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Filipino Catholics Voice Dissent on Contraception and Abortion

The Catholic Church in the Philippines has always been at loggerheads with proponents of population control, and has clashed with advocates of women’s rights and choice. But the local debate now has turned to the basis of Catholic teaching itself.

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The Catholic Church’s Abortion Trump Card

In the Philippines, women’s health advocates and legislators are working to create access to family planning and contraception for women but the Catholic Church is stuck on abortion and has its own agenda.

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Women Fighting Manila’s Contraceptive Ban Press On

Arguing that their petition to overturn Manila’s ban on modern family planning services is an issue of “transcendental importance,” Manila residents ask the Court of Appeals to hear their case.

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Birth Control Tourism: Manila Residents Leave Town for Contraception

Nine years into Manila’s total ban on contraceptives, how are the city’s residents obtaining the family planning services they need?

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The Politics of Motherhood, the Capacity for Choice

Religious fundamentalists’ fear isn’t that feminism will lead all women to reject motherhood, but rather that in the capacity for choice, women challenge the notions that rationalize male domination embedded in traditional meanings of motherhood.

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Almost All Sex Is Sin?

With a very limited and negative view of sexuality, the Catholic Church’s attention always seems inordinately focused on what it views as “unnatural sex acts” — and it doesn’t bother distinguishing between consensual acts and abuse.

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Managing the Muddle: Sex and PEPFAR

PEPFAR’s “anti-prostitution” pledge favors strategies that are penal in character over health-based interventions that reach out to educate sex workers.

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Not Just Girls in Trouble

In the Philippines as elsewhere, the stereotype of who usually undergoes abortion and why doesn’t exactly fit the hard data.

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A Tale of Three Cities

Manila is now famous for its ban on perfectly safe, legal and much needed contraceptives. But other Filipino cities nearby are taking very different stands.

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Manila’s Women Battle Ban on Birth Control

On January 29, 2008, a group of women, together with activist organizations and individuals working on women’s reproductive rights in Manila, filed a case countering the seven-year de facto ban on contraceptives in city funded health facilities.

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