President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an executive order mandating universal access to modern family planning tools, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia announced yesterday.
“The EO is really for modern family planning services to be adopted by women of reproductive age,” Pernia said.
Pernia said implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012 got “stymied” since some groups’ petition against one of its provisions before the Supreme Court.
Pernia explained that the EO is just telling the public, including the Supreme Court, that the government cannot tolerate this delay in judgment because time is of the essence as far as the RPRH Law is concerned.
Pernia said 11 women die every day because of pregnancy and birth complications.