Manila suburb sparks controversy with condom ruling
The wealthy Manila suburb of Alabang in the Philippines is making headlines with a recent ruling on contraceptives. Individuals in the region who want to purchase condoms must first obtain a prescription, according to The Washington Post.
The ruling came as part of a recent debate among officials in the country concerning family planning. Many in the largely Roman-Catholic nation view the use of condoms and other contraceptives as a negative trend.
The nation of the Philippines is growing at a rate of 1.8 percent per year. Many in the country are concerned about overpopulation, and think that the government should move toward urging people to practice pregnancy prevention. Poverty is also a major issue facing the nation, and many argue that those who are in financial straits would benefit from family planning.
The congress of the Philippines is swiftly moving a bill that would counteract this measure by widening the availability of condoms in the country, which is supported by the U.N., according to The Philippine Star.
In addition to preventing unwanted pregnancies, condoms can help stop the spread of sexually transmitted infections. There was no word from either news source about whether or not this matter has factored into the debate.