Melinda Gates Says Gates Foundation Won’t Fund Abortions, But it Will Promote Them

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 11, 2014   |   2:32PM   |   Washington, DC

The Gates Foundation has a long history of pushing abortion on an international scale and funding pro-abortion groups like Planned Parenthood. Seeking to push educational and health initiatives, the Foundation is facing criticism over its abortion advocacy.

Melinda Gates seems put off by the constant drumbeat of questions about its abortion advocacy, so today, in an effort to take the spotlight off of it, she says the Gates Foundation will not fund abortions. But it will still promote them…

As CNS News reports:

melindagates4bMelinda Gates, wife of Microsoft founder and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates, said the international family planning and anti-poverty group founded by them, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, “has decided not to fund abortion.”

In a June 2 statement on the website of the foundation, Melinda Gates explains that she recently sat down for interviews in Toronto, Canada, and while reporters asked about the newborn and child health initiatives of the foundation, “every journalist also focused on Canada’s policy on abortion.”

“Let me tell you why this worries me,” she said.

Gates then explained that spacing “pregnancies in a safe and healthy way” is an approach that works and  “saves lives,” but “the question of abortion should be dealt with separately.”

“[I]n 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,” she said.

“I understand why there is so much emotion, but conflating these issues will slow down progress for tens of millions of women.”

She continued, “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.”

While Gates seeks to deflect criticism, keep this in mind:

The Gates Foundation supports abortion and the Planned Parenthood abortion business. The Gates Foundation has given the Planned Parenthood Federation of America abortion business almost $12.5 million since 1998, including funds to persuade teenagers to support abortion and to lobby the United Nations to advance pro-abortion proposals.

The Gates foundation has also given nearly $21 million to the International Planned Parenthood abortion business over the last seven years. The funds have gone to promote abortions in third-world nations and to set up pro-abortion family planning centers in South America, Africa and eastern European nations.

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The Gates Foundation’s “No Controversy” campaign quickly became controversial because of its links to abortion. Critics pointed out the organizations chosen to implement the efforts were primarily abortion promoters. Among them are abortion giant Planned Parenthood and the United Nations Population Fund, which are linked with coercive population control programs in China and elsewhere.

In 2012, Melinda Gates was criticized for promoting abortion and population control at an international meeting.

The same year, she was criticized for hosting a Family Planning Summit in London with two of the biggest pro-abortion groups in the world, the UN Population Fund and International Planned Parenthood Federation.