Philippine contraception bill causes fierce debate
15 December 2011 Last updated at 04:12 GMT
Tens of millions of people in the Philippines live in poverty and the country also has one of the highest birth rates in Asia.
The government now wants to encourage its citizens to have fewer children, and is putting forward a bill in parliament to provide free contraception.
But many Filipinos are Catholic and the church is unhappy with the bill, Kate McGeown reports from Manila.