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Filapinas Choose Choice

Truthout - With approximately 97 million people crammed into a territory slightly bigger than Nevada, where 90,000 women are damaged from roughly 600,000 “back-alley” abortions yearly, a comprehensive reproductive and maternal health care and service law for the Philippines seems no more than common sense.

But this is a predominantly Catholic country, the last in the world (besides Vatican City) without even a divorce law, where the Church held absolute power during the 500 years of Spanish colonization and where Church existence began with the extermination of indigenous priestesses and absolute disenfranchisement of women.

Anything that hints at returning even a minuscule of rights to women is cause for strident debate. Read more.


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