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Filipino parliament votes to improve access to contraception

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e8535 (Published 17 December 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8535
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

After more than a decade of wrangling, the Filipino parliament has moved a step closer to approving a bill that would provide free access to contraception to poor people.

By a vote of 113 for and 104 against, with three abstentions, the House of Representatives passed the bill, which as well as providing free contraception would make sex education available to children and teenagers.

The bill would also require the Department of Health to improve obstetric care. It says that for every 500 000 people there should be at least one hospital with …

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