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Anniversary of Philippines' Family Planning Law Finds Challenges

A long-awaited reproductive health law in the Catholic-majority Philippines that took effect a year ago is still facing challenges. Health service providers are dealing with a new Supreme Court order curbing some free contraception for the poor. The delivery ward at the Philippines’ largest public maternity hospital is filled by rows of beds with mothers in hospital gowns. Some women breastfeed while others try to calm crying newborns. At the Joseph Fabella Memorial Hospital in Manila,...

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