Posted on | August 15, 2012 by Lisa Correnti |
In a senate speech Philippine legislator Sen. Vicente “Tito” Sotto pushed back against erroneous maternal mortality statistics being widely used by supporters of the RH bill claiming 11 Filipino women die daily from childbirth complications.
Sotto had his staff research maternal deaths in the Philippines and found the figure to be less than half of what is being reported.
He feels the method used in developing countries to advance birth control by citing high maternal mortality figures is consistent. “It’s like a template… I think it was Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s hated propagandist, who said a lie repeated often enough becomes truth,” he said.
Sotto has identified USAID, the Guttemacher Institue, IPPF and UN agencies as the global efforts pushing the RH bill.
More on this in the Senate Majority leader Sotto’s full speech.