Advocates of the Reproductive Health (RH) Law celebrated the recent clearing of 51 contraceptives by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
“The positive findings is a welcome development, especially for the millions of Filipinos calling for the lifting of the TRO against contraceptives and the full implementation of the RP RH law,” said Benjamin de Leon, president of The Forum for Family Planning and Development (The Forum).
On Sunday, the FDA found 51 contraceptive products covered by the temporary restraining order (TRO) of the Supreme Court (SC) since 2015 as non-abortifacient. In its Advisory No. 2017-302 dated Nov. 11, 2017, the FDA said it has already concluded the re-evaluation of the products.
The RH advocacy group also praised President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Secretary Ernesto Pernia of the National Economic and Development Authority for openly declaring support for the law and their continued call for its immediate implementation.
“After two long years, we would finally be able to implement our family planning program based on our RP RH Law. With a major barrier to our family planning program removed, we can now assure that every Filipino of reproductive age are provided with the whole range of quality family planning products and services that are effective, medically safe and non-abortifacient,” de Leon said.
The complete list of the contraceptives re-certified as safe and non-abortifacient can be found at the FDA website. (Charina Clarisse L. Echaluce)
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