Melinda Gates’ Claim the Gates Foundation Doesn’t Fund Abortions is an “Outright Deception”

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 13, 2014   |   3:53PM   |   Washington, DC

A pro-life group that works on an international level is taking issue with recent claims by Melinda Gates that the Gates Foundation she and her husband, billionaire Bill Gates, run will not fund abortions.

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.

melindagates3But Human Life International president Father Shenan Boquet tells LifeNews he’s not falling for it.

He called the recent claim by Melinda Gates that her Foundation does not fund abortion “an outright deception” in comments released today. Father Boquet made the comments from Bogotá, Colombia where he spoke at an HLI-sponsored conference this week to train Catholic seminarians and clergy on pro-life issues.

“Melinda Gates’ claim that ‘the Gates Foundation has decided not to fund abortion’ should not be hailed as good news from pro-lifers, because it’s an outright deception,” he said in the email to LifeNews. “The Gates Foundation has in the past and will continue to give tens of millions of dollars to the largest abortion providers in the world, including International Planned Parenthood Federation and Marie Stopes International. These large sums of money will undoubtedly expand the reach and influence of the abortion industry.”

Not only does the Gates Foundation donation to the two biggest abortion businesses in the world counter the claim she made, so does the fact that the Gates Foundation actively funds drugs that may cause abortions.

“The Gates Foundation and their partners have pledged to spend billions to push these abortion-causing drugs and devices onto poor women in Africa, Asia and Latin America who are already suffering and in need of genuine development aid,” Boquet said. “And as Human Life International’s pro-life missionaries have seen first-hand in Africa, the methods Ms. Gates is promoting worldwide are not only killing preborn lives, but destroying women’s health due to their dangerous, and sometimes deadly, side effects.”

“If the Gates Foundation is really committed not to fund abortion as Ms. Gates says, she should immediately stop her multi-billion dollar effort to push abortifacients on impoverished women in the developing world,” he concluded.

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.