17 May '11, 8am

Philippines urged to rethink population management policies - Channel News Asia

Philippines urged to rethink population management policies - Channel News Asia

MANILA: The Philippines has one of the highest birth rates in Asia, and with over 40 per cent of the population living on US$2 a day, women's groups say it's time to rethink the country's population management policies. However, the influential Catholic Church opposes any proposal to promote artificial contraception. Given a choice, the women of San Andres, Manila would engage in family planning, even artificial family planning. However, economic reasons and religion prevent them from doing so. Various non-governmental organizations have been pushing for the enactment of a Reproductive Health Bill, that will include the use of contraceptives for family planning. But the influential Catholic Church's opposition to it has stalled its legislation for almost two decades, saying it promotes immorality. Advocates of the bill however argue that providing artificial birth control ...

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