President Benigno Aquino's government called for reconciliation on Saturday after a "divisive" birth control act was signed into law despite bitter opposition from the influential Catholic church.
This file photo shows members of the Philippine house of representatives meeting to vote ahead of schedule to terminate heated debates on a controversial birth control law after President Benigno Aquino urged its speedy passage, in Quezon City, on August 6, 2012. Both chambers of parliament passed the final version of the act on December 19.
Making sex education and contraceptives more widely available to the poor, the landmark legislation takes effect in mid-January, Aquino's spokeswoman Abigail Valte said.
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