Gates Foundation Will No Longer Fund Abortion

Fer realz:

“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.” – Melinda Gates

Thanks be to God through our Lord Jesus Christ!

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  • James H, London

    Most Excellent!

  • Faithr

    Melinda, Melinda! God bless you!

  • Rosemarie

    +J.M.J+

    Wow, good news for once!

  • Dave G.

    I found an article on this that also quoted an interview with Bill in Rolling Stone. He said they go to a Catholic Church, and are raising their kids to be Catholic. The quotes were vague about Bill’s own beliefs, but he said the moral teachings were a guide for him.

    • Mike

      I wonder what parish they attend and how a guy like bill can just come and go w/o a hundred body guards in tow.

      • Marthe Lépine

        You might be surprised. I would guess that if Bill shows up somewhere, wearing ordinary jeans and a nondescript jackets and driving an ordinary family car, few, if any, would recognize him because it would not match our mental image of a billionaire.

        • Mike

          oh that’s true and he looks very “average” so yeah.

        • PalaceGuard

          OTOH, he might be mobbed by confused Big Bang Theory fans.

        • sez

          He is short. Very, very short. A couple of friends met him, one now knowing who he was, and described him as a “little, tiny man”. She never used such words about our mutual friend, Jeff, who is 5’4″… so prolly nobody’d recognize Gates.

  • JJG

    Deo gratias! Maybe one day the foundation will even change its collective mind on its Malthusian approach to economic development, i.e., prosperity through population control. But one thing at a time …

    This is especially good news, as Warren Buffet intends to pour a significant portion of his wealth into the Gates Foundation, rather than leave it to his children.

  • Pete the Greek

    This is the first news item I saw this morning. What a great way to start the day! Special thanks to all those who stormed heaven with prayers!

  • Mike

    Can this be for real? PS I think she’s catholic but i just assumed cultural-catholic.

    • Steve P

      My mother-in-law was one of Mrs. Gates’ high school theology teachers. So I know she got at least *some* good grounding along the way! 😉 Seriously, though – continue to keep their family and other prominent and influential people in your prayers. The Holy Spirit continues to stir hearts into flame!

      • Mike

        Yeah this is just so not what happens that i still have a hard time believing she said this publicly…ps when will the deluge of outrage come? I haven’t heard anything yet which is eerie.

        • http://www.subcreators.com/blog Lori Pieper

          I’ll bet they are sharpening their knives now. . .

          • Mike

            I can’t believe this hasn’t hit the 24 hr news cycle huffpo twitter yet…i can’t believe melinda hasn’t been forced to recant yet or bill to apologize for offending women everywhere, something along those lines.

            • Marthe Lépine

              It could be that strange way people have to show high respect to wealthy billionaires at work here. Some critics are confused here about what to do or say, even maybe because they are afraid that if they offend someone who is currently so much in the spotlight, their sources of funding may diminish…

              • Mike

                Could be but the silence and lack of total nuclear meltdown indignation is weird…remember komen run for the cure? there was hysteria.

  • Alexander S Anderson

    Praise be to God! May He continue to turn hearts.

  • Joe Blough

    Here’s a quite different take, one that rings truer…
    http://www.hli.org/2014/06/claim-gates-foundation-fund-abortion-outright-deception/

    • Marthe Lépine

      Actually, I don’t agree with that priest’s comment. Why not give Ms. Gates the benefit of the doubt? To immediately jump up and condemn her, and call her a liar, could well risk making her change her mind if she is still debating her decision. Maybe she does mean to stop funding abortion; maybe she will start by stopping to fund some form of abortion, which would be a step in the right direction, a very small step, maybe, but you must know that every journey begins with one first step. If she is really concerned about maternal health, it could be that she is beginning to realize that abortion has the potential of really damaging a woman’s health. I have read, some time ago, about a doctor who was not particularly pro-life, but was stating that in his professional opinion, a woman who intends to have a child later on in life should never have an abortion, and that aborting a first pregnancy, particularly if the woman is very young, was definitely a bad idea. (His problem was that when he tried to give that kind of advice, he was accused of being totally anti-abortion, and he did not feel that he was able to provide his best medical advice.) Once Ms. Gates will have made that first step, maybe she will move on to another step, which could have to do with recognizing that artificial birth control and abortifacients are not too good for a woman’s health either, and so on. If we get the knee-jerk reaction of claiming that she is a liar because the Gates foundation has spent a lot of money, and is still spending a lot of money spreading the use of contraceptives, and has financed abortion organization, we might get the opposite result to what we would like. I would suggest that any small step in the right direction should be applauded, loudly, and that we pray even more.

      • Joe Blough

        I understand your point, but the HLI priest did not say Gates was a liar but that her statement is a deception — and it is. The fact is that the funding of abortion providers and promoting abortifacient contraceptives is the funding of abortion providers and promoting abortifacient contraceptives, and on that basis alone, I side with the priest.

  • Romulus

    Pro life people don’t “struggle with the issue of abortion”. I ain’t buying it.

    • chezami

      Who said she was prolife?

      • Romulus

        “I’ve decided not to engage on it publicly”

        Shut up, she explained.

  • tz1

    Now if he can only convince his friend Warren Buffet. Or perhaps it is merely that the Juggernaut has sufficient momentum.


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