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DOH asks SC to lift order vs contraceptive implants

Parents are gathered at the sports complex in Luna, La Union, for seminars and other interactive activities related to responsible parenthood, health and wellness, family planning and the use of contraceptives last Friday. (MB File- Erwin G. Beleo)

Parents are gathered at the sports complex in Luna, La Union, for seminars and other interactive activities related to responsible parenthood, health and wellness, family planning and the use of contraceptives last Friday. (MB File- Erwin G. Beleo)

The Department of Health (DOH) asked the Supreme Court (SC) to lift the restraining order that stopped the government from ‚Äúprocuring, selling, distributing, dispensing and administering, advertising and promoting‚ÄĚ contraceptive implants.

In a motion filed for the DOH by Solicitor General Jose Calida, the SC was also asked to reverse its ruling that declared ‚Äúviolative of the constitutional right to due process‚ÄĚ the certifications and re-certifications issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for 77 contraceptive drugs and implants.

In the same ruling issued last August, the SC directed the FDA to conduct public hearing on the contraceptive drugs and implants, including Implanon and Implanon NXT, to determine whether they are abortifacients or non-abortifacients.

‚ÄúThe Court found that the FDA certified, procured and administered contraceptive drugs and devices, without the observance of the basic tennets of due process, without notice and without public hearing, despite the constant opposition of petitioners,‚ÄĚ the SC said.

‚ÄúDue to the failure of the respondents to observe and comply with the basic requirements of due process, the Court is of the view that the certifications and re-certifications and the distribution of the questioned contraceptive drugs should be struck down as violative of the constitutional right to due process,‚ÄĚ the SC ruled.

The TRO was issued a year after the SC ruled that the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012 was constitutional.