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Sexual Freedom and Women’s Rights

The dominant voices engaged in what passes for the debate over “sexual morality” are often on the same side of the fence regarding sexual stereotypes, and united in sexism.

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Conscience and Contraception

In the Philippines, organizations who counter the Catholic Church’s opposition to contraception run the risk of being called population-control advocates.

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Philippine Family Planning Investment

Where the Philippine government refuses to provide family planning services, POPSHOPs fill in significant gaps.

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When Abortion is Not a Choice

Recent increases in abortions in the Philippines have been linked to the lack of control women have over timing and spacing of children, and have resulted in improved understanding in some media about challenges women face.

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Violence Against Women and Reproductive Health

Carolina Ruiz-Austria shares a cross-cultural conversation with the Malaysian National Advisory for Women on violence against women and reproductive health in the Philippines.

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Lost in Translation

The move to wider use of the Latin Mass represents a shift towards more conservative traditions in the Catholic church, which is at odds with changing Catholic views on reproductive health and rights.

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The Media’s Sensationalism of Abortion

The purpose of media and police raids on "suspected abortion clinics" has little to do with actually preventing clandestine abortions, or even educating the public.

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Positive Influences

Youth and reproductive health advocates met in Manila to engage findings and recommendations from International Planned Parenthood Federation's HIV/AIDS Report Card on Women and Young Girls.

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Beyond Dollars and Cents

Carolina Ruiz-Austria looks at the real cost of sexual and reproductive health care in the Philippines, including the challenges and successes of different programs.

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Stepping Outside Comfort Zones

Advocates in the Philippines have begun to change their approach to HIV/AIDS by talking about it alongside issues of gender, rights and sexual health.

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