Court junks petition to stop abortion forum

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Prolife advocates stage protest outside the PICC against the 7th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights on Thursday, Jan. 23.

MANILA, Jan. 23, 2014— The Pasay City Regional Trial Court junked the petition to stop a session on abortion during the ongoing international conference on “reproductive health”. 

In a statement, the Prolife Philippines said their request for temporary restraining order was denied on the ground of “freedom of expression, among others”. 

The ruling, which came out at 2:30pm today, ordered the parties to prepare for the main hearing on Feb. 26. 

Prolife president Eric Manalang said their camp is set to argue on the said day the full implications of the 7th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights. 

He said they will also continue to seek “accountability of public respondents for allowing the hosting of abortion advocacy” despite the illegality of abortion in the country. 

“Let’s brace for more legal battles because no one else will speak for the unborn but those who respect life and the rule of law under our pro-life Constitution,” Manalang said. 

The organization had asked Pasay RTC Branch 301 on Jan. 21 for a TRO against event’s sessions on abortion held today, saying that it “insults and mocks” the law of the Philippines. 

Representing the Prolife Philippines, lawyer Jo Imbong said that under the law, publicly spousing crime like abortion “is also crime”. 

“So those who are promoting that discussion are violating the law,” Imbong said. (CBCPNews)

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