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Philippine birth-control law is on hold

MANILA — The Philippine Supreme Court temporarily halted a landmark law on Tuesday that would provide free contraception to poor women.

In a 10-5 ruling, the court froze for 120 days when the law could take effect. It was passed in December after a ferocious national debate that pitted the Roman Catholic Church against President Benigno S. Aquino III.

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