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The Bishops Do Not Speak for All Catholics

The U.S. Catholic bishops want to be known as the champions of the poor and struggling. But they're happy to block services to the needy to further their anti-contraception agenda.

I do not believe that people—especially Catholics—in either the Philippines or Ireland want our elected officials to bend a knee to the will of the bishops when it comes to reproductive health.

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Hell Hath No Fury Like the Bishops Scorned, But Filipinos Are Not Listening

Supporters of the RH bill celebrate after it passed Congress. (Jay Directo/AFP/Getty Images via The Guardian)

The bishops and their allies aren’t celebrating with us that the country’s huge unmet contraceptive need and rising rate of HIV infections may soon be somewhat ameliorated. Instead, they are busy planning the downfall of the legislators who courageously withstood the many statements that “contraception is corruption.” 

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Philippines Reproductive Health Bill Passes House of Representatives Despite Aggressive Opposition from Bishops

Photo: Radio Australia.

In the early morning of December 13th, 2012, the Philippines House of Representatives voted to pass on second reading the Responsible Parenthood, Reproductive Health and Population and Development Act of 2011 (commonly known as the RH bill), which will give millions of women access to contraception and other reproductive health services that were in many cases out of their reach.

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Global Roundup: Madagascar’s Sex Work Industry On the Rise; Al Qaeda Threatens Maternal Health in Yemen

Weekly global roundup: The latest with the delayed RH Bill in the Philippines; HIV/AIDS stigma impedes maternal care in Kenya; Maternal deaths rise due to fighting in Yemen’s south; and the sex work industry booms in Madagascar.

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Global Roundup: Iran Says No to Women Engineers; South Korea Considers Regulating Birth Control

Weekly global roundup: The RH Bill remains in the balance in the Philippines as Catholic Bishops put up new road blocks; Iran bars female students from 77 science- and technology-related fields of study at 36 universities; and South Korea re-considers emergency contraception access as their fertility rate dwindles. 

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Global Roundup: Saudi Arabia Plans Women-Only Cities; Philippines RH Bill Continues to Languish

Weekly global roundup: Will Saudi Arabia’s plan to construct a women-only industrial city opens new doors for women? Philippines’ RH Bill still hanging in the balance as the Catholic Church grows restless; Texans seek abortion pills in Mexico; Rare justice for 13-year-old Afghan torture survivor.

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Philippines Pushes “Protection of the Unborn Child” Bill to Stop Families From Using Contraceptives

The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines adds their support to a bill meant to stop the new reproductive health bill being considered in the country.

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Roundup: Family Planning in the Philippines Boosted By President

President Aquino takes a firm stance on providing birth control to poor families, angering the country’s powerful Catholic church.

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Roundup: Philippines Leaders and Church Fight Back Against Push For Safe Abortions

The Center for Reproductive Rights brought a spot light to unsafe abortions in the Philippines, and the government and church decide dying women are fine.  Plus, Reproductive Animal Planet.

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Roundup: Misinformed, Misunderstood and Misled – Why We Need Sex Education

A new study in Australia shows women don’t understand the morning after pill.  But the biggest problem is a lack of understanding in their own reproductive health.

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