Teen pregnancies rose by 50 percent in the Philippines over the last decade. Now that predominantly Roman Catholic country has begun implementing a law — contested for years — that requires public health facilities to offer free contraceptive services. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports that the fight by religious opponents hasn’t ended. Continue reading
In the Netherlands, the approach, known as “comprehensive sex education,” starts as early as age 4. You’ll never hear an explicit reference to sex in a kindergarten class. The goal is bigger than that. It’s about having open, honest conversations about love and relationships.
In the Philippines, amid a population explosion and staggering birth rate, caused partly by limited access to contraception or family planning advice, NewsHour Special Correspondent Mark Litke follows mothers and newborns from one of the busiest maternity wards in the world to the overcrowded slums where families live.
The Jose Favella Hospital in Manila has one of the busiest maternity wards in the world, with an average of 60 births per day. The Philippines is grappling with a population boom, where in the past three decades the number of residents has doubled from 45 million to 100 million.
Bisphenol A, or BPA, is a chemical commonly found in hard plastic bottles such as Nalgenes and other everyday plastic products. However, increasing concerns about BPA’s alleged toxicity has caused Nalgene to stop using it to make bottles. Continue reading