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a shadowy underworld for help i'm steve on this episode one on one east investigates the impact of church and state on a nation dubbed the baby factory. it's late afternoon in an area locals call happy land on the outskirts of the philippine capital manila. and in. amongst the shanty well a man's thirteen year old male nanny is playing a jumping game chinese garches with her friends and then a. crowd watching on high from sniffing paint solvent is who twenty two year old boyfriend
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at just eleven she became pregnant to him but she was seven months alone before she even realized. that the stick up i looked i didn't know i was pregnant that i was even. playing chinese gotta see for that on when i was jumping the gutter. i felt something in my stomach. then i suffered a miscarriage. local health workers say her boyfriend torrents are losing their child but my mind doesn't mention that she just blames the self. saddling. it with a painful and. it's also an affront to the lord. god why did i commit such a sin that i played. on i cried hard because it was painful to lose
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a baby. may may's pregnancy was not by choice and it seems neither was the first time she had six. hers it was painful. i was just forced to do it. with a father in prison and her mother in a new relationship she lives here with her boyfriend's family. why he's staying here with your boyfriend. because they feed me well it's. just one of the growing number of young filipino girls who find themselves pregnant it's real we men this problem not just for in terms of the health of the actual teenagers themselves who are becoming parents at sunny such young ages and for the children that they then have but it's also costing the government and the country
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a lot in seoul much is so much money lost in productivity and in terms of them being unable to join the formal economy because they haven't finished high school it's really a very very big problem for the country. the province of polo on in the west of the philippines is a pretty part of the world and but it is and ugly reality palauan has one of the highest rites of teenage pregnancy anywhere in the country one in. the pregnant already has a child and the vast majority of them live in very poor communities like this one. in the slum on the capital puerto princesa we find fifteen year old tara with her family the baby she's holding isn't one of her three siblings it's her daughter she says she knew little about six when she met the child's father soon after her
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fourteenth birthday. no nine. i didn't want to do it i was scared. but after a week i agreed. when it came to protecting itself against pregnancy terrell's says she knew nothing and you mother. never talked about it don't blame me and the same the economists are being i felt awkward giving her advice about contraceptives because she was too young. i also wasn't sure whether she was allowed to use contraceptives at her age. in the philippines girls under the age of eighteen need their parents' permission to get contraception or an egg hiv test but the age of consent is much lower just twelve one of the lowest in the wool the father of terrell's baby says he's twenty eight but local health workers believe he's at least ten years older than that in. you know not. i feel proud
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that i was used to for wife when you know. even if i'm so much older. rebel already had four children when he met terrell his eldest just a couple of years younger than her he claims he didn't know terrell was only fourteen until she got pregnant. and on monday after a year of being together a lot of what she told me she was pregnant. so i chose horrible my wife because i was scared a case might be filed against me in the going on. under filipino law even though terrell was above the age of consent because she was still under eighteen and he was over were dilke could have been charged with coercing her to have sex. i was so scared i went to a parents' house and told them that i would take responsibility for the baby they
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gave their consent. my parents were concerned that he might not be able to make a living for us. but now they say he's trying his best to put food on the table and to support our daily needs they don't say anything anymore. we reported to the department of social welfare and development but the girl didn't want to press charges because she's in love her parents didn't want to press charges because as far as they were concerned she's being taken care of by her boyfriend now she's living with him one less mouth for them to feed and they don't want to interfere a main evangelist swarmer pole is one of the founders of women's health in roots of health something troubling that we've also seen among the groups that we work with is that a lot of the young girls are in relationships with much older men and i think
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technically the laws you should be able to press charges even without the cooperation of the girl and of the parents. on the other side of town twenty three year old has four children to two different fathers the youngest child is just a week old and she says her food a sexual experience was when she was fourteen and her boyfriend nineteen. only knew back then. that's all. i wanted to cry. i was pushing him away but he said he would take responsibility and that he loved me. that other guys would accept me and i thought whoever took my virginity should be the one. and threaten to file a case against him for coercing her into having sex. that's why his mother and
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father decided to make us live together and make him take responsibility for what he did to me. at fifteen angela got pregnant but miscarried at seven months at sixteen she gave birth to a baby boy and then within a few weeks was pregnant again. they said contraception had side effects they said it damaged a uterus. so i got scared. after her second child was born her boyfriend left for another woman taking their two kids with him she now has two more children with a new partner he's at work today but they will live with the family. as he wanted me to get pregnant. i agreed because he accepted me watch i
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am. unlike other us. but there are times when he tells me i should be thankful he accepted. that sometimes i cry because my children are suffering and sometimes they have nothing to eat. angela believes things would have been very different if she'd known as a teenager. it's better to be educated about what contraceptives are available. and what sex is about. that's better than being ignorant. here and we have a government that doesn't spend very much money on teen pregnancy prevention programs. they don't want a lot very much funding or any at all to contraception and so this really ties the
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hands of the provincial health office they can't really do very much without the budget to have activities and programs. we visit the vice governor of the province dennis socrates to ask him why this is the case i think the solution lies in a more intensive information and education company with the young people the sex is good but it has to be within the context of a loving and indissoluble marriage and it must be open to life through parenting which is the natural consequence of the. so abstinence to married yes that's right. you're a member of the extremely conservative catholic group opus dei it's easy imminently against all forms of contraception all human life is good even life that is best
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even lived to be lost or fobbing even human life they want that by the mother. but the united nations say is that it's a woman's right to be able to plan a family. what do you say to that i disagree with the un proposition of the the un idea and i would like to think that that. could be overturned in the future. with more than eighty percent of filipinos catholic the church wheels enormous influence over national policy particularly when it comes to family planning. it's five needs since the government to reproductive health will guarantee six education in schools and access to free contraception but with fierce lobbying from the catholic church and other pro-life groups it still hasn't been implement. and
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having no access to contraception can have tragic consequences. the black nazareth church in manila has come to be known as a place of despair. many mothers leave aborted foetuses here in the hope their child's soul will be saved this is dead and not only by the gods but also by the law. in the philippines abortion is illegal in all circumstances even right . but right here in front of this church is an abortion circle where women are desperate to get rid of. wearing a hidden camera we send one of our team in undercover to see if she can buy abortion treatments within a few minutes she finds a story willing to help she tells the woman she's full months pregnant and with no questions asked she pays seventy five dollars for the remedies and if you go yeah
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we were he once again what we were but didn't take her and she was sold to treatments one of herbal and root concoction the lady said you take that when you're up to four months along but then when she found out that was more months pregnant she offered an. even further if i wanted further operations throughout. the pills are illegal also medication known to induce abortion anyone caught selling or using them can face up to six years in prison. in a back street of a poor urban community an abortionist says a prayer fearing prosecution she doesn't want to be identified some.
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i light a candle for the fetus because it's already a human being only added up on long but i also ask for forgiveness from the laws for the sin i committed again and give it up early i'm scared that the villains will come for them on the upper list but i must all my courage because i really need the money and i'm more manly the woman tells us she's performed more than a thousand abortions most of them on chain ages who are about five months pregnant she charges them up to eighty dollars depending on how advance their pregnancies she says she uses a combination of the illegal also drug and deep message to push the features out. i tell them if you shout you did that in pleasure i need them if i go don't complain now but if i see that there's a sudden gush of blood that means something has ruptured inside that's when i ask
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them to run to the hospital they're on there. i don't go with them. i just stay here at the house because i already had a deal. every year it's estimated that more than half a million women resort to abortion in the philippines. about one hundred thousand almost half of them teenagers end up in hospital due to complications and many dollars. so this is warrant for. here at dr jose for bella memorial hospital in manila one of the busiest maternity hospitals in the world there's a ward dedicated to post-abortion patients most patients are rather than to tell us that they have had an issue so there are telltale signs. they have a board and if it's in fact the person. they come in here.
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without the blood pressure without the balls and you do not have any choice but. three of them are else they will die. obstetrician and gynaecologist dr. on sees teenage abortions as a serious health issue and believes the alarming numbers of teenagers getting pregnant needs to be addressed urgently i would say crisis us a lot of teenagers are getting right. without finishing this school cycle of poverty or broken. she says each year the hospital delivers thirteen thousand babies more than two thousand to teenagers. my goodness there are a lot of people most of them ending up in the scissoring ward. there are
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a lot of complications for teenage pregnancies like pre-term labor and initially they will undergo a society in section because their best that hypertension is a problem hemorrhage a surprise so you had your baby just yesterday elise is just fifteen years old get up to. run on. one and half of this is. her little boy is now an intensive care with respect tree problems a common issue for babies born to teenage mothers a leader says she got pregnant to her first boyfriend but that the twenty five year old left too soon after allegedly on the other side of the ward is eighteen year old jay leno is the soon. first baby. second beating up on me.
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and what about your post but what happened and pretty much your. comment about when added to the feeling is. she says after her first pregnancy she had a contraceptive implant but had it removed when her twenty one year old patna wanted a baby i think really the. education is key for solving the problems here. like having a curriculum in. referenda in health and sexuality our stand is to let. teenagers have options regarding contraception. but with no comprehensive sex education curriculum in schools the catholic church has a loud voice when it comes to what's taught to teenagers it's. joe
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why villa says group leave pua is unama one of the country's most powerful church organizations couples for christ foundation and works in partnership with the education and social welfare departments. today there at this middle class catholic high school just outside manila. after a song to listen begins with self-worth i knew about the person because i think that the person you are amazing. then condoms the difference between the sexes every michael. i mean because that's just like me i mean or guys this is why it's a female because just like a female or
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a guy it's like that it's only that you know what. he wants. and then it all goes back to one messy abstinence is the only way when. he was her son and not only yourself but also her for. that reason why we are so we don't believe. you know why i grew up. because you believe in a. point. everybody sees yes. yes well see here. he is and yes. what happened today was amazing because at this age curiosity this triggering we're starting to be thirsty are starting to starve for things that shouldn't be
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done by us at the stone age the students endorsement of live pure is one thing but they curiosity has many of them turning to social media and pornography. because i am incapable of doing it. side to say that it's normal for us to know that a man is. there so we don't know for free when you learn about sex you know. when it comes to contraception the jury is still out well not sure why contraception has a higher risk of. pregnancy yes but i don't really have any idea about that just i'm just having. what about you two girls like if you deed have sex what do you think you would use to protect yourself. when you.
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do because for me i would never use country it's our anyway bunch of us and the catholic priests and i do agree on contraception i think it should be fought because not all of us not everyone of course can control ourselves. i know there are people who are weak. back in palauan this help. for those teenagers who some consider a week. i think we need immigration in the war room of the local roots of hill for a team of youth advocates prepared to battle the teenage pregnancy epidemic i think we need to look talk with to get contraceptives because i have a lot of experience that other young people don't want to address it's because their fight doesn't want to get. their weapons contraceptives and six
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education. taking to the streets they visit a popular teenage hangout in puerto princesa. i look it was six. years. not far away at home in her still community thanks to roots of terrell is now protected from another pregnancy. i got an implant for three years because i'm scared of giving birth again. she's also hoping to start for occasional education classes having only got to grade six at school and. i want to work hard for my baby. i want to raise her well.
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that's i will try my best to send her to school so she won't be ignorant so she wore an end up like me who got pregnant at a young age. and twenty three year old angela will not be having a fifth baby she too has turned to contraception getting an i.u.d. from roots of health. yes this will be the last one i don't want more cuts than the a might die if i give birth again. but for thirteen year old maine maybe living in a manila slum with a twenty two year old boyfriend the risk of another pregnancy is high. and. the. health workers say hook contraception injections have lapsed and fear should
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