Battle over condoms enters Philippine Congress (AP) – 1611th Edition

In this photo taken Sept. 6, 2010, a homeless mother and her children partake of a packed meal given to them by good samaritans along a street in Manila, Philippines. After simmering for months, an acrimonious debate over government-funded access to contraceptives has entered Philippine Congress, known as the reproductive health bill. The bill introduced Tuesday, May 17, 2011 in the House of Representatives would require the government to provide information on family planning methods, make contraceptives available free of charge and introduce reproductive health and sexuality classes in schools. The Roman Catholic church opposes the bill. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)AP – The president says he is ready to face excommunication from the Roman Catholic Church for advocating free access to condoms. A boxing champion says he is the best example of why birth control should never be allowed.

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