The Philippines Supreme Court blocked the implementation of a law providing state funding for contraceptives today.
The Responsible Parenthood Law passed last year despite ferocious opposition from the Catholic church.
But petitioners claim it offends religious belief and promotes abortion - illegal in the country.
The judges voted 15-5 to delay implementation of the law for both sides to present their case on June 18.
The law makes sexual education compulsory in public schools and mandates government health-care centres to provide free universal access to contraception.
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