Women in our country are fortunate to enjoy the freedom to choose what they want and decide what is good for them. However, when the Supreme Court (SC) decided to impose a temporary restraining order (TRO) on the sale, distribution and use of contraceptives drugs and devices, such as implants, they took a degree of this freedom away from women.
Philippine Legislators Committee on Population and Development (PLCPD) Executive Director Rom Dongeto, said the “TRO violates the right to life and right to health of women as mandated by the Reproductive Health Act of 2012 (Republic Act No. 10354), or the RH Law.”
Under the RH Law, women are given universal access and liberty to choose from different methods of contraception and fertility control. They can choose from pills, diaphragm, cervical cap, patch, intrauterine device, and implants.
The TRO, however, limits the choice of women as it takes away the use of contraceptive implants until after the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) conducts public hearings to determine if it does not have abortifacient attributes, which is not within its mandate.
What the TRO does is violate Section 7 of the RH Law which clearly states “that no persons, no women shall be denied family planning information and services, whether it is natural or modern.”
When the TRO was implemented women were ripped of the right to avail of contraceptive implants, which are very effective and long lasting. Unlike pills and other birth control methods, these implants are effective for as long as three years. The TRO took away the convenience of not having to go to health centers every so often from women.
Why? Just because there are some people who are opposed to having the government spend in modern family planning method.
The TRO does not just take away women’s right to choose, but it will also cost the government P250 million if the contraceptives it purchased expires in the next two years.
It has been proven that the natural family planning method is not as effective as the modern family planning method, but why do we keep insisting on going back to archaic methods?