A newborn baby sleeps beside a prayer booklet inside a ward of a government hospital in Manila

 
A newborn baby sleeps beside a prayer booklet inside a ward of a government hospital in Manila
A newborn baby sleeps beside a prayer booklet inside a ward of a government hospital in Manila July 23, 2008. An estimated 50 to 60 deliveries occur daily at a government hospital in Manila, forcing staff to discharge new mothers as early as 12 to 24 hours after birth. In the face of a burgeoning population growth rate, women's rights groups and members of the Philippine Congress are currently pushing for reproductive health and birth control legislation, but strong opposition remains in the form of the influential and staunchly traditional Catholic Church. REUTERS/Cheryl Ravelo (PHILIPPINES)