Without fanfare, President Benigno Aquino III signed the Reproductive Health bill into law on December 21, ending a long and rough battle to provide the poor access to contraceptives. The birth control act gives couples the tools and information needed to plan the size of their families. Proponents say reducing poverty and high maternal mortality rate are just some of the benefits of the law, which took over 13 years to pass due to bitter opposition from the influential Catholic Church. While Aquino called for reconciliation following the passage of the divisive measure, the fight is not over for church leaders who once threatened to excommunicate the President for pushing for the bill. Groups allied with the church are expected to challenge the law in the Supreme Court.