Samoan PM slams family planning

March 12, 2015 • Daily Email Recap

Samoan PM slams family planning

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Samoan Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, has criticised the idea of family planning, saying it is “interfering” with population growth.
The decision by parents to have fewer children is counterproductive because Samoa needs more people to work the land.

Tuilaepa made the point during a press conference where he said birth control is not needed in Samoa.

“I’ve heard them say that the reason for this is because some parents can’t afford to care for (too many) children,” Tuilaepa said.

“That should be said about countries overseas where it is cold but for us, we are used to running around with just a piece of lavalava from the morning until night.”

Tuilaepa said Samoa’s stagnant population is not helping development.

“Today, our economy has grown and yet you see couples who are well employed having only one or two children,” he said.

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