I reported here on a proposed population control law in the Philippines, and I got some follow-up information today. As I said there, the chief purpose of the law is to open up sex education in the schools and to required the government to propagandize its citizens on limiting their number of children to only two. It looks like people who want to get married have to go through some kind of sex and birth control education.
Well, that law has passed, and at this point the only possibility of its not being put into effect is that the Philippine Supreme Court might declare it to be in conflict with the Philippine Constitution. Not being an expert on the Philippine Constitution, I don't know how strong that case is, but for all I know it might be true that the law is in conflict with the Constitution.
There's one charming little draconian aspect of the law I read about only today: One of the prohibited acts is "maliciously engaging in disinformation about the intent or provisions of this law." Isn't that nice? Living in a country without a first amendment to protect criticism of the government must be so peaceful and traditional. You know, when the government can pass a sex education and population control law and forbid anyone to criticize it lest they be charged with spreading misinformation about the benign intent of their leaders.