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Melinda Gates Investing Billions In Contraception (Video)

Melinda Gates Investing Billions In Contraception (Video)

Just in time for Mothers’ Day, we are learning that Melinda Gates has decided to make birth control her signature issue. “My goal is to get this back on the global agenda,” she tells Newsweek. And she plans to use the Gates Foundation, worth almost $34 billion, to put her agenda in place.

As Newsweek reports, the Gates foundation is teaming up with the British government in July to cosponsor a summit of world leaders in London, to start raising the $4 billion the foundation says it will cost to get 120 million more women access to contraceptives by 2020.

“This Is A Life-And-Death Crisis”

Gates explained her position last month during a TEDxChange presentation on family planning, (see below) “This is a life-and-death crisis. Every year, 100,000 women who don’t want to be pregnant die in childbirth. About 600,000 women who don’t want to be pregnant give birth to a baby who dies in her first month of life. I know everybody wants to save these mothers and babies.”

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has funded family-planning projects since its inception in 1999, but it hasn’t been a major focus until now. Melinda Gates says that as she traveled the world on behalf of the foundation over the last decade, she heard over and over again from women in developing countries that they need consistent access to reliable birth control.

For a woman who went to Catholic school, doesn’t this bring up some difficult issues? Well, yes, it turns out that Gates went through a lot of soul-searching before she was ready to champion the issue publicly. But while defying church teachings was difficult, she came to realize that it was morally necessary. And with ninety-eight percent of Catholic women in the U.S. using modern birth control, just as Gates herself did when she spaced out the births of her three children, she is in good company.

Focus On The Lives Of Women And Children

Gates’s approach is to focus on the lives of women and children, and make it clear that the agenda is neither coercive population control nor abortion; by doing so, she hopes the controversy over international family-planning programs can be defused.

Another target of Gates’s crusade is to pour money into the long-neglected field of contraceptive research, seeking entirely new methods of birth control. The Gates Foundation is already funding research into contraceptives that women could inject themselves, sparing them onerous clinic trips. Aware that many women reject the birth-control pill because of side effects, the foundation is investing in a search for a contraceptive medication that works without hormones, a potential whole new class of drug, says [Gary] Darmstadt, [director of family health at the foundation's global health program].

An Implantable Device That’s Woman-Controlled?

From Newsweek:

Another of the crazy ideas we’ve been dreaming about, he says, is whether we could create an implantable device that would be woman-controlled, and that you could put it in, and it could last her reproductive lifetime. She could turn it on and off at will, and it would never need to be removed. That’s something that I think every woman everywhere in the world could potentially benefit from, he says.

Wow! That sounds amazing, as well as revolutionary.

But even without that, what Gates is doing for women’s lives is wonderful. Since we know Gates will meet opposition, even though no one should disagree with women having control over their own reproductive systems, let’s all stand together and applaud her.

Kudos to Melinda Gates for taking on the crucial issues of family planning and contraception.

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12:46PM PDT on Sep 1, 2012

The rulers of this continent will keep their women tied & bound to the eight ball baby making machine. But hopefully some leaders are beginning to see the light of what Melinda Gates is trying to do.
The world is so overpopulated with illiterates but Melinda is spreading much needed BC information.
Hopefully this brings those knee deep in superstitions & voodoo magic can get past such beliefs & come into the 21st century.
And, there should be a worldwide moretorium on pregnancys for about ten years & this would give all people a chance to climb a few rungs of the ladder up out of poverty.

Wherever you go there once was a forest.
Plant & protect Danny's trees for life.
Trees are the lungs of the earth.

12:26PM PDT on Sep 1, 2012

Good work Melinda Gates. We need a person to balance the Adelson, Koch mafia $$$$ funding the GOP neo-con right wing republiscum fundamental Taliban movement.

2:12AM PDT on Jul 15, 2012

It makes such a nice change to see someone who has wealth beyond the dreams of many putting some of their money to good use. This couple have set a standard which if others followed would see the world becoming a far better place than it is now. I say if others followed, sadly I doubt that there will be that many who will!

9:44AM PDT on Jul 10, 2012

with a world population of over 7 billion people (about 500% of what the natural resources of the planet can comfortably sustain) and with the human infestation of the planet forcing thousands if not millions of other species into extinction, i applaud melinda's initiative. my only reservation is 'does it go far enough, or is it possible that we should maybe call for a moratorium on human breeding for slightly over a generation to allow the human population of the planet to diminish via natural attrition? as it is, we're choking the planet we live on to death.

12:20AM PDT on May 16, 2012

This is very good news! Thank you Melinda Gates.

2:05PM PDT on May 15, 2012

YAY!!! KUDOS to her!!!

5:16AM PDT on May 15, 2012

This is the best news I have heard in ages. Overpopulation causes worldwide misery, and yet it has been the "elephant in the corner" that no one dared address for fear of political incorrectness.

If women in developing nations are given the means to limit their families to manageable sizes, I suspect that a lot of suffering would be eliminated. A family that is struggling to sustain 8 children, all of whom are malnourished and therefore susceptible to disease, may be able to adequately sustain and care for 2 or 3 children.

3:39PM PDT on May 14, 2012

Melinda Gates ROCKS!!!!

12:33PM PDT on May 13, 2012

For anyone interested in supporting great organizations who focus on family planning and contraception, check out Pathfinder International (http://www.pathfinder.org). For 55 years, we've been focused on improving access to sexual and reproductive health care for women and families--including access to contraception.

12:08PM PDT on May 13, 2012

Go Belinda go!

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