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April 8, 2014

Birth control law upheld by Philippines Supreme Court

Filipinos celebrate ruling they say separates church and state.

Supporters of the controversial birth control or Reproductive Health (RH) law celebrate in front of the court's summer residence in Baguio City, north of Manila on April 8, 2014 (AFP/Getty Images)

A controversial birth control law was upheld by the Philippines Supreme Court on Tuesday, despite opposition from the Catholic Church. It's a victory for the government's efforts to provide family-planning education and greater access to birth control. The law was initially suspended due to legal challenges from faith-based groups after President Benigno Aquino III signed it in December 2012. Supporters of the Reproductive Health law say it will help slow the country's population growth of more than 2 per cent annually.  

A survey released before Tuesday's ruling showed 77 per cent believed the law was constitutional. Online, Filipinos discussed the court's decision using #RHLaw.