‘“Three delays” have been identified as playing crucial roles in the death of a woman during pregnancy or childbirth: delay in making the decision to seek specialized care; delay in reaching a facility that provides emergency obstetric care; and delay in the woman’s receiving appropriate care in the facility. Thus, bringing down the maternal mortality rate depends not just on the number and availability of trained attendants like midwives but also on other factors like transportation, a system of roads, existence of facilities, availability of drugs, supplies, blood and equipment.’ – Saving Mothers and Babies, January 2009
If these are the CRUCIAL things that need to be addressed to bring down the maternal mortality rate, what’s with RH bill proponents’ insistence that CONTRACEPTION is the key?
Expanding access to contraception could prevent as many as 2,100 maternal deaths each year.
From Sex and Sensibilities:
In the Philippines, experts say that expanding access to contraception could result in 800,000 fewer unplanned births, 500,000 fewer induced abortions, and 200,000 fewer miscarriages. What’s more, it could prevent as many as 2,100 maternal deaths each year—nearly half of all deaths from pregnancy-related causes.
Correct and consistent use of contraceptives will prevent one-third of all maternal deaths and family planning helps prevent 1 million infant deaths worldwide (WHO and UNFPA).
From Bill author Edcel Lagman:
“Studies by the WHO, UNDP and UNFPA confirm that correct and consistent use of contraceptives will prevent one-third of all maternal deaths,” Lagman said. He also stressed that virtually all or 98 percent of maternal deaths happen in developing countries like the Philippines.
Can these guys pick an argument and stick to it? What prevents maternal deaths: good, timely care for pregnant women, or contraceptives?
Philippine National Police reported about 15,000 traffic accidents in 2006 meaning that there are on average of 41 traffic accidents per day. These accidents result in 674 fatalities, 3,767 injuries and 10,623 instances of property damage .The report concluded that most traffic accidents are caused mainly by driver errors.
What prevents vehicular accidents: seatbelts, or responsible driving behavior? What’s the right solution: modify irresponsible driving behavior, or prevent driving altogether?