The Politics of Birth Control

October 25, 2010 • Family Planning, Reproductive Health, Daily Email Recap

Pop Quiz: Match the country with its government’s birth control news:

1) In Country A, the president pledges to provide birth control to poor couples who want it.

2) In Country B, the legislature hedges on making any commitments to providing low-cost birth control to women who want it, in the face of loud opposition from Catholic Bishops.

Ok, from the set-up of the question, you might already have guessed that Country B is the U.S. (come on, President Obama making pledges about birth control? Sounds like something Candidate Obama might have said…). The surprising part is that Country A is not some godless European nation, but instead the Philippines, whose population is (wait for it) 80% Catholic.

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