Business groups press for RH Law immediate implementation


Various business groups on Tuesday pressed for immediate implementation of the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) Law.

Among the groups that expressed full support for the RH Law are Employers Confederation of the Philippines, Makati Business Club, Management Association of the Philippines and Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

“We, the undersigned business groups, reaffirm our strong support for the immediate implementation of RA [Republic Act] 10354, the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012,” the business groups said in a consolidated statement.

The implementation of the RH law was temporarily stopped after the Supreme Court (SC) issued an injunction against it.

“In our goal to attain sustainable and inclusive growth, the RH Law must be fully and properly implemented without delay,” the business groups said.

They maintained that the proposal “reflects the true will of the people.”

But the business groups reiterated their “unequivocal opposition to any measure that condones abortion in any way and limits free choice.”

The same statement was issued by the business groups in August 2012 and October 2010.

“The RH Law successfully hurdles these concerns. In fact, we strongly believe that the law protects and enhances the people’s constitutionally-enshrined rights to life and good health, freedom of choice, and a living wage and income,” the groups said.

While the High Court is yet to resolve the constitutionality of the RH law, the business groups expressed belief that it could be used as strategy for poverty reduction.

They said the RH Law is a complement to current and proposed initiatives to address long-standing challenges to the country’s development.

The groups called on supporters of the RH Law to continue to publicly express support for the law’s immediate implementation.


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