July 14, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Melinda Gates said it's “very troubling” that President Trump reinstated a policy banning U.S. funding of abortion and abortion-promoting organizations overseas.
Thanks to Trump's pro-life order, “reproductive health organizations” abroad now can't do abortions at all in their facilities – not even with British or French money – if they're receiving U.S. money, Gates complained.
It is “very troubling” that Trump has expanded the policy “very broadly,” she said.
Funding “family planning,” a euphemism for contraception and often abortion, “has been a very long-standing bipartisan issue,” Gates said. She said she and her husband, Bill, “have had many meetings over the last few months on the [Capitol] Hill to explain why this aid, why for just a few dollars a year, you could put a young girl and her family on the path to self-sufficiency.”
She called contraception “one of the smartest investments countries can make” and the “most effective anti-poverty tool we have.” Gates also said she's “optimistic” Pope Francis will reverse the Catholic Church's moral opposition to contraception.
Gates is in London for a massive pro-contraception conference. Ironically, secular media reports have suggested Gates has a “public personal stance” against abortion. She says she is “personally” against it and that the Gates Foundation doesn't support abortion. The Gates Foundation funds a number of pro-abortion groups, like Planned Parenthood affiliates globally and Marie Stopes International.
On July 11, “World Population Day,” African pro-life activist Obianuju Ekeocha blasted a BBC anchor for using “colonial talk” to argue contraception should be pushed on African women. She called Western countries funding abortions in Africa “ideological colonization.”