the senate should shut sotto up. he has become a national embarrassment. not only does he plagiarize bloggers and in the next breath disparage their work, his discourse vs. the RH bill also takes the low low ground, thanks to his incompetent staff, whose asinine research (include bad writing na rin) he takes for, and peddles as, gospel truth. and this is the last straw: the punchline kumbaga, of his turno en contra part II:
Also in a report prepared for the Royal Commission on Population in Great Britain found that the incidence of induced abortion as a percentage of all pregnancies was nine times higher for women using contraceptives than for women not using birth control.
here is the original material from The Truth Of Contraceptives blog:
In Great Britain, in 1949, a report prepared for the Royal Commission on Population found that the incidence of induced abortion as a percentage of all pregnancies was nine times higher for women using contraceptives than for women not using birth control. [emphasis mine]
note that sotto’s press release does not enclose in quotes or attribute most of the sentence that is clearly lifted, copied, from the blog. note, too, that “in 1949” was deleted, omitted, deliberately i would think, because it would have dated the “nine times higher” stats. but using that data at all to convince pro-RH senators that contraceptives induce abortion was the most monstrous mistake of all.
the Pill was approved only in 1960. what contraceptives were being used in 1949? i googled “history of birth control” (which he or his staff should have done, too) and found this blog: MedicineNet.com.
Before the Industrial Revolution, birth control devices in America relied largely on condoms for men — fashioned from linen or from animal intestines — and on douches made for and by women from common household ingredients. Abortion-inducing herbs such as savin and pennyroyal also were used, as were pessaries — substances or devices inserted into the vagina to block or kill sperm.
The invention of rubber vulcanization in 1839 soon led to the beginnings of a U.S. contraceptive industry producing condoms (now often called “rubbers”), intrauterine devices or IUDs, douching syringes, vaginal sponges, diaphragms and cervical caps (then called “womb veils”), and “male caps” that covered only the tip of the penis. British playwright and essayist George Bernard Shaw called the rubber condom the “greatest invention of the 19th century.”
When these devices were declared illegal, the flourishing trade simply began selling them as “hygiene” products. For example, vaginal sponges were sold to protect women from “germs” instead of sperm. This led to misleading if not downright fraudulent advertising. From 1930 until 1960, the most popular female contraceptive was Lysol disinfectant — advertised as a feminine hygiene product in ads featuring testimonials from prominent European “doctors.” Later investigation by the American Medical Association showed that these experts did not exist.
so there. hindi lang outdated ang stats, ni hindi birth control pills ang salarin. what a howler of a screw-up, mr. sotto. on the senate floor yet. enough is enough, mr. senators, your time is up. pass the RH bill, now na!