With FDA clearance, halt order on contraceptives 'deemed lifted': Lagman

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Posted at Nov 17 2017 09:58 AM | Updated as of Nov 17 2017 03:28 PM

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MANILA - The temporary restraining order from the Supreme Court on the distribution of certain contraceptives is "deemed lifted" after regulators ruled that these were not abortion aids, one of the authors of the Reproductive Health Law said Friday.

Opponents of the RH law can ask the Office of the President to overturn the decision of the Food and Drugs Administration, said Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman.

Lagman cited the high court's ruling on the TRO, which said it "would be deemed lifted if the questioned drugs and devices are found non-abortifacients."

On Sunday, after months of reevaluation, the FDA re-certified both subderman implants and 49 others as non-abortifacient or drugs that cannot cause abortions, prompting the Department of Health to resume distribution of the contraceptives.

Lagman, quoting a study by the Population Commission, said the TRO caused a "tremendous" impact on unplanned pregnancies, infant mortality.

“That was the consequence of the TRO because there was a stoppage on the access to these important contraceptive products which were the choice of many women acceptors," he told ANC's Headstart.

With the lifting of the court order and the need to acquire contraceptives, Lagman said the RH Law's budget should also be augmented from the current P165.4 million.