Melinda Gates Challenges Vatican on Contraception

A godfearing FrontBurnervian points us to this Guardian story about Melinda Gates’ declaration that she is dedicating her life to improving women’s health — especially working to make contraception more readily available. Gates, who is Catholic, said:

“A church is made up of its members, and one of the things this campaign might do is help women speak out. I’ve had thousands of women come on to websites and say, ‘I’m a Catholic, but I believe in contraception.’ It’s going to be women voting with their feet.”

Her decision to take up this fight publicly was a difficult one, she said.

“Of course I wrestled with this. As a Catholic I believe in this religion … but I also have to think about how we keep women alive. I believe in not letting women die, I believe in not letting babies die, and to me that’s more important than arguing about what method of contraception [is right].”

Gates is a graduate of the Ursuline Academy of Dallas, which should be proud of its brave alumna.

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