Soon after President Trump was sworn in, he brought back an abortion policy called the “Mexico City Policy.”
“The “Mexico City Policy” – called the “global gag rule” by the abortion industry and its allies – prohibits non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that receive U.S. funds, including International Planned Parenthood, from providing or promoting abortions, as a method of family planning, overseas. The policy also bans these organizations from advocating for the passage of pro-abortion laws in other countries in which abortion is either illegal or restricted.”
But billionaires Bill and Melinda Gates have turned their backs and given $375 million to counteract President Trump’s new policy. This dump of money will go towards family planning and will help national and international organizations with promoting widespread contraception, sex education, and abortion.
— UNFPA (@UNFPA) July 11, 2017
How can such influential and charitable people defy their president like this? Melinda Gates made it clear this donation was meant to counteract Trump:
“This is a difficult political climate for family planning,” Gates said at the Summit. “I’m deeply troubled, as I’m sure you are, by the Trump administration’s proposed budget cuts.”
“If empowering women is more than just rhetoric for the president, he will prove it by funding family planning,” she added, according to the Guardian.
But her arrogance doesn’t stop there. Gates hopes to change Catholic doctrine concerning family planning as well:
In an interview with BBC, Gates – who identifies as a Catholic – said she is “optimistic” Pope Francis will change the Church’s teaching on contraception.
“We work very extensively with the Catholic Church and I’ve had many discussions with them because we have a shared mission around social justice and anti-poverty,” she said.
“And I think what this Pope sees is that if you’re going to lift people out of poverty, you have to do the right thing for women,” she said, even though “we have agreed at this point to disagree” on contraception.