Birth control and the way out of poverty

nrm_1416507244-melinda-gates-feminism-empowering-women-hearst-cosmopolitan-interviewYesterday’s New York Times carried this story about businesswoman and philanthropist Melinda Gates and her campaign to get contraceptives into developing countries.

From the conversation:

If you allow a woman — if you counsel her so it’s truly voluntary — to have a contraceptive tool and she can space those births, it unlocks the cycle of poverty for her. In the early days, I’d be out traveling for the foundation, I’d be there to talk to women about vaccines, I’m going be frank, for their children, and what they would say to me is: ‘O.K., I have questions for you. What about that contraceptive, how come I can’t get it anymore?’ To me, it’s one of the greatest injustices.

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One response to “Birth control and the way out of poverty

  1. It’s always interesting to me when the people who own this country talk about “moral imperatives.” Especially when their church’s dogma is in direct opposition to such “moral imperatives” and is responsible for the demonization and faux victimization that prevents such “moral imperatives” from being realized on a large scale abroad as well as here at home.

    If Melinda Gates truly believes access to birth control constitutes a moral imperative, she should leave the Roman Catholic Church. Otherwise, she remains a hypocrite, a cafeteria Catholic, supporting an institution that’s in direct opposition to her stated goals.

    The RCC is not a democratic institution. Credibility cannot be bought. Celebrity can. But celebrity is not credibility.

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