Philippine Catholics protest proposed birth control law
MANILA (AFP) - Philippine nuns and priests led thousands of Catholics in a protest in Manila on Saturday against a proposed law that would provide free contraceptives in a bid to curb population growth.
The protesters, mainly dressed in red, gathered at a Catholic shrine to voice opposition to the planned legislation, which would also encourage families to have only two children in an effort to reduce poverty.
The proposal, which is expected to face a tough time getting through parliament, has angered the influential Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines which has led opposition and called Saturday's protest.
Ms Dolly Cruz, a 61-year-old pensioner, attacked the proposal as "contrary to the laws of God".