«The Gates Foundation for example, is strongly “pro-life,” which is one of the strongest arguments I can think of, for why philanthropists should instead be taxed and the funds they would have spent on their conception of the public good dispersed through democratic means, rather than allowing the personal opinions of an individual become de facto healthcare policy.»
I really like this blog post by @bgcarlisle.

@kensanata @bgcarlisle And if the democratic majority was “pro-life” while Gates Foundation being “anti-life”, would it be an argument for not taxing philanthropists’ property?

@KrzysiekJ @kensanata Please read the rest of the linked post, in which the point of that quote, which you have embarrassingly missed, is explained

In the future, please consider not jumping into a stranger's mentions in order to get on your favourite hobby-horse or be contrarian

@bgcarlisle @kensanata Just assumed that if this kind of quote is made, then it probably shouldn’t need broader context to stand in a discussion.

The two mentions were the default behaviour of my Mastodon client and I don’t consider this wrong in these circumstances.

@bgcarlisle What's your source for BMGF being pro-life?

The pro-lifers don't seem to think so:

"Much has been made of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s investment in African charities, but a closer inspection yields something less of a true philanthropic effort to save lives, and more of an effort to advance family planning and abortion. And this pro-abortion, utilitarian worldview was cultivated in Bill Gates III from a young age."


@bgcarlisle See also the BMGF's own statements:

"The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Family Planning program is working to bring access to high-quality contraceptive information, services, and supplies to an additional 120 million women and girls in the poorest countries by 2020 without coercion or discrimination, with the longer-term goal of universal access to voluntary family planning."

... which carefully avoids the A-word, but talk all around it.


@bgcarlisle And again. a pro-life source:

"While Gates Foundation funds cannot be earmarked for abortion, the fungibility of money makes it easier for these organizations to provide abortion internationally. In other words, every dollar the Gates Foundation gives to Planned Parenthood for distributing birth control or building an abortion-friendly clinic frees up a dollar in Planned Parenthood’s budget to spend elsewhere."


@bgcarlisle From the same (pro-life) source:

> The Gates family has long been intertwined with Planned Parenthood. In a 2003 interview with Bill Moyers, Bill Gates recalled, “When I was growing up, my parents were almost involved in various volunteer things. My dad was head of Planned Parenthood. And it was very controversial to be involved with that.....”


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