International development funding often comes with strings attached and that is exactly the case with the $7 billion Bill Gates is sending to Africa. Gates is using his wealth to push his own political ideology even though he says the aid package will go towards “constantly reducing maternal mortality, constantly reducing neonatal mortality, under-5 mortality, that’s really the metric that drives our foundation.” The truth is, the Gates Foundation has a long history of abortion promotion, which stands in sharp contrast to the pro-life culture of many African countries. Much of Gates’ reason for pushing large donations to developing countries is to dismantle established laws that protect unborn life.
According to Life News:
In a coincidental, but telling, twist of fate, on the same day as the Gates announcement, the world’s leading government coalition promoting global women’s health policy convened at the United States Capitol to commemorate its second anniversary. Representing 36 countries across 5 continents, the Geneva Consensus group is united by the fundamental belief that women’s health should not be held hostage by ideological agendas.
The Geneva Consensus Declaration and ensuing coalition serve as an essential buffer against persistent attempts to lure developing countries, by carrot or by stick, into abandoning protections for unborn life.
Big donors such as the Gates Foundation and the U.S. government should take heed of the Geneva Consensus. Governments at the receiving end of their “help” can speak for themselves, and together, they are speaking loud and clear—every person is born with inherent dignity and the right to life, and real women’s health gains should never be held hostage by the abortion agenda.