Melinda Gates Proves Being Catholic Doesn’t Always Mean Being “Anti-Contraception” [VIDEO]
12:30 pm, July 9th | by Amy Tennery
Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is on a mission to provide women the world over with access to affordable contraception. But while she’s a noted humanitarian, Gates explained in a recent interview with CNN that her background didn’t necessarily make her an obvious candidate for this cause.
In a sit-down interview with CNN, Gates explained how she balances her strict Catholic upbringing with her intense desire to make affordable contraception available to more women and families. While her religious roots would seem at odds with her contraception campaign (in fact, she’s already gotten some flack from some religious outlets), Gates argued that she had an “incredible social justice upbringing” that drives her. “So, we’re not going to agree on everything,” Gates explained, “but that’s okay.” Well put.
Gates, whose foundation is headlining a family planning summit in London July 11, explained (in an accompanying piece she penned for CNN on the issue) that access to contraception, particularly in developing countries, is vitally important:
Tragically, there are too many places where this virtuous cycle of social and economic development isn’t happening. Nearly 13 million adolescent girls give birth each year in developing countries, typically before they are physically, emotionally or economically prepared. And when girls delay childbearing until their 20s, they are more likely to stay in school. Women who have been educated are likely to marry later, have healthier families and be able to invest in their children’s education.
Watch her interview below, and head over to CNN to read her full essay.