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July 6th, 2012
05:20 PM ET

Overheard: Contraceptives and Catholicism

Editor's note: Watch more of Dr. Sanjay Gupta's interview with Melinda Gates on Sanjay Gupta MD on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. ET and Sunday at 7:30 a.m. ET.

Melinda Gates' response to the controversy surrounding her contraception program generated a flood of comments on CNN.com.

Many readers expressed support for Gates' work toward providing contraceptives to millions of women worldwide, especially in areas with high infant mortality and not a lot of contraception use.

"She is obviously a smart woman who understands how important it is for children to grow up in an environment where they are wanted and loved and receive enough parental attention. My hat is off to Melinda Gates," writes commenter PhyllisNorth. And ironman59 applauded the efforts of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for trying to "make it a better world for mankind."

Supporters of Gates' efforts included readers who identified themselves as Catholic, such as Ellerbee, who wrote, "The Church Fathers need to spend some time in the trenches, finding out what life is actually like for most of the world's population."

But there were also readers who do not believe in what Gates is doing. Reader commonesnes called her a hypocrite, writing, "Melinda refuses to admit that she not only is committing but also is promoting sin by others and in fact is encouraging it and glorifying it."

remmett70 criticized the contraception program on non-religious grounds, writing, "Dumping a load of rice in a village, doesn't help them provide for themselves. Giving contraception doesn't change the problem, it only masks it."

Threads of conversation turned against Catholicism, the Catholic church and the Vatican, making references to scandals involving priests and pedophilia.

But lgny points out that it's the Catholic bloggers who have openly criticized Gates, not the clergy. "Bloggers are hardly the official spokespeople for any group!"

What do you think about Melinda Gates' plan to distribute contraception in poor parts of the world? Share your thoughts below.


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  1. gammalyb

    Right, Melinda. It is about priorities also, not only about the Bishops' theology or doctrine. Their doctrin might be right, or wrong. That depends on how you view the origins of theologicasl thinking. But as to priorities in the world today, let's just consider the millions starving, suffering peoples, the millions of displaced efees, the down trodden, and so on. Yet the RCC spends so much energy on right to life, and on contraception doctrine!. It is unconcienable to people who can calculate Figures of Merit, Cost Benefit Ratios, etc. God is NOt a saddist. He will NOT prefere the priorities of the RCC. that is my sincere opinion. Let's pray the RCC will get the message that God is love, and that love makes the world go around, and forgives all.

    July 6, 2012 at 18:25 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Gerald

      Thank you for your superior knowledge of God. I guess you get divine revelation every day. Proverbs says "trust not in your own understanding". But you seem to be above that. Good luck in eternity telling God how he should behave and that life just isn't that valuable after all.

      July 7, 2012 at 09:28 | Report abuse |
    • sam stone

      gerald: don't you claim to have superior knowledge of god? and, do you really think that blathering empty proxy threats is convincing?

      July 10, 2012 at 03:20 | Report abuse |
    • chief

      re gerald.... another typical elitist, have fun in hell comment by one of the taliban of the catholic church....

      July 10, 2012 at 06:39 | Report abuse |
    • gerald

      Sam, I don't claim anything except what he has revealed through his Church. He says in Jerimiah – I will give you shepherds after my own heart who will provide you with knowledge and understanding.

      July 10, 2012 at 09:14 | Report abuse |
    • gerald

      Coming from another elitist I consider that a compliment chiefy. :)

      July 10, 2012 at 09:15 | Report abuse |
    • chief

      re gerald the priest.... whhat a great clip selection of a bible verse to support your pathetic cause.... your fun in hell overview shows just how twisted your beliefs are....... btw priest.... His Church isnt the catholic church.... its His Church .... you can twist all the verses you want and support all the peds you want and laugh at peoples eternity all you want.... but your twisted

      July 10, 2012 at 13:07 | Report abuse |
    • gerald

      I don't laugh at people's eternity and you do bear false witness. According to the 10 commandments it would seem that's above a ped since being a ped doesn't get mention in them.

      July 10, 2012 at 14:36 | Report abuse |
    • chief

      re gerald .... you are a ped or missed a good chance.... using that reference of the 10 commandments shows just how sick you are..... and btw.... you do mock peoples eternity..... i dont .... go to hell ped lover

      July 10, 2012 at 19:53 | Report abuse |
    • gerald

      Chief it has often been said the most guilty of a sin point fingers and wrongly accuse others of it. Perhaps it is you that is the ped.

      July 11, 2012 at 08:50 | Report abuse |
    • chief

      hey gerald.... you minimize the magnitude of child abuse because it wasnt in the 10 commandments..... ped

      July 11, 2012 at 09:39 | Report abuse |
    • gerald

      Chief do you know what the word facetious means? Look it up.

      July 11, 2012 at 12:56 | Report abuse |
    • chief

      re gerald .. you like apples?
      i did look up pedophile and found your picture there
      how you like them apples? problobly not as much as other things i would imagine

      July 11, 2012 at 15:20 | Report abuse |
    • gerald

      Hide behind that keyboard all you like chief. You are definitely a coward.

      July 11, 2012 at 17:05 | Report abuse |
    • chief

      re gerald .... what am i a coward from...... a pedaphile simpathizer? im at geraldthepedlover@yahoo.com .... maybe we can have a coffee or i can bring you a couple of kids

      July 12, 2012 at 00:35 | Report abuse |
  2. cermak_rd

    I see a distinction between making something available, contraception, and forcing it down women's throats. If the Catholic church is against contraception then they can make that case to their parishioners, but why should the religious beliefs of one religion affect anyone else? If the Church can't make its case by persuasion, then perhaps their case is not strong.

    July 6, 2012 at 21:04 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Louise Dotter

      Amen to that cermak_rd, ANY fait that needs the power of the state to enforce its dogma has neither faith or power!

      July 7, 2012 at 01:27 | Report abuse |
    • Gerald

      And just how are they forcing it upon society? By speaking their mind in public?

      July 7, 2012 at 09:29 | Report abuse |
    • Kaylie

      They are forcing it upon the public by telling parishoners to vote the way the Catholic Church approves of.

      July 7, 2012 at 14:40 | Report abuse |
    • chief

      re gerald... speaking their mind in public.... its church dogma, a way of belief, by people just like you who give the all loving choice of believe this or spend an eternity in hell.....

      July 10, 2012 at 06:42 | Report abuse |
    • gerald

      I have not been told by any priest or bishop how to vote on contraception. I have been told what the Churches teaching is on it.

      July 10, 2012 at 09:16 | Report abuse |
    • chief

      but you follow what the church tells you.... your free will ends with whatever your told to believe.... one day they will say contraception is ok and all you fools will say something stupid like it says in Jerimiah – I will give you shepherds after my own heart who will provide you with knowledge and understanding.

      July 10, 2012 at 13:11 | Report abuse |
    • gerald

      Funny thing is chiefy, the Catholic Church HAS NEVER gone back on a moral stand it has taken. Protestant churches do all the time and I am sure you have in your life. The CC has not ever. So no matter how hard people like you will try the gates of hell shall not prevail.

      July 10, 2012 at 14:37 | Report abuse |
    • chief

      thats such a stupid remark... i will let others have at it

      July 10, 2012 at 19:56 | Report abuse |
    • gerald

      You are the xpert on stupid chief.

      July 11, 2012 at 08:49 | Report abuse |
    • chief

      re gerald.... you are correct... i am expert in the area of stupidity.... and i conclude you are stupid, small minded, or a ped due to the comments you post.... and i dont think your small minded

      July 11, 2012 at 09:40 | Report abuse |
    • gerald

      Ah from the expert on stupid we get "your". It's "you are" or "you're" stupid.

      July 11, 2012 at 13:02 | Report abuse |
    • gerald

      By the way I would feel quite justified in kicking you in the balls if you were in person for accusing me over and over of being a ped. But of course you are a coward and hide behind a keyboard. I gave you my address once. I would love to meet a-s-s-h-o-l-e.

      July 11, 2012 at 13:04 | Report abuse |
    • chief

      re gerald..... dont get violent wit me because i dont defend ped priests ..... by the way i lost your address, i figured i am safe even though i am over 15 ....... get a life .... quit defending and deflecting the truth about the ped priest topics and i will remain silent.... else i expose you for what you are.....

      July 11, 2012 at 15:22 | Report abuse |
    • chief

      re gerald .... since your corrected me on "your" for "you are" .... i would like to correct your "kicking" with "licking" since i am sure thats what you meant

      July 11, 2012 at 16:33 | Report abuse |
    • gerald

      And you will remain a coward. As far as being safe chiefy, I'm hardly an 8 year old girl so you wouldn't stand a chance. Though my guess is you'r an old man sitting on a couch, too fat to get up and go to the bathroom, sittin in your mess. Watching TV and eating cheetos when you aren't online.

      July 11, 2012 at 17:03 | Report abuse |
    • chief

      gerald... you had me at a coward.... you forgot that im naked wearing a rosery in a beanbag chair watching reruns of the flying nun .... get me at geraldthepedlover@yahoo.com

      July 12, 2012 at 00:38 | Report abuse |
  3. Patty

    Im all for the church having its opinion. Everyone has a right to one right? What I don't understand about it's position on contraception is that why now, after three decades of this issue being left up to the individuals / parishioners conscience, are they being so absolutely stubborn about it? Back when Vatican II came out it was so vastly un- popular with its parishioners that , afraid people would be leaving the church in droves, priests said that the use of contraceptives was left up to the individuals conscience. Which is the way I believe it should be, since women cannot have unlimited children without eventually suffering some form of complication that would endanger their lives or the lives of their children. Like I said im not put put out that they have an opinion but at the level of which they are protesting it for others . I believe each person has the right under God to make that decision for themselves discreetly without someone in their face telling them no and not stopping there, tries to get it taken out of any legal underwriting language in any official legislation where it is only an option to chose, not an edict to follow. I respect their right to state what the official doctrine is, I don't support their attempts to make these beliefs into laws that everyone MUST follow. To me that is overstepping bounds and it infringes upon others first amendment rights. It's made me mad to watch it unfold because it made me think that they were unfairly trying to push doctrine on everybody whether they wanted it or not. To me you state your case/ what you believe and then you allow others the right to choose if that works for them. That's true freedom of religion.

    July 7, 2012 at 16:11 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Corey

      Why now? Check the record, the Church has always taught against it as has every actually historic religion based off of the God of Abraham (Jews and Muslims). All Christians were united on the issue up until the Lambeth Conference of 1930 which came about by the way in a time of birth control being touted for the purpose of eugenics.

      Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthoold, once said "I think you must agree ... that the campaign for birth control is not merely of eugenic value, but is practically identical with the final aims of eugenics ... Birth control propaganda is thus the entering wedge for the eugenic educator."

      The Catholic Church has always taught against it as a moral evil on several grounds including the abuses of it and the ultimate recognition that birth control alters the view of life to view a child as a disease – something to be prevented – rather than a blessing. It is not up to a popularity vote.

      July 9, 2012 at 15:34 | Report abuse |
    • Kaylie

      Corey, a child is only a blessing to those who want the child. To many others, especially in families where there are already too many mouths to feed and not enough food, a child is truly an unwanted burden. Therefore, birth control prevents unwanted children. Every child deserves to be wanted and to be loved. That is why family planning through use of education and birth control is very important.

      July 9, 2012 at 17:44 | Report abuse |
    • gerald

      Kaylie, I don't know how many women I know who have had children from unplaned and difficult pregnancies who still say the child is a blessing when they have chosen to have it. THe child is only not a blessing when the blessing is not realized and is rejected.

      July 10, 2012 at 09:18 | Report abuse |
    • chief

      re gerald...... that is such a small percentage it should be acknowledged as viable, there are many other women that dont fall into the same blessing catagory as you descibe....... smells just like the ped priest arguement you throw out to divert from the topic .... right priest....

      July 10, 2012 at 14:33 | Report abuse |
    • gerald

      Chief,

      The sky is blue.

      July 10, 2012 at 16:42 | Report abuse |
    • chief

      ha ha .... thats one think you have right gerald the ped priest protector.... the sky is blue ..... that is unless the vatican changes its color...

      July 10, 2012 at 19:57 | Report abuse |
  4. jane goldberg

    you can supply the poor countries with the device and leave it up to the individual (not force them) to use contraceptives or not
    I suppose educating people is the key and then allowing them to make up their own mind This sight is always so informative.-my favorite

    July 7, 2012 at 17:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. rita

    The sad part is the ignorance of women regarding the effects of chemical birth contriol. Regardiing the Church, any Christian should be in agreement.We can read the first book of the bible to see God's view..remember a guy named Onan...maybe not..he had a brief part cause he was killed for what? Oh, yeah, birth control. ((:

    July 7, 2012 at 17:41 | Report abuse | Reply
    • joy

      But I don't happen to believe in your God or your Bible.

      July 9, 2012 at 15:48 | Report abuse |
    • Kaylie

      No, he was killed for spilling his seed on the ground when your god supposedly commanded him to take his dead brother's wife as his own.

      Besides, I don't believe in your god. Why should I live by your bible?

      July 9, 2012 at 17:56 | Report abuse |
    • packingabox

      What does that have to do with the effects of chemical birth control...?

      July 11, 2012 at 02:46 | Report abuse |
  6. Jane O'Grady

    I belief Melinda Gates is a profit on this issue. She has been to places and served people who most of us cannot even imagine. She has studied the issues and educated those who believe they have no options to plan their family size and feed the children they already have. Melinda is committed to making a difference for the women (and men) in today's world. In the end, use of contraception is up to each individual's conscience. Hooray for Melinda Gates and the courage she has to speak out, give and raise funds, and stand tall on this controversial issue.

    July 7, 2012 at 20:25 | Report abuse | Reply
    • sam stone

      "Profit"? Was that intentional?

      July 10, 2012 at 03:22 | Report abuse |
  7. Cindy

    The last thing I worry about is the Catholic Church. Its a bunch of old men who hoard money in the name of GOD. They line their pockets with gold while starving, orphaned children beg for food outside their city of gold. Vatican city is surrounded by starving, homeless, orphaned children. Lately then are so anti-woman that they are even criticizing their own nuns for being too supportive of the women in their areas. There is clearly no place in the Catholic Church for women. Why waste our time worrying what these old men think? Our time would be better spent encouraging people to redirect their donations to more useful organizations.

    July 8, 2012 at 01:13 | Report abuse | Reply
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    July 8, 2012 at 11:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Fred

    Between the Holy Wars, the Inquisition partying with Nazis in WW2 and the past present and future pedophile scandal. Who on earth thinks that the hierarchy of the Catholic Church is the moral authority on anything?

    July 8, 2012 at 12:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Mary Nelson

    Melinda Gates is a very articulate spokeswoman for the majority of catholic lay woman in this country. I applaud all her efforts and pray that the priests and bishops will try at least to listen to her. Many of us that also have a strong faith in God and our proud to be Catholics are embarrassed by our Bishops and priests interjecting politics in our church.

    July 8, 2012 at 16:53 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Lauralee

      I could not have said it better. Thank you.

      July 9, 2012 at 10:54 | Report abuse |
    • Marvin McConoughey

      Ms. Gates is one of the few leaders today who are making a significant contribution to a better future for humankind. As a Catholic, she more authentically represents her religion than do those who have attained high-prestige positions of power and privilege in the church. She is a heroine for the ages.

      September 13, 2012 at 22:44 | Report abuse |
  11. Jorge Sedano

    This lady is a fake just like Gupta..

    July 8, 2012 at 20:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. jphbphd

    I am certain there are a majority of Catholics (US) that take their faith seriously. While I do not agree with Catholic dogma, doctrine, or right beliefs, I respect those who do. However, the Vatican is simply out of touch. A completely male, celebate at that, heirarchy built on one simple reality that allows it to hold sway on women's reproductive health issues, including contraception. And that one reality is FEAR. Fear of death, fear of judgment, fear of hell, fear of eternal damnation, fear of everything represented so horrifically in Dante's Inferno and Milton's Paradise Lost. In many ways, it is fear that motivates persons of good intentions to surrender their autonomy and good faith to those who seek nothing more than absolute control over one's life.

    The Gates Foundation is doing good work in the area of women's reproductive health...work that must be done for the sake of the disenfranchised and poor women throughout the world; moreover, the work must be done in order to provide some small assurance that this majestic place we call earth will last for many more centuries. Otherwise, the planet's resources will not be sufficient to ensure a quality life for humanity (if such quality is even feasible for the vast majority of persons).

    "Right practice" trumps "right belief!" Stop worrying about the hereafter; no one can be certain that there is a God or that life after death is a fact. A bit less arrogance, a bit more thoughtful reflection, and a lot more "right practice" (including the Foundation's efforts) will go a long, long way in helping us help each other. Practice that serves the larger interests of the global community is both ethical and extraordinarily wise.

    July 9, 2012 at 14:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Veronica

    My Mother spent our childhood telling us that if we were ever in trouble, go to the local priest. When she went to the parish priest at 9:00 PM at night to see him she was turned away & told it was too late, come back tomorrow. Then she came to my house & asked me to pray on my knees with her. I could tell something was wrong, but not what. In the morning I awoke to see her covered in blood after she tried to kill herself. Sugar shock. She had fasted for a Catholic holiday & then ate a pan of brownies. When I got married, the priest was drunk. When we were homeless with our baby we went to the priest & he said sorry can't help you go on welfare. That is the Catholic Church for you. So I believe I can talk to God & not have to do it through a man who may be abusing little boys on top of everything else. Birth control is the biggest liberator of women & that is what they are afraid of. That we will start to think for ourselves.

    July 9, 2012 at 15:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. doris

    I am a practicing Catholics & I wholeheartedly agree with Melinda Gates. Birth control and abortions are a truly private matter for each family. No one has told families how to take care of their children, how to feed them etc. The church needs to set their priorities in trying to find out why there are so.... many empty pews and become more revelant in what is going
    on in this century. Also their stance on Obama Health Care is ridiculous. Thank you Melinda Gates

    July 9, 2012 at 15:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Emily

    Yes, you have "the power to plan if and when to have a child" by choosing whether or not to have sex.
    Suggesting otherwise implies that pill users find rape to be acceptable.

    FACT: The Wold Health Organization has put out a very clear statement that combined hormonal oral contraceptives are “carcinogenic to humans” (Group 1).
    http://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/topics/ageing/cocs_hrt_statement.pdf

    NO CONTROVERSY?
    On YOUR conscience.

    July 9, 2012 at 15:34 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kaylie

      Excuse me, but your ignorance and stupidity is showing.

      I use the pill, and I don't think rape is acceptable. In fact, I don't think that rape is ever acceptable in any case. Not the rape of a woman, a man, or a child. I don't find the rape of any living being to be acceptable in any way, shape, or form.

      Rape isn't about the se.x. It's about holding power over the victim as well as hurting and humiliating that person.

      July 9, 2012 at 18:10 | Report abuse |
    • Kim

      I read the link you sent.

      Your statement is a little misleading.

      As you pointed out, indirectly here, doctors know about this. It's a known issue, and told to people up front if you choose to use progesterone/estrogen based pills. That's not the only form of birth control out there. In fact, because of this issue - especially for older women, the combined pill increases the risk of several forms of cancer - that's why the "mini-pill" that is progesterone only is getting more common.

      It IS important that people understand that ALL medication has risks. Don't bury your head in the sand. On the other hand, don't condemn categorically until you know all the details, too.

      And for women for whom pregnancy or even their period is dangerous, these medications may be critical. There are plenty of women out there that are on some form of the pill because NOT being on them is a greater medical risk - it has nothing to do with avoiding pregnancy.

      July 10, 2012 at 06:39 | Report abuse |
    • Kate

      Many women are raped, and in some female-hating cultures they are subjected to unwanted sexual relations on a consistent basis. Using contraceptives to ensure no unwanted children is not condoning rape, it is acknowledging the practical needs of women and empowering them.

      July 11, 2012 at 12:32 | Report abuse |
    • Marvin McConoughey

      Emily, I read the link you provided. It found slight risk in older formulations of birth control pills (note the age of data used by the study) , and the study has little relevance to current formulations. Further, the warning seems tepid when compared to the pages of dire warnings and cautions found on most current prescription drugs for the many ailments that afflict people. The lawyers for pharmaceutical drugs ensure that their firms are legally protected by warning against a long list of improbably side effects. Living in a risk-free world might be nice, but it is not our world.

      September 13, 2012 at 22:52 | Report abuse |
  16. Brenda Rowe

    BRAVO Melinda Gates! I will be donating to your foundation. Reading the comments made me realize there are still so many backwards thinking men out there who still don't get the real issue – the real issue is the CHILD. Have they not seen the pictures of starving infants? Do men really think it's better to have millions of little babies who will die from malnutrition, lack of medical care, HIV – the list is endless -– hello GERALD-can you not put aside your moral judgments and try thinking about the CHILDREN born into hopeless conditions? Do you think there is no pain for those children?

    July 9, 2012 at 15:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Philosopher

    How odd. The number of people (including Mrs. Gates) saying "I am a Catholic but I do not agree with Catholic teachings." How many scientologists do not agree with scientology, or Mormons do not agree with Mormonism? First and foremost, to be a Catholic is to believe that Christ left us the Church, to provide us with His teachings: there are those of us who do believe in such teachings, who do believe that one must do everything one can to help, short of doing something wrong, and who have seen, and lived, the beauty of the Church's teachings on married life. It is irrational to make us (or the Church) responsible for the misfortunes of these poor women, simply because we believe what we believe, and will not act against our consciences in this matter. So many people leaping to conclusions about the Church on the basis some bad priest they once knew, or some bad bishop! Use the minds God gave you! Don't blame people for refusing to harm others in an effort to help them!

    July 9, 2012 at 16:44 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Marion K.

      The Church ignored its own best-practices decision making procedures when it came out with a blanket prohibition on the use of artificial means of birth control by married couples. This is an unethical position for a world religion to take. It does not respect the Golden Rule. It is a profoundly unloving doctrine. The dogma that went into it needs to be re-examined if the Church is to be at all honest with itself and true to its mission to live the love of Christ in the world. Women are capable, full moral agents and full human beings and the Creator has entrusted them with decision-making regarding their own bodies and their reproductive capacity, especially in light of meeting their own needs and the needs of the children they already have. A person's rational choice to use birth control, whether it is a man or a woman making it, is their right. The Church would do well to respect the right of conscience. If it continues to deny that it will continue to make decisions that fail to serve the individual and common good. –Another Philosopher

      July 11, 2012 at 03:40 | Report abuse |
  18. Brian from DC

    I just wish that the 98% of Catholics who have practiced birth control but oppose it would all turn purple so that their hypocrisy can be on display.

    July 9, 2012 at 19:38 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Marvin McConoughey

      And the best of tolerance, charity, and kindness to you too.

      September 13, 2012 at 22:54 | Report abuse |
  19. D

    I applaud Patty & Mary Nelson for their prior comments that show wisdom & eloquence. I am a male & lifelong RC, and am appalled by the Church hierarchy in this matter. Their claim of a govt attack on religious freedom shows a lack of logical coherence (esp since most individual RCs practice contraception & do not agree with the church), and shows ignorance of US history. The govt is not forcing any individual to violate religious beliefs.

    July 9, 2012 at 22:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. John Murphy

    Our responsibilities to our planet are to protect its resources so that we can leave behind a viable environment for all living creatures, including mankind. Human population control is obviously a basic tenant to success in achieving this objective. Contreception is one of the strongest tools we have available but without a comprehensive educational adjunct it may not be enough. It is not only women who need to be the sole beneficiary of this education; it is society as a whole, especially the male population.
    Population control should not discriminate against the poor, although they would certainly benefit the most. We must also attempt to sway social stigma against large families, irrespective of religion, wealth etc.

    John Murphy

    July 10, 2012 at 04:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. chief

    catholics feed from a buffet of wives tales, stupidity, pagan rituals, and throw in a Jesus...... they change the rules on the people and hide behind the catachism and call all the changes they inflict church dogma, google Syllabus of Errors with catholic church .....

    July 10, 2012 at 06:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Harry Laufman

    Melinda is courageous to bring this topic to the foreground. On a global scale, overpopulation is a significant part of 90% of our world problems. On a personal scale, control over one's body is a fundamental right.

    July 10, 2012 at 09:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. SP

    The way I see it – Christians, of all kinds, seem interested only in increasing their numbers, even if most are malnourished and barely surviving, and if their birth rendered another human being's health precarious. I am not a Christian. I have been raised to respect all religions. The little that I know of Jesus Christ – he talked about alleviating pain; but I am sure he never siad " inflict pain, and then go and help alleviate it"!! Melinda Gates' efforts at bringing contraceptions to the women in sub-Saharan Africa is reflective of catering to a people who need practical help, and not empty religious words at getting out of the quagmire of impoverishment.

    July 10, 2012 at 13:51 | Report abuse | Reply

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