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Global Roundup: Catholic Church Opposes Women’s Health Care in the Philippines; Have Anti-Choice Extremists Invaded Britain?

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Weekly global roundup: Philippines’ Reproductive Health Bill could finally pass; Saudi Arabia makes moves to let women play in the Olympics; first national abortion study in Rwanda released; anti-choice zealots in the UK get a bit louder.

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On World Contraception Day, A Call to Pass the Responsible Parenthood Bill in the Philippines

Today is World Contraception Day. It’s actually a day just like any other, because it’s a day when so many women worldwide remain without access to birth control or other reproductive health services, and in which reproductive choice for all women remains an elusive goal.

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Why I’m Pro-Life, Whatever That Means: A Filipino’s Take on the New Reproductive Health Bill

There’s a sticker, unpeeled, on my father’s office desk. I don’t know where it’s from, but it’s meant to demonstrate one’s opposition to the Reproductive Health Bill now in Congress in the Philippines. “Say no,” the sticker reads, a thick red diagonal line dashing across the glossy sheet of vinyl.

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Malta Votes for the Right to Divorce; Philippines May Follow Suit

Despite pressure from the Catholic Church, voters in Malta asked for the legal right to divorce. This leaves the Philippines as the only country where divorce is illegal, but maybe not for long. 

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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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Morning Roundup: Virginia Targets Abortion Clinics

Virginia is poised to enact regulations that would close all but five abortion clinics in that state, a town in the Philippines now requires a prescription for condoms, Medicaid considers STD screenings for the elderly, and an anti-choice plea to John Boehner.

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Roundup: Are Some Countries Starting to Ignore the Church?

Is the Catholic Church beginning to lose a little of its rigid grasp that it has held over numerous countries when it comes to family planning, birth control, reproductive justice, and even infertility treatments?

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The Politics of Birth Control

Pop Quiz: Match the country with its government’s birth control news:

1) In Country A, the president pledges to provide birth control to poor couples who want it.

2) In Country B, the legislature hedges on making any commitments to providing low-cost birth control to women who want it, in the face of loud opposition from Catholic Bishops.

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Roundup: Mexico “Miscarriages” Freed and Other World News

The “Guanajuato Seven” are freed, family planning becomes a focus in more countries, and  why do Dutch teens have less pregnancy and STIs?

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Roundup: Latest Family Planning News From Across the Globe

In another global roundup, a quick look at access to family planning around the world.

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