This is the Likhaan Family Clinic, and it’s packed — not just with women these days, but men as well. Twenty-six-year-old Analesa Paluga stands in the small, cramped waiting area with her husband and young son by her side. Paluga says they’ve had two unintended pregnancies, since they didn’t know about contraceptives until they heard about Likhaan.
That’s not surprising, says the founder of Likhaan, Dr. Junice Melgar. When she opened the clinic 20 years ago, “Contraceptive pills were considered almost like contraband that had to be hidden, because if local city officials would see them, [people with contraceptives] would be accosted,” she says.
There was actually a ban on contraceptives in Manila’s public health clinics. A new law recently upheld by the Philippines’ Supreme Court nullified the ban, but while those changes roll out, this clinic is still the go-to place for contraception among the poor here."
Read article by Sonia Narang from PRI.