Church praying High Court will ‘kill’ RH law


THE Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is hoping that the Reproductive Health (RH) law or Republic Act (RA) 10354 will go the same way as the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), which was declared unconstitutional by the High Court.

Fr. Melvin Castro, executive director of the CBCP—Episcopal Commission on Family and Life, said the Catholic Church is hoping that the Supreme Court (SC) will be guided by the Constitution, which respects human life, not by public pressure.

“The commitment of the state to protect family must be their basis to declare the law as unconstitutional,” Castro said.
The RH bill was signed into law by President Benigno Aquino 3rd in December 2012.

In March 2013, the SC stopped the implementation of the RH law when it issued a status quo ante (SQA) order valid for 120 days. The order was extended indefinitely when the SQA lapsed in July 2013.

The SC heard the final oral arguments on the case in August last year.

Senate President Franklin Drilon earlier urged the high tribunal to render a decision so that government can address the increasing concerns on maternal and infant care.

Castro said the Church is praying that the SC justices will rule against the RH law.

“Ang dasal natin na sana itong ating justices sa SC will be guided by wisdom, will be guided by their respect for life and their love for the Lord in this country to declare it [RH Law] as unconstitutional,” he said.


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  1. To the CBCP, the intention of the RH BILL is a complicated issue in relation to one’s spirituality, which created a major gap in understanding between the government and the church. It would be difficult for the people to follow, if you do not give them an alternative venue vs. the use of the pill to achieve a desired objective. In my own mind, whichever you choose, the desired goal is the same, ie to have children when you want to, or not at all, if that is what you want. In either case negates the rule of God and His blessing in the creation of life. If you like, you can perhaps use the KREIGHTON MODEL FERTILITY CARE SYSTEM which is an approach vs. the use of the pill.