I have wanted to tell her that, according to the FDA, the women that she is trying to help “may lose significant bone mineral density,” may suffer “serious thrombotic events (blood clots),” “cardiac arrest and stroke,” “breast cancer,” “ectopic pregnancy,” “depression, irritability, and mood swings,” “bleeding irregularities,” “excessive weight gain”… The list goes on and on and on..
I have wanted to tell her that the women themselves want clean drinking water and help with the tropical diseases that are killing their children—not contraceptives.
I have wanted to tell her that Depo-Provera, like all powerful, steroid-based artificial hormones, is an abortifacient, so that she is not merely with her megabucks preventing souls from coming into existence, but is sending them prematurely back to the Father.
I have wanted to tell her that Natural Family Planning works brilliantly, how it is an all-natural method with no side effects, and how it is being practiced by an increasing number of African women. “One-quarter of all the women of childbearing age in the country of Burkina Faso use NFP, Melinda,” I imagine myself telling her.
I have (sigh) come close.
Through a priest friend, whom I will call Father B, I even managed to reach out to her parish priest, hoping that he would introduce me to his most famous parishioner. But he refused to perform the introduction when he learned what I wanted to talk to Melinda Gates about: Humanae Vitae and the dangers of hormonal contraception.
“I don’t agree with you or Mr. Mosher on the question of birth control.”
Of course, his real problem—which is shared by his parishioner, Melinda Gates—was not with Father B or me. Their dispute is with the One, Holy, and Catholic Church, which has rightly declared that artificial contraception and sterilization are immoral.
Which is clearly a much graver issue than merely disagreeing with me.
Steven W. Mosher is the President of the Population Research Institute and the author of Population Control: Real Costs, Illusory Benefits.