After two years, the temporary restraining order (TRO) issued by the Supreme Court on contraceptives has been lifted. In a press release by the Food and Drug Administration, they have deemed the 51 contraceptives listed in the original complaint as non-abortifacient (not inducing abortion), and is currently working on their recertification. The Department of Health has released a statement welcoming the FDA's decision.
"In my understanding, since the FDA had already issued an advisory, the TRO is lifted. There’s nothing wrong if FDA furnishes the (SC) with a copy but the lifting is automatic," Health Undersecretary for Health Regulation Mario Vallaverde tells the Philippine Star.
The Supreme Court's 2015 resolution required the FDA to submit an evaluation that proves the non-abortifacient nature of 51 contraceptives. This was done in order to ensure that the available contraceptives in the country have undergone due process prior to certification.
In response to the FDA's announcement, Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III states that the DOH is "committed to fully implement the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law" and is positive that all concerned government agencies shall extend full cooperation in advancing the reproductive health of Filipinos.
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