A Birth Control Battle Looms in Manila

There is no subject like sex to prove beyond doubt the extent of the Catholic Church’s influence on politics and governance in the Philippines. For years, proponents have been attempting to push family planning through the Philippines Congress, to no avail. The country has one of the highest birth rates in Asia, at 24.07 live births per 1,000 population. By one estimate, two babies are born every minute in the Philippines.

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