[ View the story "Birth control law upheld by Philippines Supreme Court" on Storify] Birth control law upheld by Philippines Supreme Court Filipinos celebrate ruling they say separates church and state.
The Stream· Tue, Apr 08 2014 10:30:46
In the video below, Supreme Court spokesman Theodore Te announces, "the RH law is not unconstitutional".
SC declares RH law constitutionalrapplerdotcom
Dressed in purple, Filipinos shared images of their celebration of the decision.
Pro RH Reaction to RH law rulingrapplerdotcom
#Victory selfie #upholdrhlaw #yes2rhFacebook
Advocates paint the town purple as they march from SC to People's Park via Session Road to celebrate SC's #yes2RH.
Many Filipinos praised the ruling.
Today the Supreme Court upheld the right of every Filipino esp women to reproductive health and family planning. #YES2RHpia cayetano
The Philippines took a huge step forward today. #RHLawKorina Iledan
It's final. RH Law is constitutional. It is a victory for people who mostly deserve universal health care. #Yes2RHSchurley Alonzo
Some added the decision highlighted a separation between church and state.
Separation of the Church and the State & the supremacy of the government in secular matters. #RHLawRichard Armand
It should be pretty obvious by now but the State is under no obligation to uphold Catholic or any other religious values. #Yes2RH #RHLawPopi Sunga
The Supreme Court decision is a triumph of reason over superstition. #RHLawMiriam Santiago
Others, however, opposed the decision on religious grounds.
Anti-RH Catholic groups gather in front of SC Baguio compound with banners that read "the pill kills" #RHlaw #Rappler
CBCP for Life
It is lawful for me to decline in providing reproductive health package because it is against my religion.#RHLawUlixes
I Don't agree to the approval. !! millions of filipino lives will be wasted. we must consider life as a precious and sacred gift from God. i do believe that God Wil Punish Those Who use it.Jyles Louis Hingpit
#Yes2RH #RHLaw O Mary Conceived Without Sin, please pray for us as we fight against the RH Law and contraceptive mentality.Monk's Hobbit
Although the RH law was upheld, the Supreme Court
some provisions unconstitutional, such as punishing health care providers who fail or refuse "to disseminate information regarding programs and services on RH regardless of his or her religious beliefs.”
At least the core provisions were striked downStephen Roy Fernandez Argosino
#RHLaw has been declared constitutional. Some provisions struck, but still a historic victory for supporters of secularism and human rights.Filipino Freethinker
The Catholic Bishop's Conference of the Philippines Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan
Although the Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of the RH law, it has truly watered down the RH law and consequently upheld the importance of adhering to an informed religious conscience even among government workers. It has also stood on the side of the rights of parents to teach their children.cbcpnews.com
The government said it is ready to implement the RH law, but needed to review the provisions deemed "unconstitutional".
[NewsLife] Malacañang: Gov't prepared to implement RH Lawptvphilippines
Pro-RH advocate Elizabeth Angsioco said:
Angsioco: We consider the deleted provisions impt but at the same time, I think the law can very well stand without these. #RHLawABS-CBN News