A controversial birth control law came into effect in the Philippines Thursday after more than a decade of bitter opposition from the Catholic church, in an historic move welcomed by many women.
Supporters of the Reproductive Health Bill celebrate as legislators pass a landmark birth control bill at the House of Representatives, in Quezon City, suburban Manila, on December 17, 2012. The controversial birth control law came into effect on Thursday after more than a decade of bitter opposition from the influential Catholic church, with women saying the change comes as a relief.
The law requires government health centres to hand out free condoms and birth control pills, benefiting the country's poor who would not otherwise have access, and mandates that sex education be taught in schools.
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