Prominent Pro-Abortion Advocates Featured at 'Women Deliver' International Conference
An international conference on maternal health that will feature HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Melinda Gates as speakers, has also tapped euthanasia advocate Peter Singer and late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart to train family planning supporters.
C-FAM, an international pro-family organization, will report on the Women Deliver conference when it is held in Kuala Lumpur from May 28th-30th. The group expects that the inclusion of Singer and Carhart as trainers could pose some difficulties for Gates. LifeSiteNews reports that last year, Gates elicited pledges from presidents to advance her family planning initiative within their respective nations by promising her campaign would not include abortion or population control.
Gates, wife of Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, announced in 2012 a multi-billion dollar global campaign to promote the use of birth control as a requirement for “women’s health”. Though she claims to be a Catholic, Gates said that, by the year 2020, she hoped to raise $4 billion to supply contraceptives, particularly Depo-Provera, to 120 million more women. Regarding the contradiction with the beliefs of her faith, Gates said that she has “had to wrestle with which pieces of religion do I use and believe in my life, what would I counsel my daughters to do.”
In addition, Gates has partnered with Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the United Nations Population Fund, the latter of which helps to administer China’s coercive “one child policy,” to counter critics of contraceptive “foreign aid” programs and the population control agenda of some American foundations.
“There is no controversy in raising your voice for equal access,” Gates’ website, No Controversy, states, and asks visitors to “share your story” about how “contraceptives changed your life.”
“Women Deliver is billed as a next step in Melinda Gates’ campaign,” said Wendy Wright, C-FAM’s vice-president for government relations and communications. “Gates assured supporters that her campaign has nothing to do with abortion or population control. Yet the speakers and workshops at Women Deliver advocate practices- like unlimited abortions- that will increase maternal and newborn deaths.”
Wright added, “Women Deliver encourages tactics that increase unsafe abortions…The goal is to get abortion drugs into nations where abortion is unacceptable or illegal.”
LeRoy Carhart was recently the subject of a Live Action undercover investigation at his abortion clinic in Nebraska. In the video exposé, Carhart compared the child in the womb to “meat in a Crock-Pot,” and joked with the investigator about his abortion toolkit that included a “pickaxe” and a “drill bit.”
Sebelius, a former governor of Kansas who received thousands of dollars in campaign donations from late-term abortionist George Tiller, imposed the HHS mandate as part of ObamaCare on United States employers, which forces them to provide free contraception, sterilization procedures, and abortion-inducing drugs to employees through health insurance plans.
Peter Singer, a professor of bioethics at Princeton University, has focused much of his writings and work on a “quality of life” ethic which reportedly is meant to replace one based on the “sanctity of life.”
According to the Catholic Education Resource Center, in his milestone book, Rethinking Life and Death, which some pro-life advocates view as the Mein Kampf of the euthanasia movement, Singer explains that concepts such as “sanctity of life,” “dignity,” and “created in the image of God” are false.
“Fine phrases,” he says, “are the last resource of those who have run out of argument.”
Singer sees no moral or philosophical significance to traditional terms such as “being” or “nature,” and identifies himself as a modern philosopher who has abandoned such “metaphysical and religious shackles.”
In Rethinking Life and Death, Singer writes:
Human babies are not born self-aware or capable of grasping their lives over time. They are not persons. Hence their lives would seem to be no more worthy of protection that the life of a fetus.
The website of the Women Deliver conference states that its purpose is the “health and empowerment of girls and women…because the most valuable investment is one in girls and women.” The conference reportedly hopes to “serve as a global platform for ensuring that the health and rights of girls and women remain top priorities now, and for decades to come.”