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Melinda Gates Pledges $560 Million For Contraception 451

Posted by samzenpus
from the greater-good dept.
theodp writes "Melinda Gates has pledged $560 million as part of a campaign to expand access to contraception for women. From the article: 'The funding commitment was unveiled on Wednesday at the London Summit on Family Planning alongside pledges totaling $4.3 billion from the British government and leaders from African nations wrestling with the health and social problems brought on by high rates of unplanned pregnancy.'"
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Melinda Gates Pledges $560 Million For Contraception

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  • by bloodhawk (813939) on Thursday July 12, 2012 @04:30AM (#40625665)
    The sad thing is you're probably serious and worse yet there are plenty of nutjobs in the world that support your view. This charitable donation is a big step forward for the affected people and is definitely a step towards clawing their way out of poverty.
  • Re:False (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 12, 2012 @04:48AM (#40625771)

    There is no stopping the physical and psychological needs of horny teenagers. They are going to do it with or with out a condom. wouldn't you rather give them the option??

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 12, 2012 @04:58AM (#40625817)

    Kidding aside.

    She and her husband continue to show the best side of capitalism.

    Which side is that? The one about a small group of people deciding what to do with wealth that's being produced by the work of a large group of people?

    I'm pretty sure most slave owners had some good gesture at one point in their lives, just as the feudal lords, the kings, and the dictators all over human history.

    I'm sorry but I'm disgusted by your comment as I would be by a slave commenting about the best side of slave ownership being when the owner allows some of the slaves to have a free evening for christmas.

  • by geekymachoman (1261484) on Thursday July 12, 2012 @05:49AM (#40626057)

    Here's an article not related to contraception, but related to Gates foundation. It would be insightful read, since no one bothers anymore to research any topic by himself, before he forms an opinion..

    http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/living-in-dialogue/2012/07/the_gates_foundations_leverage.html [edweek.org]

  • by Tom (822) on Thursday July 12, 2012 @06:28AM (#40626251) Homepage Journal

    Wrong assumption there, buddy. Turns out that poor people give more to charity than rich people [deseretnews.com].

    The Gates are a positive example, among the rich. Relatively speaking, they aren't that much more charitable than the 99%. So your question is addressed at the wrong audience.

  • Wrong assumption there, buddy. Turns out that poor people give more to charity than rich people [deseretnews.com].

    The Gates are a positive example, among the rich. Relatively speaking, they aren't that much more charitable than the 99%. So your question is addressed at the wrong audience.

    That's not true, and the article you link makes it clear that it's not true: the poor give a greater proportion of their wealth to charity, which is different to giving more to charity.

    It's also important to consider who receives the money. The Economist recently had an article analysing charitable giving in America, and found that the majority of charitable giving among non-wealthy people was to religious institutions that they personally attended. I'm loath to suggest that there are different "classes" of charitable giving, but I would also be hesitant to say that it's more generous to give more money but to things more closely connected to yourself.

    As for your relative generosity point, that's surely just bonkers: your link claims that the "99%" give 4% of their income; Gates has given away around 50% of his net worth since 2007, and (according to Wikipedia) has pledged to eventually give away 95%. I don't see how you can look at those figures and arrive at the conclusion that he's not bee much more charitable than the ordinary person.

  • by cusco (717999) <brian@bixby.gmail@com> on Thursday July 12, 2012 @11:25AM (#40628335)
    Gotta love the Libertardians, their ignorance of history is only exceeded by their ignorance of economics. Go back and read some Charles Dickens for a view of the world as you claim it should be run. Ah, the Good Old Days! Damn they were awful.

    I'm confident that we could ensure that people don't die of thirst

    I'm sure you're right, just like in Bolivia where the Santa Cruz water supply was privatized by (IIRC) Bechtel. They jacked up the monthly bill for water higher than most of the people living in the slums made in a month, while reducing the already abysmal service, eliminating much of the maintenance staff as a "cost saving" measure, and breaking ground on a bottled water plant that would have sucked up much of the already limited supply. Eventually the local director of the Aguas de Tunari division had to flee the city in fear of his life

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