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Gates Summit Raises Billions for Abortion Groups

“What are women’s attitude toward children,” I asked a representative from a Sierra Leone family planning organization.

“Before the war, they were negative. Now they are positive.”

“Do they want children?” I clarified.

“Yes, they want children. They need to learn their rights. When they learn their rights, they won’t want children.”

He was among the select invited to London to witness the parade of African presidents, Asian and European leaders and drug companies make promises at the Summit on Family Planning that concluded in London last Wednesday.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, along with International Planned Parenthood Federation and the UN Population Fund convened the Summit as a platform for government leaders and pharmaceutical companies to commit to supply funds and access to contraception.

Much of the audience was those who stand to benefit richly from the multi-billion dollar windfall. Family planning groups were partners in organizing the event and will implement Melinda Gates’ vision. Many of the groups have a sordid association with abortion and population control.

Gates opened the conference with a video of her recent visit with women in Senegal. Family planning groups organized the visits and provided translation in the meetings. “Hundreds of millions of women demand our action,” she stated. This campaign “will be a new beginning to bring far more resources than ever before” to family planning and establish new efforts from the private sector, such as drug companies and local leaders. She said another goal is to “increase demand” for contraception.

The Gates Foundation has targeted Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia for its contraception campaign because they note these regions have the highest maternal mortality rates. This region also has the highest fertility rates in the world.

Ethiopia’s Minister of Health told the Summit of his country’s need to increase education, skilled birth attendants, and improve obstetrical care – the proven measures for reducing maternal mortality – and to improve child survival.

Ethiopia will accelerate access to contraception, he stated. “Free modern contraception is the key to fueling demand for contraception.”

Pledges from other countries echoed each other: provide information on contraception, train health care providers, provide different methods of modern contraception, improve supply chains so clinics are fully stocked with contraceptives, and universal access. Each new pledge was met with applause from the crowd.

South Korea has a 100% contraception prevalence rate, stated its ambassador to Britain. The nation began reducing birth rates in the 1960s and is “a model for the world.”  Now we suffer from a very low birth rate, he conceded. “There is some expert opinion that we overdid it.”

A few speakers mentioned religious and cultural concerns about family planning as barriers to overcome. One key element of this new effort is engaging religious and local leaders, people that women will trust and believe.

Norway’s Minister of Development Heikki Holmas, and UK Prime Minister David Cameron, spoke about opposition to the conference and the program.

Holmas gets “angry at conservative voices that work against sexual and reproductive rights.” Norway was once a poor country, but now it is rich, he noted. Developing countries should follow its example. “And if you don’t have oil,” he advised, “your future lies in family planning.”

“We have the moral argument,” said Cameron. His advice to dealing with opponents: those who question if this is proper use of aid or is offensive to cultural and religious beliefs is to “rely on the force of our arguments.”

Summit organizers hoped to raise $4 billion. In the end, $4.6 billion was pledged. The Gates Foundation increased its total amount on contraception programs to $1 billion over the next eight years.

Melinda Gates has declared that access to contraception is her signature issue, her lifetime work.


This article is courtesy the "Friday Fax" of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM).
  • john2000young

    Whatever she is doing is against charity. She knows not what she is doing.

    She is Catholic. Did her pastor give any advice to her? Is she really Catholic?

    ???

    • The Gates’s were married in a Catholic ceremony by a Jesuit priest. Word at the time was that Bill had found a lovely Catholic wife to pray for him. How’s that working out for them?

  • noelfitz

    “Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven ( Luke 6:37)

    “Stop judging, that you may not be judged (Matt 7:1)

    You judge by human standards; I judge no one (John 8:15)

    I do not judge anyone who hears my words and does not keep them, for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world (John 12:47)

    Let us therefore no longer pass judgment on one another, but resolve instead never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of another (Rom 14:13)

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    Recently I was at a lecture by Dr Joe McCarroll, Chairman of the Irish Pro-Life movement, and he pointed out that faith is not as tough as football. It is like a candle and can easily be put out. Many Catholics are just hanging on. They need encouragement and understanding. We should base our contact on friendship, love and reason. Meet people where they are. Vicious condemnations are counter-productive. We are all sinners and need God’s mercy.

    We will maintain the support of struggling Catholics by our arguments based on reason, love and prayer.

  • Noelfitz: Nobody’s judging. We’re shocked by a scandal. For myself, I question Melinda Gates’s formation experience as a Catholic. Pointing out that they were married in a Catholic ceremony, which is public knowledge, is 100% fair. To question what went wrong is not the same as judging the soul of the sinner, which God alone can do.

    As Catholics we make judgments about other people all the time, but we never judge the person, only the deed. “The measure with which you measure, shall be measured back to you.”

  • noelfitz

    PH, very well said.

    As usual I agree fully with you. Catholics may consider certain actions morally wrong, e.g. murder, but we cannot judge the sinfulness of another.

    In Ireland Catholic formation is woeful, so one would be correct in questioning that of most Catholics in Ireland.

    I welcome all your comments, as I consider you sound and committed, and I would like to see more comments from you and my other friends in CL.

    Please remember me and my family in your prayers.

  • Jackson

    I pray that the Gates’ seek and receive forgiveness for their grave error and mortal sins. Amen.

    I pray for all the innocent children the Gates’ actions facilitate the slaughter of. May God hold them in His love eternally. Amen.

    I pray that all the mothers whom destroy their children, as a result of the Gates’ actions, will seek and receive forgiveness for their grave and mortal sins. Amen.

    I pray for persons who are blinded by Satan’s deceptions as to what is sinful, to be returned from their reprobate minds. Amen.

    I pray that Roman Catholics throughout the world, do not follow the Gates’ example and be led astray into condemnation. Amen.

    I pray that Roman Catholics and all Christians alike, will remain in God’s Culture of Love. Amen.

    I pray for God’s mercy on whole world. Amen.

    Romans 1:[32] Who, having known the justice of God, did not understand that they who do such things, are worthy of death; and not only they that do them, but they also that consent to them that do them.