MANILA, Philippines — Twenty-six years after Roman Catholic leaders
helped his mother marshal millions of Filipinos in an uprising that
ousted a dictator, President Benigno Aquino III has picked a fight with
the church over contraceptives and won a victory that bared the bishops'
worst nightmare: They no longer sway the masses.
Aquino last month signed the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012 quietly to avoid controversy.
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