IN A SPEECH in Berlin on Good Friday, Melinda Gates, a self-proclaimed Catholic, explained why the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is spending some of its vast wealth to push artificial contraception around the world, according to The Seattle Times. Oblivious to worldwide plummeting birth rates, Gates presented her Orwellian program as the height of enlightenment and progress when it is in fact a stale and unimaginative scheme based on Malthusian economics and a willful obliviousness to the social effects of artificial contraception.
“Some people worry that the real goal is to control populations,” she stated. How could pushing birth control be anything but an effort to control populations?
According to The Seattle Times: “Gates noted that every year 100,000 women who didn’t wish to conceive die during childbirth.” Yes, and how many of their children live? And, she stated, ”600,000 women who did not want to become pregnant [give] birth to infants who die in the first month of life.” So powerful is the Gates Foundation that it can know when a woman anywhere in the world is unhappy when she is pregnant. Life is only meaningful if your mother was in a good mood when she was pregnant. So powerful is the Gates Foundation that every birth will someday be engineered and premeditated.
She stated that men and women “should be able to decide” when to have a child. Men and women have always been able to decide when to have a child. What she really means is global engineers such as the Gates Foundation should be able to influence heavily the decision.
Gates claims she is Catholic and yet outrageously — on Good Friday — said she has the right as a Catholic to defy Church doctrine. So weak and timid are Church authorities that someone like Gates can go on making statements like this and still be a member of the Church in good standing. This permissiveness is an affront to Catholics everywhere and an aggressive assault on their values. Gates also misrepresented the Church’s position. The Church is not against birth control. It is against artificial contraception, which brings promiscuity, disease, fatherlessness and economic decline in its wake. Hello, Melinda. It’s not just about sex.
For Gates, the entire world is a canvas on which to paint her intoxicating, utopian visions.
In the real world, the humble and innocent will never use artificial birth control the way social engineers want. The urge for life and the impulse toward connection are primal. Call them too stupid or call them too smart, but the poor or lower classes do not use artificial contraception as family planners intend. They will always have “unplanned births.” What the spread of birth control means is that the middle class and elite embrace artificial contraception. In so doing, they devalue children and the sense of identity that comes from traditional sex roles. A poor man may have little in material goods but he still can have his identity and pride as man. Global social engineers seek to destroy the person at the core of his being. They are opposed to woman as woman and to chastity, modesty and self-restraint as essential virtues, as the building stones of civilization.
Artificial contraception, when encouraged and pushed by social leaders, ultimately decimates the family. It brings about a culture of casual child neglect, rampant consumerism and demographic decline. It leads to illegitimacy and endless sorrow for the poor. It creates poverty and hardship.
This is not charity but nihilistic manipulation. Gates could use her tremendous wealth to help people support their families (why, she could even do that in America, of all places). She could give cash grants to married women with four or more children. She could give grants to men who are supporting their families on little. What a difference she could make. What a message of affirmation and hope she could send to the world. Instead, as a woman seeking to prevent other women from having children, as a philanthropist driven by a gnostic animosity to human nature and the presumptuous belief that poverty can be obliterated, she promotes a bleak creed of negation.