Birth control key to maternal mortality

Throughout the past decade while the bill has been stalled in Congress the maternal death rate has increased from 162 to 221 deaths per 100,000 live births.

The Millennium Development Goal for maternal health is to reduce maternal deaths to 52/100,000 live births by 2015.

So far the government has allocated $12 million out of its 2012 general budget for nationwide distribution of contraceptives but the Catholic Church is lobbying legislators to reject the bill as