Sylvia Estrada Claudio, Chair of the Board, Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR) and General Member, Isis International, Manila delivered the plenary address at the 11th International Women's Health Meeting in Belgium.
The large family size in communities illustrates the Catholic Church’s influence on couples. People have misconceptions about modern family planning methods because of what they are told in church such as condoms have holes and can cause HIV/AIDS; pills cause cancer; and IUDs will rot inside their bodies. Birth control is making a comeback at clinics in Manila after a 2000 city ordinance discouraged the distribution of contraceptives. >>>