Delivering in one of the world's most crowded maternity wards may be miserable, but the birth control these women can access afterward makes it worth it to them. Maybe, they say, they won't have to come back, or at least so soon.
The Catholic Church urges ‘natural family planning’ and says it has 98 percent effectiveness. A medical expert says it is closer to 80 percent — and that is in societies where a woman is able to say no to a partner's demands for sex.
The United States was among the first foreign nations to move in to help the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan's devastation. The US has long had close, though not always happy, ties with the island nation.
Half of all pregnancies in the predominantly Catholic Philippines are unintended. That may change as the country begins to roll out its new reproductive health law, but the Catholic Church — and even the pope — are still fighting the push for free contraception.
The Philippines has one of the highest birth rates in Asia. But recently, the government passed a law, over the strenuous objections of the Catholic Church, that paved the way for providing free contraception. Reporter Aurora Almendral speaks with one woman, a grandmother at 33, about how free birth control could change the lives of the country's poorest.
Sonia Narang recently returned from reporting on reproductive rights in the Philippines for Across Women's Lives. She visited Manila's Fabella Hospital and shows us through her photography what it's like for Filipino women to endure one of the world's most crowded maternity wards.
Getting relief to the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, or Typhoon Yolanda as Filipinos call it, has been painfully slow. The World's Jason Margolis explains that much of the challenge comes from the geography and lifestyle of the Philippines, as well as the lack of everything from roads to runways.
Orlando de Guzman reports from the Sulu Archipelago, a dangerous region in the southern Philippines where rebels with suspected links to al Qaeda are active, and so are US-backed government troops trying to hunt the rebels down
The Filipino Catholic Church has long been influential in the country's politics, as well as its morality. But that influence is waning, and perhaps nowhere is that more visible in the end of a decade-long battle to enact legislation providing for free contraceptives to the country's residents.