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Health service providers are dealing with a new Supreme Court order curbing some free contraception for the poor. Some women breastfeed while others try to calm crying newborns.
At the Joseph Fabella Memorial Hospital in Manila, these women will be out in a day and counselors have little time to let them know about family planning. Esmeraldo Ilem heads comprehensive family planning services at Fabella, which includes options from natural methods of birth control to artificial contraception.
He says most of the mothers here are poor and have five children on average. A few say they have opted for some form of contraception after giving birth. Free contraceptives for poor Ilem says the new law that provides for free contraceptives to the poor has been a great help.
Ilem says before the law, government health facilities did not have the money to dispense contraceptives for free and they relied on donations from other countries. For years versions of the law were shot down by lawmakers who took the view of the Catholic Church, that contraception unnaturally ends life before it can begin.
Constitutional challenges Immediately after it was signed into law, the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of was put on hold. It faced nearly a dozen challenges to its constitutionality. Last year, the Philippine Supreme Court struck down eight provisions, but left the rest alone, including the arrangements for free contraceptives for the poor.
She says her family cannot afford to raise more than the three children they have in Manila, Aug. Ilem says the implant is the most popular form of birth control.
She says since the government health clinics are not dispensing implants, it is hard for women to save enough for bus fare to Likhaan.
They should just leave us women to decide for ourselves what kind of family planning we want. But of course we need the government to provide it for free. It is all about living in harmony with nature. It is all about God. I do not have any [argument] with those things.
I do not need to argue.
Gina Pardilla with the Manila City health office says the city had already started to broaden its family planning options before the law was passed last year, but it allowed the city for the first time to set aside funding for free artificial birth control for the needy.
Esmeraldo Ilem says while the temporary hold on certain birth control is in place, health officials continue to travel Related.Another factor contributing to unintended pregnancy and abortion is the deficiencies in the family planning services available in the Philippines.
36 According to a study focusing on the quality of family planning services for new mothers in 28 provinces across the country, a surprisingly large proportion of clinics did not provide any advice. Family Planning is the result of the London Summit on Family Planning where more than 20 governments made commitments to address the policy, financing, delivery, and socio-cultural barriers to women accessing contraception formation and .
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