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Gates’ Contraception Summit To Enrich Abortion and Population Control Groups

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation wants to gather commitments of billions of dollars from heads of state and other leaders for contraceptive programs aimed at poor women. The Gates Foundation also wants governments to help overcome what they consider to be “barriers” to contraceptive use such as parental involvement. These efforts will take place at a Gates-sponsored Family Planning Summit on July 11 in London.

According to a Gates Foundation paper published in conjunction with the government of the United Kingdom, a key goal is permanent government funding for advocates to promote global agreements on sexual and reproductive health services and rights, and to lobby for more money for contraceptive information and services.

Melinda Gates insists the campaign is not associated with abortion or population control. She says is it about enabling women to choose as small or large a family as wanted. Yet the Summit provides no support for maternal or child health, and its primary partners have engaged in forced abortion and sterilization campaigns.

Even Amnesty International fears the campaign will “return to coercive family planning programs.”

The outcome document for the Summit calls on all members of the “global community” – countries, donors, civil society, manufacturers and others – to fund and advocate for family planning for all, including for the unmarried and adolescents.

The Summit’s underlying premise is a so-called “unmet need” for contraception. The concept refers to women not wanting a child immediately and not using contraception for any reason – including infrequent sexual activity, dislike of side effects, or religious objections. According to Harvard professor Lant Pritchett, women who have no expressed desire for contraceptives are reported as needing it. Also women “who require motivation to want what they are presumed to need.”

This broad net capturing women who do not want to use contraception, and may desire children at a later time than when surveyed, explains the Summit’s overbearing intention to use funds to “increase demand” for contraception.

Funds raised by the Summit will also be used to buy and distribute more contraception, presuming that women want contraceptives but cannot obtain them. Yet the World Bank reports, “unmet need should not be equated with the lack of access to contraception . . . women with unmet need may still not have any intention to use contraception were it readily accessible and of good quality.”

In fact, contrary to the two main arguments promoted by family planners, studies show that greater access to contraception does not result in fewer pregnancies or abortions.

Critics fear the Summit’s campaign for contraception will divert funding and staff from struggling health issues that lack powerful advocates, such as medical care for pregnant women.

The tightly-controlled Summit is organized by the UK’s Department for International Development, which has been charged by the Guardian newspaper with funding India’s coerced sterilization program. So tightly is the conference organized that the venue will not be announced until shortly before the meeting commences, and only governments that make pledges can attend. International Planned Parenthood Federation, the largest abortion provider, is mobilizing civil society ahead of the event. Pro-lifers are complaining about the lack of transparency and accountability.


Wendy Wright is the Interim Executive Director at C-FAM.


  • goral

    The Bill and Malinda Gates Foundation goes by the name of its founders and it will stay that way. The only thing that matters is who’s doing the work and not the work being done. Ironically, on judgment day, this is exactly what will link the great benefactors to the great evil being imposed on poor people who look for help anywhere they can find it.
    Warren Buffett and Michael Rubens Bloomberg, the billionaire Mayor of NYC are also associated with the Foundation but they will try to hide from God by leaving their names out.

    This outfit is one of the leaders in what is called the philanthrocapitalism revolution in global philanthropy.
    On NPR the foundation has the advertising slogan that it is “dedicated to the idea that all people have a right to lead healthy and productive lives”.
    What a concept! You can’t go wrong with a slogan like that.

    Check out this utube link on how the foundation invests in exploitive companies in third world nations; How they make arrangements with the corrupt governments in these countries to profit from both the sickness and the cure of their “charitable” endeavors.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ttq0IdULfjg

  • john2000young

    “… the campaign is not associated with abortion or population control.” AND ” to promote global agreements on sexual and reproductive health services and rights, and to lobby for more money for contraceptive information and services.”

    ” family planning for all, including for the ‘unmarried’ and adolescents.”

    family planning for unmarried???

    Why do these smart and rich people become so stupid?