MANILA, Philippines — Philippine legislators passed a landmark bill
Monday that would provide government funding for contraceptives and
sexuality classes in schools despite strong opposition by the dominant
Roman Catholic Church and its followers, some of whom threatened to ask
the Supreme Court to block the legislation.
The Senate and the House of Representatives passed different
versions of the bill, which languished in Congress for more than a
decade as legislators avoided colliding with the influential church. The
two versions will have to be reconciled before President Benigno Aquino
III has an opportunity to sign the legislation.
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