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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
The “Guanajuato Seven” are freed, family planning becomes a focus in more countries, and why do Dutch teens have less pregnancy and STIs?
In another global roundup, a quick look at access to family planning around the world.
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.
Although perhaps not completely shocking to those of us in the reproductive health and justice movement, the encompassing newly published Forsaken Lives: The Harmful Impact of the Philippine Criminal Abortion Ban by the innovative Center for Reproductive Rights is both incredibly powerful and devastating as it discusses in detail “the human suffering caused by the criminal ban on abortion [in the Philippines] and the challenges it creates for health service providers.”