Sources: TRO on contraceptives 'deemed lifted' by SC

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 15) — Sources from the Supreme Court on Wednesday said the temporary restraining order (TRO) on the recertification and distribution of contraceptives is "deemed lifted" folllowing the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) declaration that they are non-abortifacients.

The FDA on Sunday said "the 51 contraceptive products the agency evaluated for months have passed the strict requirements of the technical review and reevaluation process."

"Having met the requirements and passed the standards, the FDA is now preparing the recertification of these products," it added.

READ: FDA declares 51 contraceptives as non-abortifacients

The Health Department welcomed this development in a statement on Monday, saying the agency is committed to fully implement the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law (RH Law).

"We assure everyone that the full and strict implementation of the RH law which President Rodrigo Duterte ordered earlier this year will be fair, even handed and not adversely affect our people's health," Health Secretary Francisco Duque said in a statement, Monday.

Implementation of the RH Law is one of the 10 main priorities of President Duterte's socio-economic agenda.

The high court issued the TRO in 2015, which prohibited the distribution contraceptive implants Implanon and Implanon NXT following a petition from groups affliated with the pro-life movement and the Catholic church.

The TRO also stopped the FDA from granting pending applications for the registration and recertification of contraceptives.

READ: Supreme Court: No TRO vs RH Law implementation, contraceptives

In his second state of the nation address, the President hit the Supreme Court over the TRO as it stopped the distribution of 400,000 implants, most of which are set to expire in 2018.