Saturday, February 18, 2017

Gates Foundation Will Provide Birth Control to Women Who Lose It Under Trump

Trump and Pence campaigned very strongly against abortion access and Trump reinstated a ban for abortion and birth control funding overseas. This “global gag rule” will take away funding from organizations that provide health services to women all over the world.

So donations to Planned Parenthood skyrocket in response and now some of the wealthiest people in the world are fighting back as well. Melinda Gates recently discussed some of the future plans of the Gates Foundation and they include funding birth control to many women all over the world:

In the decade and a half since Bill and I started our foundation, I’ve heard from women all over the world about how important contraceptives are to their ability to take charge of their futures. When women are able to plan their pregnancies around their goals for themselves and their families, they are also better able to finish their education, earn an income, and fully participate in their communities.

The Gates Foundation aims to provide birth control to 120 million women worldwide by 2020. This is very necessary response to the slashing of funding of women’s health. While the “global gag rule” may make things more challenging for The Gates Foundation, they are determined to help as many women as they can. As Melinda Gates mentions, women who can plan their pregnancies are better able to attain their goals without as many barriers.

That is something all people should be supportive of, regardless of their politics.

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