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A legal and moral battle is under way in the Philippines over sex education in schools.

The age of consent in the mainly Roman Catholic nation is just 12-years-old, and some 70 per cent of women have children before the age of 19.

The government says teaching family planning is essential, citing official figures that show the population is growing at an alarming rate.

But a group of parents has launched a legal challenge against the sex education policy, saying it violates their religious rights.

Al Jazeera's Marga Ortigas reports.

Source: Al Jazeera