After a decade of debate and push back from the Catholic church surrounding the topic of birth control, it is finally legal for women in the Philippines to use contraceptives.
The law took effect in the Philippines on Thursday and has come with much relief to women who have lived without birth control--for what some say is much too long. The results of no access to contraceptives has resulted in health issues--for some related to giving birth too frequently and with little healing time between births.
The new birth control law requires that government health centers offer free condoms as well as birth control pills. The individuals who will benefit are some of the countries poorest population.
The new law also makes sex education a requirement which will be taught in schools. This is big news for the Philippines and will help regulate an over growing population. Some supporters believe that the use of birth control will reduce poverty as well as the mortality rate during child birth.
For now government officials are trying to comb through the details of how funding will be distributed in different parts of the country--as well as what age is appropriate for children to begin learning about sex education.