MANILA - Catholic bishops on Wednesday expressed joy at the Supreme Court's decision setting a status quo ante order on the Reproductive Health Law.
"The Catholic Bishops are happy with the decision of the Supreme Court to postpone the implementation of the Reproductive Health Law for 120 days," said Bishop Gabriel Reyes, chairman of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines' (CBCP)Commission on Family and Life.
He said "bishops will be happier if the Reproductive Health Law is abrogated."
Reyes, in a press statement, said the CBCP is also supporting Catholic lay groups that filed the petition against the RH Law.
The National Youth Commission (NYC), meanwhile, said the Supreme Court decision is a disservice to youth.
Quoting Strategic Communications Secretary Ricky Carandang, the NYC said the law's suspension is a temporary setback.
"Every single day that RH Law is not implemented translates to more young people not having access to age-appropriate, culturally sensitive and evidence-based sexuality and reproductive health information and services," said NYC chairman Leon Flores III.
"Maternal deaths, teen/child pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases (STIs) and HIV/AIDS continue to be on the rise. We are losing time. We are losing lives," he said.
"The passage of the RH Law finally affirms the Commission's efforts and belief to promote reproductive health consciousness among the youth and protect them from elements that would compromise their health and well-being; that this very law is the key to influencing so they can be more responsible of their actions. To stop its implementation is detrimental to the welfare of the youth," the commission said.