Catholic, Muslim groups file motion to intervene on RH Law

May 31, 2013 10:07 pm 

MANILA, May 31 — Catholic and Muslim groups on Friday filed before the Supreme Court a motion seeking to be part of the case against the Reproductive Health Law.

Those who filed the motion are the Catholics for Reproductive Health and Interfaith Partnership for the Promotion of Responsible Parenthood, Inc.; Zahria Mapandi, of Al Mujadillah Development Foundation, Inc.; and Emeliza Bayya Mones, of Cleverkids School, Inc.

In their 11-page motion to intervene with leave of court, the movant-intervenors asked the SC to allow them to participate in the proceedings of the case because they will be affected, including their family if the RH Law will be declared as "unconstitutional".

They also filed a comment-in-intervention seeking that the SC dismiss the petitions questioning the legality of RH Law.

They said RH Law can help to prevent "unwanted pregnancies" and save the lives of women who are dying because of pregnancy.

They added the SC should rule in favor of the constitutionality of RH Law to preserve the rights of women to protect their health.

They argued RH Law must be upheld constitutional to allow the much-needed implementation of a national reproductive health program.

They further argued any disruption of RH Law, including the adolescent reproductive health educational program will prove to be detrimental to health and lives of poor Filipino women, rural and indigenous women, women in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and adolescent girls. (PNA)

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