I know Alan dealt with here a few days ago, but it is something that has been particularly on my mind, and I see a couple aspects of it in a different way.
Bill Gates is stepping down from Microsoft to devote himself to his charitable foundation. Shortly after that, Warren Buffet, the second richest man in the world, put in motion an operation that will move appx. $37 billion to the already well established Gates Foundation.
In many ways, this could be seen as a good thing. Men of tremendous wealth, energy, and entrepreneurial insight have dedicated their resources to "make a difference" in the world. There is no precedent for this in the (notorious)history of finance, philanthropy, and business.
The Gates Foundation has done some good work in the areas of poverty and disaster relief. However, there is another aspect to this groups activities which we must object to. Population control, and abortion rights/access have also been recipients of the Gates' charity. Warren Buffet was also a key individual in funding the development of RU486.
To fully grasp the consequences of this action, let us put this in other terms. The two richest men in the world have pooled their resources, in good faith, to promote a plan of eugenics. Im certain that NGOs who work in population control efforts will be the recipients of most of these funds. I wonder what Chesterton would think of this conglomeration of big government and big business? Few seem to think much of it at all.
The end result is that no matter how eloquent the reasoning of the pro life position,(Why even call it a position?) irregardless of the legal gymnastics needed to keep the culture of death afloat, no matter how easily it can be shown how contraception and abortion destroy societies and individuals, the pro abort, culture of death side now has more funding and resources than could possibly be mustered against it.
I predict a couple things out of this. I think somehow the South Dakota abortion ban is going to be fought with funds ultimately traced back to this source. I also predict some very shallow, condescending reporting that is going to compare the good work of Bill Gates with that of Mother Teresa, and drawing a moral equivalency between them.
At least it is still free to think.