The Philippine Supreme Court, on a 10-5 vote, today delayed the implementation of the country's historic reproductive health law for four months until oral arguments can be heard on the law's constitutionality. The controversial family planning bill was passed in December after a 14-year no-holds-barred campaign by the Catholic Church to keep it from becoming law. The church, unable to stop the measure in the legislature, appears to have used their allies in the country's divided Supreme Court to delay implementation. Ten separate petitions have been filed by allies of the church to attempt to stop the law from going into effect. Oral arguments are set for June 14.
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