Team PNoy bet and former Akbayan Representative Risa Hontiveros is seeking to convince the Supreme Court to reconsider its status quo ante order (SQAO) on the implementation of the Reproductive Health law.
The intervenor in the high court case on the constitutionality of the new RH law expressed concern that "SQAO will cause an alarming aggravation of a status quo that causes maternal deaths and deprivation of the right to health of many Filipinos,” she said.
She insisted that the "immediate implementation of the law provides instant relief to women and mothers who are vulnerable to debilitating but preventable conditions."
The RH law or Republic Act (RA) 10354 was supposed to be implemented on Easter Sunday, March 31. On Tuesday, the SC issued the SQ with 10 High Court justices nodding to it, while five SC Justices opposed the order.
“There should be no folding of our purple banners yet. We shed tears of joy when the law was finally acted, but we are always ready to defend our gains and push for more reforms,” Hontiveros, who was included in the Team Patay list of the Diocese of Bacolod, said.
"We will defend the bill because it is morally right to do so and because the law is constitutional," she stressed.