One of the world’s richest men announced plans this week to spend even more money pushing population control on women in Africa.
Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, plan to donate $18 million to family planning programs through the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), All Africa reports. Their foundation made the announcement during an international family planning conference in Rwanda.
The Gates Foundation has a long history of pushing birth control on some of the world’s poorest countries while their people cry for clean water, food and basic health care. Though the Gates family says the money does not go toward abortions, it gives money to some of the largest abortion providers in the world, including the International Planned Parenthood Federation and Marie Stopes International.
Here’s more from All Africa:
The [Gates’] fund will be managed by the United Nations Population Fund’s thematic programme dedicated to expanding access to family planning, UNFPA Supplies, for the Ouagadougou Partnership countries such as Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal and Togo.
Under the Ouagadougou Partnership, family planning efforts will be made with initiatives that enable 120 million more women and girls to use contraceptives by 2020 and accelerate progress in the use of family planning services in targeted countries.
The Gates family’s work with the abortion industry and UNFPA is concerning because of the groups’ record of human rights violations against unborn babies and women. UNFPA promotes abortions, but it also has been linked to oppressive population control measures in China, including forced sterilizations and abortions.
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The Gates Foundation and other population control groups have made a goal of expanding birth control throughout the world by 2020. At the conference, leaders said they have been falling short of that goal, The Guardian reports.
The report continues:
According to FP2020, an estimated 317 million women and girls in the world’s poorest countries are now using a modern form of contraception, 46 million more than in 2012.
However, in its report published this week, it admitted the figure was way short of its target to reach an extra 120 million women in 69 target countries by 2020.
In an interview last month, Gates did not hesitate to say population control is their goal. His foundation recently released a new report about its work toward “ending poverty and fighting inequality.” According to the news outlet, the report suggests measures to shift Africans toward “wanted births or fewer early births as a means to reduce population growth in Africa.”
Gates said they are working toward that goal by increasing access to contraception.
“The biggest thing is the modern tools of contraception,” he said. “There are implants, injections, IUD. And, obviously, if you have those things available, then people are more in control of being able to space their children.”
Those promoting population control have been harshly critical of the Trump administration for expanding the Mexico City policy, which prohibits international funding to groups that promote or provide abortions, and defunding UNFPA