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Law to broaden access to contraception gets green light in Philippines

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g2725 (Published 11 April 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2725
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

The Filipino Supreme Court has ruled that a bill to broaden access to family planning can now pass, after being held up for more than a year by a legal challenge from the Roman Catholic Church and other faith groups.

The Filipino Department of Health called the ruling a “huge victory” and an “amazing day for family planning advocates.”

The controversial Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act was passed by the Filipino parliament in December 2012 after more than 10 years of political wrangling,1 but its implementation was then held up by the legal challenge …

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