Sadly, instead of using their huge financial and political resources to help the poorest of the poor in areas such as sub-Saharan Africa get basic medical care, sanitation, and food, pro-abortion billionaires such as Melinda Gates (husband of Microsoft founder Bill Gates) are funneling resources into programs aimed at reducing population growth by a variety of means, including abortion.
This from the London Summit on Family Planning website:
On 11 July 2012 the UK Government and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with UNFPA and other partners will host a groundbreaking summit that will mobilize global policy, financing, commodity, and service delivery commitments to support the rights of an additional 120 million women and girls in the world’s poorest countries to use contraceptive information, services and supplies, without coercion or discrimination, by 2020.
Steven Ertelt reports:
The Family Planning Summit sponsored by pro-abortion activist Melinda Gates has concluded and the sponsors and supporters of it have raised billions to promote population control worldwide.
Lisa Correnti, of the pro-life group C-FAM, which has been monitoring the summit, provided details about the final numbers.
“The UK Family Planning summit has concluded and the total financial commitment by attending countries and foundations amounts to $4.6 billion, which exceeds the $4 billion goal,” she explained.
Groups such as the Gates foundation often attempt to mask their population control aims by focusing on funding contraception instead of abortion. But make no mistake – the goal of these programs is to reduce the number of children born to poor mothers. Austin Ruse, president of C-FAM, writes to expose this sleight of hand:
[Melinda] Gates insists her program will not be coercive and that it will not be connected to the abortion debate. But, in fact, her key partners are hip-deep in abortion and coercion. The UN Population Fund helped set up the Chinese one-child policy. International Planned Parenthood Federation is the world’s largest abortion provider and its U.S. affiliate has been shown to accept sex-selective abortions. And the UK Department of International Development was just accused by the left-leaning Guardian of funding coercive family planning in India.
Proponents of this agenda are worried about their plans being exposed for what they are. During the course of the meeting in London, for instance, pro-abortion organizers of the event tried to eject pro-life activist Wendy Wright from the gathering even though she had approved press credentials.
Make no mistake – the international pro-abortion movement continues apace in part because of our silence. We need to do everything we can to get the word out about their true agenda and how they are taking advantage of poor countries to push their own agenda. You can learn more about what is happening internationally at the Turtle Bay and Beyond blog, run by C-FAM and, of course, by continuing to follow Live Action News!
UPDATE: On a somewhat related note, I came across this fascinating graphic that puts the world’s population into some perspective: