Popular Christian singer Amy Grant is defending her partnership with Melinda Gates of the pro-abortion Gates Foundation after LifeNews.com exposed the partnership and the foundation’s massive financial support for the abortion industry.
Amy Grant is pro-life on the issue of abortion, but she recently announced she is teaming up with one the head of the most pro-abortion foundations that shuttled millions towards abortions and abortion businesses.
In an opinion column on Fox News’ web site, Grant announced she is partnering with Melinda Gates of the Gates Foundation to push birth control and contraception in impoverished nations. Grant said she hosted Gates recently at a Christian event in Nashville, Tennessee to discuss their partnership.
“I hosted Melinda Gates in Nashville as she came to meet with our vibrant faith community for the first time. I didn’t know Melinda, and she didn’t know me. But we did know each other’s work well. What an amazing experience to hear about her faith journey, how Christian music had influenced her commitment to the world’s poor, and to learn more about how I could join hands with her and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help 120 million women around the world, to save their lives and the lives of their children,” Grant writes.
Although Grant says she is knows “well” about the work the Gates Foundation does, apparently she is uninformed about the millions it has thrown to the abortion industry. As LifeNews previously chronicled, the Gates Foundations has sent tens of millions to the two biggest abortion businesses in the world, each of which have snuffed out the lives of millions of unborn babies in abortions that Grant opposes:
According to the Gates Foundation grant database, the Foundation gave Planned Parenthood of America, the International Planned Parenthood Federation, and Planned Parenthood of Western Washington about $71 million from before 2009 through 2013. Additionally, the Gates Foundation gave $46.1 million to Marie Stopes International in 2012 alone. Both Planned Parenthood and Marie Stopes have killed tens of millions of unborn children in abortions worldwide and are considered the two biggest abortion businesses with abortion facilities located across the globe. Planned Parenthood actively pushes legalizing abortions and overturning pro-life laws in the very nations Grant is hoping to help in her campaign.
Following the LifeNews article and criticism from pro-life people, Grant is defending her decision to support the Gates Foundation. She posted on Facebook:
Gates Foundation is NOT pro-abortion. This key line on the Hope Through Healing Hands website explains the focus of the Gates Foundation-backed Faith-based Coalition for Healthy Mothers & Children Worldwide: What do we mean when we say we support the “healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies”? We mean enabling women and couples to determine the number and timing of their pregnancies, including the voluntary use of methods for preventing pregnancy, not including abortion, that are harmonious with their values and religious beliefs. The term “family planning” is often used synonymously with this concept. This is found at this link: https://www.hopethroughhealinghands.org/about
Other responses from Amy Grant’s Facebook page make it clear Grnt is defending the contraception portion of her partnership with the Gates Foundation but ignoring it’s enormous investment in the abortion industry.
From Team Amy – we respect your opinion but simply do not agree that contraception and family planning are the same as abortion. Blessings.
From Team Amy – this initiative is decidedly pro-life in its efforts to improve the health of millions of women and children across the world.
From Team Amy – we are trying to respond as best we can. We aren’t perfect but are trying to explain our hearts. For you to insinuate that Amy was “bought” for this cause was insulting. This initiative is decidedly pro-life. The focus is to improve maternal and child health globally. We understand that good people disagree about issues and we certainly don’t want anyone supporting a cause that they don’t believe in. We, however, very much believe that maternal health and family planning (NOT abortions) are pro-life causes that value the lives of millions of women and children.
None of the comments from Grant’s official Facebook page at press time appear to respond to comments about the Gates Foundation’s millions in investments in abortion businesses worldwide and Grant’s partnership with an organization that pushes abortion on a global scale.
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Perhaps Grant was prompted to partner with Gates by misleading news stories where Melinda Gates claimed the foundation wouldn’t fund abortions directly as making her foundation safe to work with, but the funding of the abortion industry is clear and a proven problem. Grant also needs to look further into the abortion advocacy of the foundation and Melinda’s own abortion push at international events.