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Philippines set to OK divisive contraceptives law

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine legislators are set to pass a law that would provide government funding for contraceptives and sexuality classes in schools despite strong opposition by the dominant Roman Catholic Church.

President Benigno Aquino III has certified the bill as urgent. Church leaders have criticized the country's leaders for backing the bill, saying in a pastoral letter Sunday that if passed, it would put the moral fiber of the nation at risk.

Archbishop Socrates Villegas, vice president of the Philippines' Bishops Conference, says the wide and free accessibility of contraceptives will result in the destruction of family life.

After initially approving the bill last week, the House of Representatives is expected to vote in favor of it Monday. The Senate also votes on it Monday.

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