Manila's Aquino crosses one hurdle in pushing contraceptive bill

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MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine lawmakers have agreed to suspend debate on a health bill promoting state-funded contraception and speed up its passage in Congress after President Benigno Aquino urged them to adopt the measure opposed by the powerful Roman Catholic church. The lawmakers approved a motion to end debate on the bill by a voice vote late on Monday. Earlier in the day, Aquino told about 180 legislators that the debates that have delayed the reform over the last 17 months must end. ...