Melinda Gates Will Spend $375 Million Pushing Population Control and Abortion

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Jul 11, 2017   |   6:53PM   |   Washington, DC

Melinda Gates will dedicate another huge chunk of money to population control and abortion across the world.

This week, Gates said her family’s foundation will increase donations by 60 percent to global family planning, according to Marie Claire. That amounts to an additional $375 million in the next four years, with about two-thirds of that specifically allocated for teen programs.

Gates said the funding will go to contraception and sex education; but the money also will indirectly fund abortions, too. The billionaire family already gives money to some of the largest abortion chains in the world, including Planned Parenthood and Marie Stopes International.

“This is a difficult political climate for family planning,” Gates said at The Global Family Planning Summit this week in London. “I’m deeply troubled, as I’m sure you are, by the Trump administration’s proposed budget cuts.”

One focus of the summit was the Mexico City Policy, which President Donald Trump reinstated in January. The policy prohibits United States taxpayer dollars from funding international groups that provide or promote abortions. The order ensures U.S. foreign aid will continue to go to health care and humanitarian relief in the millions of dollars. It just will not subsidize abortion overseas.

The Gates’ foundation was just one of several groups that announced plans to give money to family planning and abortion at the summit. The United Kingdom Department of International Development said it also will dedicate more than 1 billion British pounds to family planning and abortion.

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However, this funding alone cannot hope to close the gap left by Trump’s actions, which is why the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is joining forces with the UK’s Department for International Development, and the UN Population Fund to provide modern, voluntary family planning to women in the world’s poorest countries across Africa and Asia. The UK has pledged to provide an average of £225 million per year until 2022.

The Gates family also criticized Trump in February, claiming the Mexico City Policy would endanger women’s lives. In reality, the order saves lives by ensuring taxpayer dollars go only to groups that do not promote the killing of unborn babies.
While Gates Foundation funds cannot be earmarked for abortion, the fungibility of money makes it easier for pro-abortion organizations to provide abortion internationally.  In other words, every dollar the Gates Foundation gives to Planned Parenthood for distributing birth control or building an abortion-friendly clinic frees up a dollar in Planned Parenthood’s budget to spend elsewhere.

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, a British abortion chain, in 2012.

Much of this giving is focused on Africa, Asia and Latin America, where abortion-providers like Planned Parenthood, Marie Stopes and Ipas seek to overturn pro-life laws and sometimes even provide illicit abortion drugs.