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When Gender Is Not Enough

Women political leaders in the Philippines are nothing new. But examining the close relationship of female Filipino leaders to the Catholic Church reveals that more than gender is required for progressive policies on reproductive health.

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Roundup: Abortion Rises Again as Election Issue

Obama seeks middle ground on abortion; McCain slammed for ‘sarcastic air quotes’; Abortion restrictions on the ballot in Colorado, South Dakota and California; Broad support for reproductive health bill in Phillipines; UN says more focus on women needed in fight against HIV; ‘HIV positive’ Muppet educates kids on the disease in South Africa.

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Roundup: A Closer Look at the South Dakota Abortion Ban

A closer look at South Dakota’s proposed abortion ban; A Catholic woman and attorney from the Philippines laments her church’s campaign against new family planning legislation; Does stress from racism partially account for high infant mortality rates among black women?

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Roundup: NOW Endorses Obama, Biden’s Fight for the Violence Against Women Act

Reproductive health bill to be debated in Philippines; National Organization of Women endorses Obama; The story of Joe Biden and the Violence Against Women Act; Palin says she fired Monegan for going above her head to secure funds to fight sexual abuse; More funding needed to fight HIV in Cleveland; Family planning and global population.

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Roundup: Rising Teen Pregnancy, McCain Defends Sex Ed Ad

South Carolina added to growing list of states with rising teen pregnancy rates; John McCain stands behind his misleading sex education ad; Catholic Church fighting birth control in Philippines; Where is Palin on birth control?; John McCain advocates choice, just not that choice; Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie donate to open HIV clinic in Ethiopia.

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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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RH Under the Heels of Presidential Politics

Presidential politics in the Philippines means that reproductive health care in that country is up for debate.

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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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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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