We've been warned that contraceptives for women may soon be unavailable, a dilemma that began in 2015, when a group called Alliance for the Family Foundation Philippines filed a complaint with the Supreme Court (SC). The group has alleged that certain contraceptive implants allowed under the RH Law have "abortifacient side effects."
So the SC issued a TRO that prevents the government from procuring, selling, distributing, dispensing, administering, advertising, and promoting implants. The SC ruling also stopped the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from granting pending applications for all reproductive products, including contraceptives.
Despite the clamor of RH advocates, the SC continues to enforce the TRO. Meanwhile, the licenses issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for contraceptives have been expiring one after the other.
With three more certificates of contraceptives for women expiring this May, we're left with only 23 contraceptives on the market.
Based on the data from Commission on Population (POPCOM), CNN Philippines listed the contraceptives that are still available in the market. As of Sunday, May 21, one more certificate expired -- that of Cybelle --bringing the number of available contraceptives available down to 23.