Friday, July 6, 2012

The trendy eugenics of Melinda Gates

An interesting piece from the Deacon's Bench today discusses the role of Melinda Gates, a Catholic, in pushing the evil of contraception on third-world women. Deacon Kandra links to this CNN piece which says:
(CNN) -- Responding to simmering controversy among Catholic bloggers about her new birth control program, Melinda Gates -- a practicing Catholic -- said she will not shrink from her role as an advocate for poor women. [...]

About the flak over her Catholicism she said: "We're not going to agree about everything, but that's OK."

Gates is promoting an ambitious family planning program -- which includes raising billions of dollars to provide contraceptives to 120 million women worldwide -- at the London Summit on Family Planning July 11.

While most Catholics, in the United States, at least, according to polls, seem to agree with Gates that contraception for women is not controversial, some Catholic bloggers are taking issue with the plan.

One blog in particular,, has frequently published diatribes against Gates, calling into question her faith, and calling her plan a "blatant attack on Catholic sexual morality."

As far as the broader Catholic church stance on the Gates program, CNN requested a comment from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, but did not get a response.

But this is what really gets me:

"Africa's the one place really in the world, for the most part, that contraceptives haven't been available and it's really been a crime," said Gates. "If you see what's happened in other countries that have had contraceptives, they use them first of all and the birth rates go down. ... The question is could it have come down even more quickly?" [...]

No doubt, the family planning initiative will roll out despite Catholic protestations, and Gates says this is the issue for which she hopes to be remembered.

"I work on a broad set of foundation issues," said Gates. "But this one for me has really grasped my heart and my mind.

She added: "This will be my lifetime's work at the foundation."

Imagine making it your lifetime's (sic) work to make sure that there are fewer Africans.

Anybody who thinks that eugenics ended with the end of World War II isn't really paying attention. For a very long time, our Ruling Class's approach to the third world has been summed up, as Mark Shea often puts it, as "Just enough of me, way too many of you." I recall hearing a story from a missionary who served in Africa about how women would go to medical clinics being funded by people like Gates in the hopes that they would receive good prenatal care, antibiotics for infections, or treatment for the ordinary ills of pregnancy, only to be told by the clinic staff, "We don't do any of that. But we can give you free birth control for after the baby is born."

Make no mistake: the artful concern expressed by evil women like Melinda Gates about poor third-world mothers and their trials is nothing but a cloak for the push to lower the African birth rate (and that of similar places in the world) until it drops well below replacement level. Because the only thing more horrifying to the rabid anti-population types like Gates than a world full of people is a world full of brown people.

That's why, for our Ruling Class, the trendy eugenics of pushing hormonal contraceptives and condoms at the third world will never go out of style. The smug self-congratulation Melinda Gates radiates in this world will hopefully be consolation to her when she finds out what she is losing in the next, where the only gates that matter are the ones that open to the just, and remain shut against the unrighteous.


Barbara C. said...

I'm sorry to hear this. I know that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has done some good work in African and Indian villages to change attitudes about women being considered worth less than sheep by providing girls' schools that teach better health and hygiene habits as well as vocational training. They've really tried to reduce the instances of female circumcision and child brides in this way.

And it just goes to show that the term "practicing Catholic" can have a wide variety of meanings depending on who is using it.

Annie said...

I didn't know Melinda Gates was a "practicing Catholic". I am not sure what that means in Washington state, since some of the most active supporters of abortion and gay marriage, like our Senator Patty Murray and Governor Christine Gregoire also claim this "distinction".

Dymphna said...

These peopel never practice what they preach. They want babies in the Third World dead but see nothing hypocritcal in having children themselves.

SherryTex said...

Clearly, Melinda needs more practice being Catholic.

Jean said...

I ceased being surprised when I was a child and Sting (remember him?) called for everyone to have only two children. My older cousins pointed out that he had SEVEN children by different mothers, so he would have decided which five to abort after the fact.