Posts Tagged ‘Lito Atienza’

(Video) A Question of Faith

Published on Sep 10, 2012 by losangelestimes

In the Philippines, access to contraceptives is largely out of the reach of the poor. A “reproductive health bill” in the legislature that calls for public education on birth control and government subsidies to make it available to everyone has the support of 70% of Filipinos, polls show. But the measure has been blocked for years amid vehement opposition by the Roman Catholic Church.

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Philippines Birth Control: Filipinos Want It, Priests Don’t


In the Philippines, access to contraceptives is limited for the most part to those with the means to pay. The Catholic Church has fought a “reproductive health bill” in the legislature that would change that.

Women share beds after giving birth at Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital in Manila. The Philippine capital is one of the most densely populated places on Earth. A ban on contraception at public clinics there has put birth control out of the reach of most of the city’s poor. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)

By Kenneth R. Weiss, Los Angeles Times
July 22, 2012
Last of five parts

MANILA — Shortly after sunrise, a woman with soulful eyes and short-cropped black hair hurried down a narrow alley in flip-flops, picking her way around clusters of squatting children, piles of trash and chunks of concrete.

Yolanda Naz’s daily scramble had begun. Peddling small shampoo packets in the shantytown of San Andres, she raced to earn enough money to feed her eight children.

She went door to door in the sweltering heat, charming and cajoling neighbors into parting with a few pesos. After several hours, she had scrounged enough to buy a kilo of rice, a few eggs and a cup of tiny shrimp.
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(Video) Sex and Religion in Manila. By Sumudu @ Sumu master Production

Uploaded by smdsmpth on Nov 27, 2011

Take A Look @ this video how hard the life of these peoples in philine!

(Video) Philippines Tears of Illegal Abortions and Over-population of Manila P1

Uploaded by tmck8032 on Mar 20, 2009

In the next 30 years the population of the Philippines is set to double to 170 million. Contraceptives are frowned on and abortion is illegal every year more than half a million Filipina women are so desperate they undergo harrowing illegal abortions, despite the fact that at least 80,000 end up seriously ill in hospital.

Metro Manila, where 35% of its 12 million inhabitants live in slums. Not many of them have jobs and many women are desperate to avoid large families which they cant support.

The Filipino Catholic church holds rallies against abortion and it is backed by wealthy American pro-life groups such as Operation Outcry. The Christian Right in the US is pushing the Bush government into stopping foreign aid to clinics giving contraception advice.

Remy whose two previous attempts at abortion ended in failure. Pregnant with a third child, she was so desperate she took bitter herbs, threw herself out of a window then massaged her abdomen until she started bleeding.
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The Philippines’ Birth Control Battle

By EMILY RAUHALA/MANILA Friday, June 06, 2008

It’s lunchtime in Vitas, the sprawling slum built on the City of Manila’s garbage dump. Flies swarm as Bing, a 34-year-old mother of five, prepares a meal of salted rice for her children. While she feeds them, her husband sifts through the mounds of grease-stained cardboard boxes, plastic bags, and broken glass that crowd their home. He’ll sell his rotten harvest for about $3.50. For their family of seven, that’s 50 cents per person, per day. The arithmetic is simple, Bing says. “With every child I have, there is less rice each. I can’t give them all a good life.”

Bing planned on having one child, but birth control was never an option. For much of the last decade, the City of Manila, one of Metro Manila’s semi-autonomous municipalities, has engaged in a campaign against modern contraception. In 2000, Mayor Lito Atienza issued an order effectively banning birth control from city-funded clinics. Eight years and a new mayor later, the ban persists. The city’s affluent minority buys birth control from private clinics or procures condoms on the sly, but poor women, like Bing, go without.

She’s hoping that will change. Backed by local women’s groups and the Center for Reproductive Rights, Bing and a group of 19 of Manila’s poorest residents have taken the city to court. Their potentially precedent-setting lawsuit contends that the ban damages women’s health and violates their rights. They’ve marshaled compelling evidence: a relative increase in maternal deaths, reports of botched back-alley abortions, and children born into families that can’t afford to raise them. “The consequences are far-reaching,” says Aya Fujimura-Fanselow, a legal adviser to the Center for Reproductive Rights. “In the 15 years we’ve been involved in legal reform for reproductive rights, this is one of the most devastating bans we’ve ever seen.”

Unlike most countries in Asia—and most countries around the world—this majority Catholic nation of some 90 million has moved away from birth control. National funds aren’t used to buy condoms or pills, and, though local governments are technically free to buy them, many like the City of Manila won’t. For years, international organizations filled the void. But that’s changing. USAID, once a leading supplier of condoms in the Philippines, is phasing out their contraception program, and some worry other groups will follow. “They are saying that contraceptives should be sold, not distributed for free,” says Suneeta Mukherjee, a representative for the the United Nations Population Fund. “This is fine, but there is no safety net for the poor.”
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