Parliament blocks Philippines condom funding

January 18, 2011 • Family Planning, Reproductive Health, Philippines, Daily Email Recap

The Philippine parliament said Monday it has blocked government efforts to give free condoms to poor people next year amid a raging debate over a proposed law to allot annual funding for family planning.

The Senate and the House of Representatives agreed to cut a proposed 200 million-peso (4.55-million-dollar) allotment for contraceptives in the health ministry’s budget for next year, Senate Majority leader Vicente Sotto said.

“The 200 million pesos alloted for the purchase of pills, injectables and even condoms has been removed because these contraceptives are in violation of… the constitution,” Sotto told reporters.

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