Congress urged to give more funds for family planning
ALBAY Rep. Edcel Lagman yesterday urged Congress to put more funds for family planning following the re-certification by the Food and Drug Administration that the 51 contraceptives being questioned before the Supreme Court are nonabortifacient.
Lagman said that based on the proposed 2018 budget approved by the House of Representatives only P342.482 million was allocated for family planning due to the temporary restraining order issued by the Supreme Court on June 17, 2015.
“There is urgent need to augment the 2018 proposed appropriations for family planning supplies and devices in the General Appropriations Bill,” Lagman said. “The TRO and the pending recertification process by the FDA “justified” the small appropriation for family planning supplies.”
The FDA has recertified as non-abortifacient all 51 contraceptives, including the controversial sub-dermal implanon and implanon NXT and the commonly-used copper intrauterine device.
Pursuant to the Resolution dated April 26, 2017 by the Supreme Court, “after compliance with due process and upon promulgation of the decision of the Food and Drug Administration, the temporary restraining order would be deemed lifted if the questioned drugs and devices are found not abortifacients.”
Lagman insisted that the recertification of the 51 contraceptive products as non-abortifacient signals the automatic lifting of the TRO and the need for additional appropriations for family planning supplies.— Leifbilly Begas