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Nigerian Woman Writes to Melinda Gates: We Don't Need Your Contraception
Catholic Online ^ | August 16, 2012 | Obianuju Ekeocha

Posted on 08/16/2012 2:35:57 PM PDT by NYer


CHESAPEAKE, VA. (Catholic Online) - This letter,offered below, was written by Obianuju Ekeocha, a 32-year-old Nigerian woman. For the past six years she has been living and working as a biomedical scientist in Canterbury, England. Most of her family and many friends still live in Nigeria.

She is active in her parish and says she is grateful to God for the graces she receives as she serves the Church.

She praises Catholic radio in America, specifically the programs of Teresa Tomeo and Al Kresta, for keeping her "informed and inspired in all the things that 'matter most,'" and for providing her with a Catholic world view.

She said she was inspired to write an open letter to Melinda Gates after learning of Gates' move to inject $4.6 billion worth of contraceptive drugs and devices into her homeland.

"The worst part is that no one in Africa (meaning the average African woman or man) knows that Melinda is about to bequeath us her 'legacy' which can and most probably will stifle love and life in our continent," she said.

She is hoping Melinda Gates will hear her "as the voice of the African woman."

An open letter to Melinda Gates
Growing up in a remote town in Africa, I have always known that a new life is welcomed with much mirth and joy. In fact we have a special "clarion" call (or song) in our village reserved for births and another special one for marriages.

The first day of every baby's life is celebrated by the entire village with dancing (real dancing!) and clapping and singing - a sort of "Gloria in excelsis Deo."

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: africa; africanchristians; catholic; contraception; gates; nigeria; populationcontrol

1 posted on 08/16/2012 2:36:03 PM PDT by NYer
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; SumProVita; ...
Unlike what we see in the developed Western world, there is actually very high compliance with Pope Paul VI's "Humanae Vitae." For these African women, in all humility, have heard, understood and accepted the precious words of the prophetic pope. Funny how people with a much lower literacy level could clearly understand that which the average Vogue- and Cosmo-reading-high-class woman has refused to understand. I guess humility makes all the difference.

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2 posted on 08/16/2012 2:37:02 PM PDT by NYer (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? - St. Augustine)
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To: wagglebee; little jeremiah
Amidst all our African afflictions and difficulties, amidst all the socioeconomic and political instabilities, our babies are always a firm symbol of hope, a promise of life, a reason to strive for the legacy of a bright future.

Pro-life ping!

3 posted on 08/16/2012 2:38:32 PM PDT by NYer (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? - St. Augustine)
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To: NYer

all the Nigerian women that have written to me were Afican queens who were trying to give me part of their twenty million dollars.


4 posted on 08/16/2012 2:53:35 PM PDT by MNDude ( Victimhood is the Holy Grail of liberalism)
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To: NYer
our babies are always a firm symbol of hope,

especially the ones that don't have birth certificates!

5 posted on 08/16/2012 2:55:05 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (At what point does an escalated effort to remove this traitor commence, and what form does its take?)
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To: NYer

The 3rd world needs more people in it like America needs more illegal immigrants.


6 posted on 08/16/2012 3:05:40 PM PDT by soycd
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To: NYer
Liberalism = a cult of death.

What position do liberals take on the side of life?

Abortion
Sterilization
Euthanasia
Homosexuality and other dysfunctional relationships that are sterile.

Where do they side with life? One exception, they are against capital punishment. Ironic, isn't it?

7 posted on 08/16/2012 3:06:22 PM PDT by Red6
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To: soycd

You are a mindless misanthrope.


8 posted on 08/16/2012 3:09:10 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: NYer

Beautiful.
Thanks for posting


9 posted on 08/16/2012 3:24:38 PM PDT by Lorianne (fedgov, taxporkmoney)
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To: NYer
<<<>>> Silly woman! Don't you know that Melinda Gates does not care for what African women and children need, it's what she needs and right now that is to try to curtail the number of African babies. Margaret Stanger must be SO PROUD
10 posted on 08/16/2012 3:40:08 PM PDT by Jvette
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To: soycd

> The 3rd world needs more people in it like America needs more illegal immigrants.

Shocking comment about the third world!


11 posted on 08/16/2012 3:42:01 PM PDT by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: soycd

America has illegal aliens because we’ve killed 60,000,000 of our own babies.


12 posted on 08/16/2012 4:05:12 PM PDT by donna (Republicans wont change their ways until conservatives draw the line.)
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To: soycd
The 3rd world needs more people in it like America needs more illegal immigrants.

No, what people in third world counties need is "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness", not tin hat dictators or socialists thugs running their lives...

13 posted on 08/16/2012 4:05:24 PM PDT by Popman (In a place you only dream of Where your soul is always free)
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To: soycd

Then YOU write a letter of support to the Gates hag.


14 posted on 08/16/2012 4:11:19 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: NYer

This woman was very polite. It would have so easy to slap Melinda Gates down in a sneering and sarcastic manner.

This would have been deserved, because Melinda Gates offers only suffering and destruction as her “gift”. It is a devil’s bargain, like offering “free” heroin to schoolchildren.

Is there deep and abiding racism in Melinda Gates gift, or just a tax write-off? Does she truly hate Africans, seeing them as “excess population”, polluting the Earth, like so many of her liberal peers?


15 posted on 08/16/2012 4:16:23 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: NYer
We don't need your contraception
We don't need your birth control...

16 posted on 08/16/2012 4:36:29 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Our economy won't heal until one particular black man is unemployed.)
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To: Red6
Where do they side with life? One exception, they are against capital punishment. Ironic, isn't it?

No exception. The people they try to spare, are takers of human life who are likely to kill again if they live. They are on the side of murderers.

17 posted on 08/16/2012 4:40:57 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 (A deep-fried storm is coming, Mr Obama.)
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To: NYer

Insightful, hopeful letter from an African lady who sees a baby as a gift, unlike our African that sees it as a punishment.


18 posted on 08/16/2012 4:45:41 PM PDT by Eagles6
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To: NYer

Seeing that Melinda’s husband is a billionaire, maybe he could buy her a new pants suit. Every time I’ve seen her, she’s wearing the same one. Come on, Bill, open the wallet and give Melinda a few $100 for some new clothes

Pssst, Melinda, marrying an uber rich guy does’t make you smart!! And it doesn’t give you the right to dictate to other people how they should live.

Remember, this is the woman who came up with the idea of “BoB”. I rest my case.


19 posted on 08/16/2012 4:47:12 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: NYer

Melinda Gates is a typical white elite who belittles those that happen to have a darker shade of skin than her own by trying to hinder their race through abortion and sterilization. Typical liberal, clever too, the Democrat platform is a plantation and the elites are the masters who control, conquer, and dived their property through hyphenated terms like African-American.


20 posted on 08/16/2012 4:47:20 PM PDT by IslamE (epiphany)
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To: OrangeHoof
No Norplant implants in our bodies
Rich folks leave our kids alone
21 posted on 08/16/2012 4:52:19 PM PDT by Tax-chick (It's not poetic justice, but it's something awfully close to it.)
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To: NYer

If that woman doesn’t want her partner to use a condom, that’s her right. But in HIV ravaged Africa, I think that condoms should be allowed for people who want to use them. Also, sometimes medication like ‘the pill’, is better than seeing the witch doctor for medical issues not relating to birth control.


22 posted on 08/16/2012 4:52:53 PM PDT by turn_to
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To: donna

And because we’ve priced citizen labor far above its natural equilibrium point, and because millions of what should be our working population are on welfare and/or in school at public expense, or in jail.


23 posted on 08/16/2012 4:54:09 PM PDT by Tax-chick (It's not poetic justice, but it's something awfully close to it.)
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To: donna

It’s possible I misread the report but it sure looked like they were talking about preventing pregnancies rather than committing genocide.


24 posted on 08/16/2012 5:52:53 PM PDT by soycd
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To: soycd
preventing pregnancies rather than committing genocide

Same difference. It destroys the culture as has happened in the USA.

25 posted on 08/16/2012 7:03:59 PM PDT by donna (Republicans wont change their ways until conservatives draw the line.)
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To: turn_to
But in HIV ravaged Africa, I think that condoms should be allowed for people who want to use them.

Perhaps you missed her statement:

Unlike what we see in the developed Western world, there is actually very high compliance with Pope Paul VI's "Humanae Vitae." For these African women, in all humility, have heard, understood and accepted the precious words of the prophetic pope.

She was referring to the following:


BIRTH CONTROL AND THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

In 1968, Pope Paul VI issued his landmark encyclical letter Humanae Vitae (Latin, "Human Life"), which reemphasized the Church’s constant teaching that it is always intrinsically wrong to use contraception to prevent new human beings from coming into existence.

Few realize that up until 1930, all Protestant denominations agreed with the Catholic Church’s teaching condemning contraception as sinful. At its 1930 Lambeth Conference, the Anglican church, swayed by growing social pressure, announced that contraception would be allowed in some circumstances. Soon the Anglican church completely caved in, allowing contraception across the board. Since then, all other Protestant denominations have followed suit. Today, the Catholic Church alone proclaims the historic Christian position on contraception.

Contraception is wrong because it’s a deliberate violation of the design God built into the human race, often referred to as "natural law." The natural law purpose of sex is procreation. The pleasure that sexual intercourse provides is an additional blessing from God, intended to offer the possibility of new life while strengthening the bond of intimacy, respect, and love between husband and wife. The loving environment this bond creates is the perfect setting for nurturing children.

But sexual pleasure within marriage becomes unnatural, and even harmful to the spouses, when it is used in a way that deliberately excludes the basic purpose of sex, which is procreation. God’s gift of the sex act, along with its pleasure and intimacy, must not be abused by deliberately frustrating its natural end—procreation.

Is contraception a modern invention? Hardly! Birth control has been around for millennia. Scrolls found in Egypt, dating to 1900 B.C., describe ancient methods of birth control that were later practiced in the Roman empire during the apostolic age. Wool that absorbed sperm, poisons that fumigated the uterus, potions, and other methods were used to prevent conception. In some centuries, even condoms were used (though made out of animal skin rather than latex).

The Bible mentions at least one form of contraception specifically and condemns it. Coitus interruptus, was used by Onan to avoid fulfilling his duty according to the ancient Jewish law of fathering children for one’s dead brother. "Judah said to Onan, ‘Go in to your brother’s wife, and perform the duty of a brother-in-law to her, and raise up offspring for your brother.’ But Onan knew that the offspring would not be his; so when he went in to his brother’s wife he spilled the semen on the ground, lest he should give offspring to his brother. And what he did was displeasing in the sight of the Lord, and he slew him also" (Gen. 38:8–10).

The biblical penalty for not giving your brother’s widow children was public humiliation, not death (Deut. 25:7–10). But Onan received death as punishment for his crime. This means his crime was more than simply not fulfilling the duty of a brother-in-law. He lost his life because he violated natural law, as Jewish and Christian commentators have always understood. For this reason, certain forms of contraception have historically been known as "Onanism," after the man who practiced it, just as homosexuality has historically been known as "Sodomy," after the men of Sodom, who practiced that vice (cf. Gen. 19).

Contraception was so far outside the biblical mindset and so obviously wrong that it did not need the frequent condemnations other sins did. Scripture condemns the practice when it mentions it. Once a moral principle has been established in the Bible, every possible application of it need not be mentioned. For example, the general principle that theft is wrong was clearly established in Scripture; but there’s no need to provide an exhaustive list of every kind of theft. Similarly, since the principle that contraception is wrong has been established by being condemned when it’s mentioned in the Bible, every particular form of contraception does not need to be dealt with in Scripture in order for us to see that it is condemned.

The biblical teaching that birth control is wrong is found even more explicitly among the Church Fathers, who recognized the biblical and natural law principles underlying the condemnation.

In A.D. 195, Clement of Alexandria wrote, "Because of its divine institution for the propagation of man, the seed is not to be vainly ejaculated, nor is it to be damaged, nor is it to be wasted" (The Instructor of Children 2:10:91:2).

Hippolytus of Rome wrote in 255 that "on account of their prominent ancestry and great property, the so-called faithful [certain Christian women who had affairs with male servants] want no children from slaves or lowborn commoners, [so] they use drugs of sterility or bind themselves tightly in order to expel a fetus which has already been engendered" (Refutation of All Heresies9:12).

Around 307 Lactantius explained that some "complain of the scantiness of their means, and allege that they have not enough for bringing up more children, as though, in truth, their means were in [their] power . . . or God did not daily make the rich poor and the poor rich. Wherefore, if any one on any account of poverty shall be unable to bring up children, it is better to abstain from relations with his wife" (Divine Institutes 6:20).

The First Council of Nicaea, the first ecumenical council and the one that defined Christ’s divinity, declared in 325, "If anyone in sound health has castrated himself, it behooves that such a one, if enrolled among the clergy, should cease [from his ministry], and that from henceforth no such person should be promoted. But, as it is evident that this is said of those who willfully do the thing and presume to castrate themselves, so if any have been made eunuchs by barbarians, or by their masters, and should otherwise be found worthy, such men this canon admits to the clergy" (Canon 1).

But, back to Pope Paul VI, he wrote:

Neither is it valid to argue, as a justification for sexual intercourse which is deliberately contraceptive, that a lesser evil is to be preferred to a greater one, or that such intercourse would merge with procreative acts of past and future to form a single entity, and so be qualified by exactly the same moral goodness as these. Though it is true that sometimes it is lawful to tolerate a lesser moral evil in order to avoid a greater evil or in order to promote a greater good," it is never lawful, even for the gravest reasons, to do evil that good may come of it (18)—in other words, to intend directly something which of its very nature contradicts the moral order, and which must therefore be judged unworthy of man, even though the intention is to protect or promote the welfare of an individual, of a family or of society in general. Consequently, it is a serious error to think that a whole married life of otherwise normal relations can justify sexual intercourse which is deliberately contraceptive and so intrinsically wrong.

Apologies for the lengthy response but it is important to have a solid comprehension of how such decisions are made within the Catholic Church.

To view the big picture, I refer you to Humanae Vitae - TO ALL MEN OF GOOD WILL, ON THE REGULATION OF BIRTH

26 posted on 08/17/2012 8:29:28 AM PDT by NYer (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? - St. Augustine)
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To: soycd

Abortion is the natural progression of contraception. Wake up.


27 posted on 08/17/2012 9:25:22 AM PDT by surroundedbyblue (Live the message of Fatima - pray & do penance!)
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To: surroundedbyblue

>Abortion is the natural progression of contraception. Wake up.

Banning masturbation is the natural progression of banning contraception.
The natural progression of life is death.

I can’t even begin to relate contraception to abortion. Perhaps if a political party runs on the platform of banning contraception I will see the light.


28 posted on 08/17/2012 9:50:09 AM PDT by soycd
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To: soycd

It’s clear that you are a moral relativist, so I wouldn’t expect you to see the correlation between contraception & abortion.


29 posted on 08/17/2012 10:53:44 AM PDT by surroundedbyblue (Live the message of Fatima - pray & do penance!)
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