The Catholic Church isn’t giving up the fight against the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) bill.
Dr. Rene Josef Bullecer, Human Life International director, said the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) will ask the Supreme Court (SC) to declare the bill as “unconstitutional.”
“We will question the constitutionality of the law,” he said.
President Benigno Aquino III reportedly signed the bill, the final step for the bill to be enacted into law.
Bullecer said the petition, which includes a request for the issuance of a temporary restraining order (TRO), will be lodged before the High Court next week.
“We hope for the best. We do believe they (SC justices) will listen to the clamor of the Filipino people that the law is unconstitutional,” he said.
As a new year is set to start, Bullecer hopes that the Church will do its best to counter the implementation of the RH bill.
“The Church, including its leaders, should be more proactive in our campaign to (protect) the culture of life from the present culture of death,” Bullecer said.
NEXT LOGICAL MOVE
Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, an anti-RH bill supporter, said he welcomed the President’s decision to sing the law without a “big fuss.”
Rodriguez said the next logical move for those opposing the bill would be to question it before the Supreme Court.
Rodriguez, who fiercely battled with RH bill proponents at the House of Representatives, said he would meet with like-minded House members and senators beginning next week to plot their next move.
“It’s not yet over, definitely not,” said Rodriguez, former dean of the San Sebastian College of Law. “There is always the option to go to the Supreme Court in view of the gross violations of this law on the Constitution.”
Both the House of Representatives and the Senate chose to approved the RH bill amid strong opposition from the Catholic Church and pro-lie groups.
The Church continues to lobby against the RH bill, whose provisions include public access to government-funded supplies of condoms and contraceptives. /Ador Vincent S. Mayol with inquirer report