by Wendy Wright
(KUALA LUMPUR -C-FAM) When Melinda Gates declared that family planning for poor women would be her signature issue, she named her campaign “No Controversy.”
“We’re not talking about abortion” or population control, said the wife of billionaire Bill Gates. With that assurance, presidents of poor countries consented to Gates’ campaign. They even agreed to help fund the programs, topping off the $4.6 billion raised for Melinda’s initiative at a Summit held in London last year.
Now that attempt to distance Gates from abortion will be hard to maintain.
Next week Melinda will speak at Women Deliver. The global conference held in Kuala Lumpur, hosted by groups that advocate abortion as a method of family planning, intends to build on the momentum of the Gates Summit. Several sessions focus on training attendees how to promote abortion along with family planning, particularly in poor countries and where it is illegal.
Other speakers include partial-birth abortionist LeRoy Carhart and utilitarian philosopher Peter Singer who encourages infanticide.
LeRoy Carhart became famous for suing to overturn a ban on partial-birth abortion, an especially brutal procedure in which Carhart delivers a fully-formed baby until only the head is in the mother. He then stabs the baby in the neck and suctions out the baby’s brains to cause her death.
Carhart lost when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the ban in 2007.
Recently Carhart was in the news when a young mother died from internal bleeding after he committed a late-term abortion on her 33-week baby. Another young woman with Down syndrome died after he performed a late-term abortion a few years ago. Last month he was caught telling a potential patient, “I’ve never had to send anyone to the hospital.”
Women Deliver describes Carhart as a “human rights defender.” Workshops will train attendees on how to present abortion as if it were a human right, and treat regulations as obstacles to be eliminated or ignored. While referred to as a woman’s right, unregulated abortion actually benefits abortionists like Carhart by removing penalties for harming women and babies.
While Carhart will speak at a break-out session, Women Deliver organizers have tapped utilitarian philosopher Peter Singer to address the entire audience. The ethics professor, who believes the idea of the sanctity of life is outdated, has sparked protests by disability activists for encouraging euthanasia.
Singer believes no infant should be considered a person until 30 days after birth and that “killing a newborn baby is never equivalent to killing a person.” An unborn child deserves no greater protection than a cow, he says, because a baby’s mental capacity is inferior to those of cows. Abortion is justified to curb overpopulation.
He surprised even his critics when he argued bestiality can be mutually satisfying.
Singer will coach the Women Deliver audience of up to 5,000 people on how to “drive social change.”
Critics of Melinda Gates’ initiative were initially suspicious because of the groups that were chosen as partners. These groups that would implement her campaign advocate and commit abortions and have history of abusive population control programs. Many of these groups are also partners of the Women Deliver conference, such as International Planned Parenthood Federation, UNFPA and Population Action.