The Gates of Hell Temporarily Prevail

Editor’s Note: The Bill and Melinda Gates’ Family Planning Summit in the UK concluded yesterday, with staggering high-dollar commitments from nations and agencies all over the globe. C-FAM Director of Operations Lisa Correnti and activist Wendy Wright, working with pro-life watchdog Turtle Bay and Beyond, were present, keeping a sort of mini-journal of events. Here are some of their chilling reports:

Lisa Correnti, July 11

Today on World Population Day, government officials and charitable foundations have convened at the UK Family Planning summit co-sponsored by the  Gates Foundation and DFID –  the UK’s development aid program, to seek financial commitments to further implement population control efforts in developing countries. Government official after government official and spokespersons for billionaires foundations are all reading from the same script; family planning programs are necessary to save lives of poor women and their children.  Their flawed methodology is the same; make long-term contraceptive methods available to poor women and adolescent girls in every area of the globe. The prevention of an unplanned pregnancy amounts to an averted maternal or infant death.

A late morning panel hosted by Dr. Rajiv Shah administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) featured a re-commitment by the U.S. which has been funding reproductive health and family planning programs at $640 million since Hillary Clinton and President Obama have been in leadership. A video of Sec. Clinton praised the attendees and underscored the U.S. commitment to family planning restating “that reproductive rights are human rights.”

Financial commitments from this mornings sessions are the following:

UK (DFID): Aid for family planning will increase from £90 million each year to £180 million – more than £1.4 billion over eight years. EU: Currently $100 million euro on Family Planning, pledged an additional $23M for commodities. Germany: Doubling bilateral commitment from $50 to $100m every year from 2012 to 2015 Korea: Double its investment over next few years from 0.125 to .0.25%. Past year $5.4 million. France: Commits to additional €100 million for FP Australia: Australia plans to spend an additional AUD58 million over 5 years, doubling annual contributions to AUD53 million by 2016. Hewitt Foundation: $20-22 mil for international population work which includes $13m for advocacy to assure support continues. Packard Foundation: $24 million to be used for  1) demand 2) quality and 3) advocacy. Michael Bloomberg: $50 million Dutch: Increase of $100 million, from 370 to $470 million.

Pharmaceutical companies that are sure to capitalize on this initiative were also present to announce their contribution:

Merck announces $50million partnership with Gates Foundation with “choice as the central pillar.” Doubling capacity to reach increased demand for implants. Pfizer: Expanding of Depo-Provera by 50% to increase supplies to $1 billion injectibles.

The afternoon panel should produce additional commitments.

Melinda Gates

Lisa Correnti, July 11

In the afternoon session of the UK Family Planning Summit Melinda Gates pledged to increase support for family planning by $560 million through 2020. This addition to current funding will bring the total to $1 billion  over the next 7 years. Imagine if this funding was directed to providing clinics in the poorest regions of the world rather than for implants, injectibles, and sterilizations. What a shame!

Lisa Correnti, July 11

The UK Family Planning summit has concluded and the total financial commitment by attending countries and foundations amounts to $4.6 billion, which exceeds the $4 billion goal. The Gates Foundation was clear from the onset that it expected solid commitments from countries that attended. Now as one of the presenters said from a prominent foundation “we need to create the need through education.”

Apparently much of the unmet need is from women who don’t know they have an unmet need. Leave it to affluent western nations, billionaires foundations and pharmaceutical companies to do this.


Wendy Wright, July 11

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Lisa Correnti and Wendy Wright are, respectively, the Director of Operations and the Vice President for Government Relations and Communications for the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute.

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  • Pargontwin

    There’s an old joke that was told in the early 1960s when the Pill first became readily available.  It told of an poor African tribe (back when they were still largely a tribal society) who responded to a UN representative’s presentation on birth control with mockery and laughter.  “We already have birth control,” one man told the rep.  “It’s called SELF-control.”

    It’s also chilling that the conference actually used the term “population control.”  That’s what it all comes down to: control.  “Stop the world, I want to get off” no longer sounds quite so funny.  On the one hand, I don’t want to live in the world our society has made; on the other, I hope I live long enough to see Our Lady’s triumph.

  • AnnaMarie53

    I totally agree with Pargontwin! 

  • Kay

    The saying, “Money is the root of all evil.” is alive and well.  It has proven itself time and time again.

  • norpat

    What does it profit one to gain the whole world but suffer the loss of their soul ?

  • Wbarquez

    It is the “love of money” that is the root of all evil and not money per se.  But then, money speaks louder than words.  Women’s reproductive health is important and there are problems concerning it that ought to be addressed.  But addressing the problem should not include annihilating the unborn or mutilating the human body.  An evil could not be solved by commiting another evil.  

  • Aganendran

    Belinda is a poorly catechised “cafeteria” catholic. She needs to go back to catechism classes before she can be called a true catholic worthy of the Roman Catholic Church.

  • AEMichael

    First, I agree with the article.  I’m taking no issue with its content.

    The headline, however, lacks the Charity one would expect of a site seeking to promote a Cathlolic identity.  Where’s “love(s) the sinner, hate(s) the sin?”  The Gates require our prayers and mortification on their behalf, not pejorative puns… puns on a person’s name makes neither a strong nor the Christian argument.

    Do the right thing…change the headline.