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Duterte promises to promote contraception in Philippines

June 27, 2016

Rodriguo Duterte, the newly elected president of the Philippines, has vowed to defy the Catholic hierarchy by promoting an aggressive family-planning policy.

"Three's enough," Duterte said, referring to his belief that no family should have more than three children. "I am a Christian, but I am a realist and we have to do something about our population."

Duterte said that he is ready to take on the Catholic Church, in an overwhelmingly Catholic country, because the Church's stand on contraception is "no longer realistic."

 
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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Jun. 28, 2016 2:48 AM ET USA

    Duterte's ignorance apparently knows no bounds. He needs to take the biology course called "Natural Family Planning 101." Then he needs to bone up on the study published in the British Medical Journal of 10,000+ women worldwide who demonstrated that NFP as a regulator of births is as effective as "the pill" in the spacing of child births: 99% effective when women of all socio-economic classes were properly trained and disposed to use it (NFP).

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Jun. 27, 2016 7:24 PM ET USA

    Will this pope take on Duterte or give him a pass? My guess is Duterte will be given a pass.