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    Phl senator: RH Law victory for women!

    PHILIPPINE Senator Pia Cayetano on Tuesday said Filipino parents can now decide on the number of their children with the decision of the Supreme Court declaring the controversial Reproductive Health Law as constitutional.
    ”I’m more than happy with the SC decision. We’ll now have information so that they can plan and will not resort to abortion. Families can plan to have children when they want to have children. This victory is really for the women who cannot afford. Our children will be taught of family planning,” Cayetano said.
    She said the RH law will empower women, teenagers and families to protect themselves from irresponsible and risky behavior.
    ”I am extremely pleased because this will send the right signal to our women and couples. This is for the poor women who do not have availability to access their own information and services. I’m really happy with the system of our government,” Cayetano said.
    The lady senator also respected the SC decision to strike down some provisions of the law.
    ”The provision struck down has little effect. The important thing is the access of Filipino people to information and services,” Cayetano said.
    The RH law, which took 13 years and four months to pass in both houses of Congress, was temporarily halted by the SC on March 19, 2013 following the filing of 14 petitions questioning its constitutionality.
    The petitioners have 15 days to appeal the decision, SC Spokesman Theodore Te said.
    Meanwhile, eight provisions of the RH Law and its Implementing Rules and Regulation (IRR) were declared unconstitutional.
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