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Gates Foundation donates $5 million to develop ‘permanent contraception’

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May 15, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) - A new sterilization drug for women will likely be developed and promoted worldwide thanks to a large donation from Bill and Melinda Gates.

The Gates Foundation gave an Oregon gynecologist $5 million in grant money last October to develop nonsurgical “permanent contraception.” The doctor has now gone global with an offer to fund research to find similar methods of permanent pregnancy prevention.

The news has drawn condemnation from the world’s largest pro-life organization, who said the Gates Foundation's obsessive focus on promoting contraception in the third world is based upon a faulty notion of what constitutes authentic ‘development,’ as well as highly suspect data about the actual desire for such contraception.

“It is difficult to determine what is more outrageous,” Phelan told LifeSiteNews, “the uncritical and fawning ‘news’ reporting on every new Gates Foundation sterilization development grant even as coercive sterilization campaigns continue around the world, or the fact that the Gates Foundation continues to act as if every problem in the developing world can be solved by sterilizing women.”

Oregon Health & Science University’s Dr. Jeffrey Jensen said it’s all about putting a stop to unplanned and unwanted pregnancies.

“My goal is very simple: to make every pregnancy planned and highly desired,” Jensen said in a report from the Portland Business Journal.

He cited a study that he said showed 50 percent of Ugandan women no longer wish to become pregnant, but only two percent have access to “permanent contraception.”

Jensen and his associates have been researching an approach on rhesus monkeys and baboons which uses polidocanol foam, an FDA-approved treatment for varicose veins, according to the bizjournal report, which also stated this particular approach “bypasses the cumbersome and lengthy regulatory process.”

If they are successful the next step will be human trials.

Jensen is working in partnership with Dr. Ov Slayden and Slayden’s team at the Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC), and they have established the Oregon Permanent Contraception Research Center (OPERM).

OPERM will supply grant funding, scientific expertise, a “nonhuman primate animal resource,” lab and procedural infrastructure, and administrative support to chosen investigators for assessing new nonsurgical contraceptive techniques, according to the Oregon University Health and Science website.

This latest multi-million-dollar Gates grant to prevent women from bearing children is just one in a lengthy list. Support for population control from Bill and Melinda Gates goes back years, and for years it has also been staged as a philanthropic development initiative.

The Foundation is notorious for funding promotion of contraception and abortion, focusing on developing countries, and endeavoring to mask initiatives as maternal health programs.  

Gates is further pushing the moral envelope with development of a remote control contraceptive device that would be injected into women and release contraceptive and abortifacient chemicals into her system for as long as 16 years.

Critics of the concept refer to it as cultish, and warn of eugenics concerns.

But HLI’s Stephen Phelan disputed the oft-cited claims, also made in the bizjournal report, that hundreds of millions of women in developing countries desire artificial birth control.

“To simply repeat the claims of population control organizations, including the absolutely baseless claim that what 200 million poor women of color want most is the ability to stop becoming pregnant (where exactly did this statistic originate – let’s see the data) is reckless and irresponsible,” he said.

Phelan said further that the picture painted of poor women in developing countries by agents of contraception and sterilization promotion is false.

“But we should also wonder why the world continues to stand by and admire a ‘development’ industry, even as widespread population control abuses continue in the name of ‘reproductive health and justice,’” he told LifeSiteNews. “There is no justice in manufacturing a supposed demand for poor women to be sterilized, when what these women always say they want most when asked is better basic healthcare, education, opportunity, and just governance.”



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