Skip to comments.Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Does Not Fund Abortion, Melinda Reveals
Posted on 06/08/2014 1:16:31 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Philanthropist Melinda Gates revealed that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, one of the most charitable private foundations in the world, does not fund abortion.
"I understand why there is so much emotion, but conflating these issues will slow down progress for tens of millions of women. That is why when I get asked about my views on abortion, I say that, like everyone, I struggle with the issue, but I've decided not to engage on it publicly and the Gates Foundation has decided not to fund abortion," Gates wrote earlier this week, reflecting on a recent overseas trip.
Gates, who has worked on projects helping girls and women receive access to the health care they need, noted that during a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Toronto, journalists heavily focused on Canada's abortion policy, which is one of the few in the world that places virtually no limits on the practice.
"Around the world there is a deep, broad, and powerful consensus: We should provide all women the information and tools to time and space their pregnancies in a safe and healthy way that works for them. This approach is simple, it works, and it saves lives," she wrote.
"The question of abortion should be dealt with separately. But in the United States and around the world the emotional and personal debate about abortion is threatening to get in the way of the lifesaving consensus regarding basic family planning."
Gates' comments where criticized in a few pro-abortion commentaries, such as an article in The Daily Beast on Thursday that asked her to "stop stigmatizing abortion."
"These are preventable deaths, deaths suffered by women and communities the Gates Foundation desperately wants to help and could help if Bill and Melinda Gates were willing to be part of solution in supporting practical access to safe abortion services, rather than part of the problem by perpetuating stigma and leaving only dangerous alternatives to prevail," the article states.
Back in March, Bill Gates, who earlier this year regained his spot as the richest man in the world, said that his family goes to a Catholic church and that religious morality inspires a lot of their charity work.
"The moral systems of religion, I think, are super important. We've raised our kids in a religious way; they've gone to the Catholic church that Melinda goes to and I participate in. I've been very lucky, and therefore I owe it to try and reduce the inequity in the world. And that's kind of a religious belief. I mean, it's at least a moral belief," the Microsoft founder says in an interview with Rolling Stone.
The Gates Foundation, founded in 2000, has donated money and established programs for various causes around the world.
Its initiatives include a Global Health Division aimed at advancing science and technology to save lives in developing countries, a Global Developments programs on agriculture, water and sanitation; financial services for the poor, and education programs in the U.S., to name a few.
In a separate interview in March, Melinda Gates talked about her Roman Catholic faith and how it corresponds to funding contraceptives in the global fight against AIDS.
"Even though I am Catholic I believe in contraceptives, just like the majority of Catholic women in the United States who report using contraceptives, and I shouldn't let that controversy be the thing that holds us back," Gates said.
"My weekly income to too low. I earn only $100 a week. I can't buy everything I need. Can you help me?"
"Maybe. What do you spend money on?"
"Well, $50 goes to housing. $50 a week goes to food. And $25 a week goes to drugs. I'd like to spend $50 a week on drugs -- just spending only $25 a week leaves me all strung out. Anyway, as you can see, I just don't have enough money -- that's why my children go hungry so often."
"I see. Well, I will not subsidize your drug use. But ... If I gave you $25 a week for food, would that help?"
"Oh, absolutely. Then I'd almosty never be strung out!"
Gates says she isn't funding abortion, but I think that really depends on how you look at it.
Get ready for the firestorm. Treating abortion as anything other than a wholesome all-American pastime like baseball and apple pie will cause the hammer to come down. She will be vilified by left wing icons and the media in the coming weeks.
So the Gates Foundation supports Planned Parenthood, the biggest abortion provider in the world. But we are to believe that none of the money the foundation gives is used to perform and promote abortion?
You can fool some of the people all the time, ......
It will, eventually.
Rule #1: Leftists Lie.
The fact that there is any "struggle" tells you which side she's on.
Melinda is the same kind of lying hypocrite as Nasty Piglosi.
“This approach is simple, it works, and it saves lives,” she wrote”
No, it takes lives, Melinda...
Sterilization is the Gates’ central focus, they prefer to deceptively support all Culture of Death principles.
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The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
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There's a huge difference between funding programs that include abortion; and funding programs that don't — even if the recipients find a way around the rules.
Stephan Harper, and his Conservative government took a lot of heat in Canada; because the maternal and infant health program he started specifically excludes abortion. Good on the Gates, if their program also excludes abortion.
When someone tries to do the right thing — thank them. Don't go inventing hypotheticals to criticize them.