Philippine President Duterte Signs Executive Order To Implement Reproductive Health Law Despite Supreme Court’s Restraining Order

Associated Press: Philippines to offer free contraceptives to poor
“Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered government agencies to ensure free access to contraceptives for six million women who cannot obtain them, officials said Wednesday, in a move expected to be opposed by the dominant Roman Catholic church…” (1/11).

Philippine Star: Duterte signs EO to implement RH Law
“President Rodrigo Duterte issued Executive Order 12 which implements Republic Act 10354 or the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012. The Reproductive Health (RH) Law has not been implemented due to a temporary restraining order issued by the Supreme Court…” (Viray, 1/11).

Sun Star: Duterte inks EO for full implementation of RH Law
“…[National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) Director General Ernesto] Pernia said the government is expecting that the SC would lift the temporary restraining order it issued against two key contraception medicines, in order to fully implement the RP-RH Law…” (Gita, 1/11).