DEBATES on the constitutionality of the controversial Reproductive Health law has been moved to July 9 from the original schedule of June 18.
Supreme Court spokesperson Theodore Te said Tuesday the justices reset the oral arguments "because of the many interventions that have been filed recently as well as several other petitions still coming in."
The Court granted the interventions of outgoing Albay Representative Edcel Lagman; Senator Pia Cayetano; former Health secretaries Esperanza Cabral, Jaime Galvez Tan and Alberto Romualdez Jr.; lawyer Joan de Venecia and law students Korina Ana Manibog and Jan Robert Beltejar.
Also accepted were the interventions of Filipino Catholic Voices for Reproductive Health and Interfaith Partnership for the Promotion of Responsible Parenthood, Inc.
A preliminary conference involving petitioners, respondents and intervenors is scheduled on Thursday at the SC to thresh out issues to be discussed during the debates on Republic Act 10354.
The law's implementation was delayed by a 120-day status quo ante order, which will expire on July 16.
Malacañang said the law is essential to protect women reproductive health rights while giving couples a choice on how to plan size of their families.
Petitioners allied with the Catholic Church, however, see it as a population control measure. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)