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Citizens Suing for Birth Control in Philippines

A group of impoverished Filipino citizens have filed a lawsuit in an attempt to gain access to condoms, the pill, and other forms of contraception. The plaintiffs argue that the denial of affordable contraception has resulted in unwanted pregnancies and harmful health effects.

In February 2000, Manila's mayor issued an executive order, branding contraception harmful to Filipino values. Health officials interpreted the order as a prohibition. As a result, previously free condoms and pills disappeared from clinics. Hospitals have since been denying sterilization procedures as well. Any contraception that is available is prohibitively expensive.

The Philippines has no official national policy regarding contraception in the 80 percent Catholic country. But even the president endorses the Church's views that artificial contraception should not be used. In addition, abortion is illegal and efforts to legislate guaranteed funding of AIDS prevention or family planning services have been blocked. It's certainly eye-opening to think about the reproductive rights so many of us take for granted.

Alaska-Traveler Alaska-Traveler 9 years
I don't know what there talking about, I live in the Philippines in the winters and every store and little shop their are condoms. "their all over" now I've never been to Manila, but I live on Cebu..their capital. I'm not 100% sure on birth control pill's but I'm pretty sure their every where to. They might not be legal for say, as far as their government is concerned. But nobody does anything about it. theirs no shortage.
yesteryear yesteryear 9 years
you can thank bush - he vetoed spending to help third world countries with family planning... i.e., birth control. and he'd do it here too if he could get away with it.
CupcakeGal10 CupcakeGal10 9 years
Fascinating, intriguing, and saddening article. Thanks for posting, Liberty! I work for the government, and the more work I do the more glaringly obvious it becomes that better family planning is needed all over the world. We're lucky to live in a more progressive country, although there's work to be done here as well!
luvthebosox luvthebosox 9 years
Birth control options and education are so important for developing countries. The ability of families to control how many children they have can be an important step in getting out of poverty. Although, cine_lover brings up a good point. I would guess that people more in favor of the ban would be better off and better equipped to deal with more children.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
Tiabia, This is why I am wondering the amount of people who are protesting against the amount that approve.
tiabia tiabia 9 years
This will definitely be one to watch. To see how the government reacts to the demands of it's citizens!!!
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
This is happening all over the world, countries that are not allowing people to have access to birth control. A lot of countries' governments also ban birth control-it's interesting that in the Philippines that citizens are taken a stand. Most other countries like Africa moreso, Kenya that tried this, the citzens were shot down and force to go without.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
Just wondering if we know the amount of Citizens that want the birth control and are filing suit, compared to the ones who support the ban on birth control? I also wonder if the government teaches the people about natural family planning, as an option of natural birth control.
millarci millarci 9 years
My poor relatives! I feel so bad for them!
jspeed jspeed 9 years
This is terrible... And there are people who would do that in this country if they could.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
This is interesting since this is happening in my country. But, I'm not surprised anymore...:(
Advah Advah 9 years
Ooops meant "2008", sorry!
Advah Advah 9 years
Wow it's really sad that in 2007, people can't even have access to condoms. :o
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