Philippines contraception law signed by Benigno Aquino

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Philippines President Benigno Aquino has signed into law a bill providing for free access to contraception and family planning.


Supporters say the law, which took 14 years to pass, will reduce poverty and maternal mortality in a country with the highest birth rate in the region.

The Roman Catholic Church repeatedly tried to block the bill.

The country’s Congress failed to pass the measure several times before giving it final approval on 19 December.

The law is due to take effect in mid-January, said presidential spokeswoman Abigail Valte.

“The passage into law of the Responsible Parenthood Act closes a highly divisive chapter of our history – a chapter borne of the convictions of those who argued for, or against this act,” she said.

“At the same time, it opens the possibility of co-operation and reconciliation… engagement and dialogue characterised not by animosity, but by our collective desire to better the welfare of the Filipino people.”

Written By: BBC News
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13 COMMENTS

  1. I’ve lived in the Philippines my whole life and I hate seeing attempts at progress get squandered by special interest groups. As long as the church and other dead weight organizations pry their noses where it doesn’t belong, nothing of any significance will ever happen here. That campaign that the tourism department launched about how everything is “More fun in the Philippines” is all bullshit.

  2. ” The Roman Catholic Church repeatedly tried to block the bill. “

    Of course they did. When your cognitive processes spring from not only the 13th century but a skewed view of reality what else can you do?

  3. The Pope says NO !

    For every period a wasted egg, for every wank, millions of doomed sperm. For every abortion, 70% are caused by God ! For every Catholic priest, billions of doomed sperm destined to die agonising deaths of futility ! Much like their producers !

  4. Supporters say the law, which took 14 years to pass, will reduce poverty and maternal mortality in a country with the highest birth rate in the region.

    The Roman Catholic Church repeatedly tried to block the bill.

    Wow! Does this mean that the foreign cowboy shipowners, running under flags of convenience, will soon have to look elsewhere for cheap under-trained labour?

  5. i am completely baffled that the catholic church never seems to oppose poverty and maternal mortality with the same stridency, and political cunning as it opposes family planning. in opposing practices of which it disapproves, why does this church never propose alternatives which will achieve the same ends, viz: a reduction in poverty and maternal mortality but without having to abandon its (ridiculous) dogmas?

  6. The church that cares more about sperm and ova than about actual human beings? Don’t “reconcile” with them, hold them up for what they are for all to see. Christian Fascists who demand final approval of any proposed legislation, even in democratic societies.
    Not to mention the fact that the RCC is the worlds largest paedophile protection ring.

  7. In reply to #7 by Net:

    i am completely baffled that the catholic church never seems to oppose poverty and maternal mortality with the same stridency, and political cunning as it opposes family planning. in opposing practices of which it disapproves,

    why does this church never propose alternatives which will achieve the same ends, viz: a reduction in poverty and maternal mortality but without having to abandon its (ridiculous) dogmas?

    It is because it uses that pseudo-thinking process known as “faith”, in which random outcomes please “god”, and wishful thinking delivers self-congratulatory delusions of achievement!

  8. It would be interesting to know what the catholics have contributed to the world population explosion …which could ultimately lead to human extinction. From about 1 billion in 1804 to 7billion in 2012…it is such a crisis and the catholic morons don’t seem to get it? They should be tried in the world court for crimes against humanity. Thank ‘god’ some governments have the wisdom to ignore religious nonsense.

  9. In reply to #9 by MarcusA1971: Christian Fascists who demand final approval of any proposed legislation, even in democratic societies.

    This bit reminds of an article I just read about Kansas governor Sam Brownback.
    I knew he would cause problems if elected-sure enough, he’s barely into his first term
    and has already proclaimed a “Day of Restitution”. ‘A day to collectively repent of distancing
    ourselves from god’. He’s catholic and is referred to as “Pastor Brownback”.
    sam brownback

  10. As a Filipino woman I am relieved that the 14 years of lobbying has ended, but the fight against ignorance and injustice continues. We have to make sure that the law will be properly implemented. We have to remain vigilant. The church will resort to dirty tactics such as threats of hellfire and campaigns against liberal politicians during this year’s elections. Remember the pastoral letter they read during service last December 16? And that Catholic university that gave extra credit to students who publicly opposed the passage of the reproductive health bill (via social network) some time ago?

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