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A relentless Catholic Church campaign to derail a birth control law in the Philippines begins its final phase at the Supreme Court on Tuesday, with the verdict to have monumental impacts for millions of poor Filipinos.
The Philippines' powerful Catholic Church is to ask Filipinos to vote candidates who support birth control out of office in the May elections.
An estimated 233 million women in their fertile years will lack access to modern contraception by 2015, up from 221 million in 2010.
President Benigno Aquino's government called for reconciliation on Saturday after a "divisive" birth control act was signed into law despite bitter opposition from the influential Catholic church.
Providing free birth control to women and teens in Missouri at high risk of unplanned pregnancies led to a drastic drop in abortion rates and teenage mothers.