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Birth Control

Women's control of their own wombs the first step to health

In development, there are lots of statistics. Every once in a while, a number jumps out at you because it expresses a complicated truth in simple terms. Here's one that jumped out at me: 20 per cent. That's how much more likely it is that a child will survive when the family's budget is controlled by the mother.

Wednesday, 29 May, 2013, 6:16am

Malaysia condom maker mixes business and pleasure

The array of cheeky condoms on Goh Miah Kiat’s desk -- multi-coloured, textured and flavoured -- would make most business executives blush.

They come with grape and strawberry flavours, pleasure-boosting textures, barber pole-like striping, a “Baggy” model and its opposite, the missile-shaped “Powershot.”

22 Mar 2013 - 3:38pm

Ask the doctors

I've been taking birth control pills for almost seven years and decided to stop taking them as of my last cycle last week. What kind of changes should I be expecting?

5 Feb 2013 - 9:30am

Briefs, January 18, 2013

More than 130 Rohingya migrants have landed on Thai soil in less than 24 hours, a local official said, as the kingdom grapples with a flurry of arrivals from Myanmar's minority group.

18 Jan 2013 - 4:36am

Birth control law comes too late for Philippine mother of 22

A historic birth control law that took effect in the Philippines Thursday after years of opposition from the Catholic Church came too late for Rosalie Cabenan, a housewife who has given birth 22 times.

17 Jan 2013 - 2:15pm 1 comment

Talking points

Minister may give clues on territorial disputes

17 Jan 2013 - 2:15am

Mainland parents still willing to exploit loopholes in one-child policy

How much are you willing to pay to have a second child with Hong Kong residency rights or American citizenship? That's the question Shenzhen authorities asked the city's residents when they introduced heavy fines this year for those who exploit loopholes in the mainland's one-child policy and give birth overseas.

5 Jan 2013 - 4:40am 3 comments

Briefs, January 4, 2013

Australia runs hot while India chills

4 Jan 2013 - 6:04am

Philippines seeks unity after birth-control law

President Benigno Aquino's government yesterday called for reconciliation after a "divisive" birth control act was signed into law despite bitter opposition from the influential Catholic Church.

Aquino signed the law on December 21 but his administration announced it yesterday because of the "sensitivity" of the issue, said deputy presidential spokeswoman Abigail Valte.

30 Dec 2012 - 6:54am

The Philippines takes a stand for birth control

The needs of the Philippine people are many, including decent education, health care and jobs. But overpopulation helps keep them ensnared in a poverty trap. Family planning, contraception and sex education would improve their prospects of escaping it, not to mention the benefits to women's health amid an unacceptable rate of pregnancy-related deaths and life-threatening abortions.

28 Dec 2012 - 1:36am