17 May '11, 11am

Philippine contraception bill pits Aquino against Church

Philippine contraception bill pits Aquino against Church

The Church has a high-profile politician arguing its case: Manny Pacquiao (above), the world's best pound-for-pound boxer and a neophyte lawmaker, came out against the bill which would improve access to contraception and sex education. -- PHOTO: AP MANILA - PHILIPPINE politicians resumed debating on Tuesday a reproductive health bill that is increasingly seen as a test of the political will of President Benigno Aquino, a champion of the measure, and the Catholic Church which fiercely opposes it. The Church has a high-profile politician arguing its case: Manny Pacquiao, the world's best pound-for-pound boxer and a neophyte lawmaker, came out against the bill which would improve access to contraception and sex education. 'I am totally against the RH (reproductive health) bill,' Mr Pacquiao, 32, a father-of-four, told reporters after meeting members of the Catholic Bishops Co...

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