Showdown on Reproductive Health bill
At a lunch with lawmakers on December 3 in Malacañang, President Benigno Aquino III is expected to subtly impose his position on the controversial and long-delayed Reproductive Health (RH) bill, which seeks to provide women, especially the poor, access to different forms of contraception so they can plan the size of their families. He wants the bill to move forward at the House of Representatives before session adjourns on December 21 for the holiday, and before they become preoccupied with the campaign for the mid-term elections in May 2013. Various political parties have said they don’t have a stand on the bill, which the powerful Catholic church is vigorously opposing. 

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