Contraceptive law upheld in Philippines

MANILA - The Philippines Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of a national contraceptive law, but nullified some of its provisions.

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The justices voted unanimously on the constitutionality question, but there were majority dissenting votes on certain provisions, Supreme Court spokesman Theodore Teh said.

Critics led by the Catholic Church have assailed the reproductive health law as anti-life and anti-family.

Implementation of the law was suspended in March 2013 after more than a dozen petitions both challenging and defending it were filed with the Supreme Court. The law was signed on December 2012.

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