Radicals Try to Eject Pro-Lifer From Family Planning Summit

International   Steven Ertelt   Jul 11, 2012   |   10:52AM    London, England

The pro-abortion radicals meeting in London to promote population control at the Family Planning Summit sponsored by Melinda Gates, attempted to kick out a pro-life advocate who was there to attend and monitor the event.

Security forces at the Melinda Gates Family Planning Summit approached Wendy Wright, a representative of the pro-life group C-FAM, and demanded to know how she got into the event. Pro-abortion representatives at the conference recognized Wright and accused her of sneaking into the summit.

According to C-FAM, attendance at the conference has been tightly controlled — with only supporting governments and organizations allowed to join the event. All non-governmental attendees had to be approved by the International Planned Parenthood Federation, the world’s largest abortion business,which has been organizing “civil society” participation. As the pro-life group notes, IPPF has refused admittance to any group that is critical of the Gates family planning initiative which intends to raise $6 billion to target poor women for population control programs.

Security backed off when Wright was able to produce her identification and her press badge and Wright, at the time, is allowed to continue attending.

C-FAM president Austin Ruse said, “This event is highly controlled. They want a message coming out of the conference of complete unanimity. The only way to get that is to keep others out. But, pro-lifers will not be silenced in our defense of poor women who do not want Melinda Gates’ contraceptives.”

Before the event, Wright said, “According to a Gates Foundation paper published in conjunction with the government of the United Kingdom, a key goal is permanent government funding for advocates to promote global agreements on sexual and reproductive health services and rights, and to lobby for more money for contraceptive information and services.”

“Melinda Gates insists the campaign is not associated with abortion or population control. She says is it about enabling women to choose as small or large a family as wanted. Yet the Summit provides no support for maternal or child health, and its primary partners have engaged in forced abortion and sterilization campaigns,’ Wright added. “In fact, contrary to the two main arguments promoted by family planners, studies show that greater access to contraception does not result in fewer pregnancies or abortions.”

“The tightly-controlled Summit is organized by the UK’s Department for International Development, which has been charged by the Guardian newspaper with funding India’s coerced sterilization program. So tightly is the conference organized that the venue will not be announced until shortly before the meeting commences, and only governments that make pledges can attend. International Planned Parenthood Federation, the largest abortion provider, is mobilizing civil society ahead of the event. Pro-lifers are complaining about the lack of transparency and accountability,” she added.

Gates, the wife of billionaire Microsoft founder Bill Gates, is hosting the event with two of the biggest pro-abortion groups in the world, the UN Population Fund and International Planned Parenthood Federation.

“They say they want to raise $4 billion to promote contraception among poor women. This is population control plain and simple, population control aimed at poor dark-skinned women,” Ruse said beforehand. “We have tried to get pro-lifers registered for this summit so there can be a counter voice but we are getting shut out by Planned Parenthood.”

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In April, Melinda Gates argued that contraception has been mistakenly associated with population control, abortion, forced sterilization, and mortal sin and insisted they are “side issues” that “have attached themselves to the core idea that men and women should be able to decide when to have a child.”

Leading pro-life groups are countering the event, saying the poor worldwide need food, not contraception.