Senator Vicente C. Sotto III on Sunday expressed doubts on the intent of some organizations that have been urging the Supreme Court to lift the temporary restraining order on the procurement of hormonal contraceptives.
“These NGOs are up to something else. Their motivation is misplaced. They should focus on implementation not shoot down the entire law,” Sotto said.
He belied allegations that Filipino families are being deprived of their rights to choose their preferred family planning method.
Sotto said millions of pesos have been allocated to the Department of Health for the procurement of contraceptives.
The 2017 proposed budget for the DoH’s Family, Health and Responsible Parenthood Program is P4.2 billion, of which P165 million has been allocated for contraceptives.
“The Supreme Court issued a TRO against the provision which they think violated our Constitution. Buying contraceptives that have not passed through the approval of the Food and Drugs Administration is a gross violation of our law,” Sotto said.
In September, the high court denied the plea of the Office of the Solicitor General to lift the TRO that stopped the DoH from “procuring, selling, distributing, dispensing or administering, advertising and promoting” the hormonal contraceptive Implanon and Implanon NXT.
The SC also ordered the FDA to find out whether the said contraceptives are abortifacients or not.