The controversial Reproductive Health (RH) bill, which was ratified by the 15th Congress last December 19, was signed into law by President Benigno Aquino III, House majority leader Neptali Gonzales said on Friday.
In a text message sent to reporters, Gonzales said Aquino signed the bill last December 21 “without fanfare” after the Senate and the House of Representatives ratified its bicameral report.
The law is now known as the Republic Act 10354 or The Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012.
The RH law provides universal access to reproductive health care services and information, which do not prevent the implantation of a fertilized ovum as determined by the Food and Drug Administration. It prioritizes poorer households as identified by the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction.
A new law only takes effect 15 days after it is published in the Official Gazette or in at least two newspapers.