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Philippines President At Odds With Catholic Church Over Executive Order Calling For Immediate Implementation Of 2012 Reproductive Health Law

New York Times: Duterte’s Free Birth Control Order Is Latest Skirmish With Catholic Church
“…The Philippines president, Rodrigo Duterte, signed an executive order this month calling for the full and immediate enforcement of a 2012 law that would give six million women … free government-distributed contraception and reproductive health services. Mr. Duterte portrayed the order as an antipoverty measure, with an official calling it ‘pro-life, pro-women, pro-children, and pro-economic development.’ But the order was also Mr. Duterte’s latest jab at the Roman Catholic Church, which wields significant power in the Philippines and has fought for years to keep the law from taking effect…” (Almendral, 1/27).