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> An executive order from Rodrigo Duterte and a bitter pill to swallow for the Catholic Church. The Philippines' president telling his government to hand out free contraceptives for around 6 million women, a move designed to cut unwanted pregnancies in poor neighborhoods, but a tough sell in a country that's 80% Roman Catholic.
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The issue could become Duterte's first major challenge from Church officials who believe that birth control is sinful. But whether that actually bothers the president is a different matter. He's called the Catholic Church hypocritical in the past and even referred to bishops as sons of whores. Still, Christian anti-abortion groups did claim a victory over contraception in 2015, when the Supreme Court suspended birth control implants, crushing years of work by the previous president.
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Duterte says he wants to cut the poverty rate by half before he leaves office and official data suggests birth control can play a role in achieving that aim. According to the UN, the Philippines is the only Asian country where the teenage pregnancy rate has risen in the past two decades.