lifting of the TRO. Check on the efforts of your local municipality and see how you can help or participate. Maybe they are doing their own signature campaign, see how you can help gather signatures.
What you can’t do is do nothing. The health and well-being of millions of Filipino women are at stake. The country is running out of birth control options. We are running out of time.
Ana P. Santos is Rappler’s sex and gender columnist and independent journalist. In 2014, she was awarded the Miel Fellowship by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting in Washington, D.C.