[quote=The Barrister]From Focus on the Family
Microsoft magnate Bill Gates has given the largest gift ever to the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)-nearly $9 million to the pro-abortion group.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation boasts a $21 billion endowment, distributing grants in excess of $2 billion annually. And every year, the amount the foundation donates to the London-based IPPF grows. Gates gave $1.7 million in 1998, $3 million in 1999 and now, in 2000, $8.8 million. The latest grant will be spread over five years.
“International Planned Parenthood Federation is an especially controversial organization because they are deeply involved in China’s one-child [per family] policy,” said Wendy Wright of Concerned Women for America. “They not only help direct it, they help fund it, and their hands are everywhere in it.”
Edward Szymkowiak of the American Life League said the contribution is further complicated by the fact that tens of millions of people use software and peripherals manufactured by Gates’ Microsoft Corp.
“A lot of us use Bill Gates’ products, so I suppose you could make the argument that we’re giving Bill Gates money to use his products, and Bill Gates is using that money to fund Planned Parenthood,” Szymkowiak said.
Christian computing experts say that to Gates’ credit, Microsoft makes software available to churches and other nonprofit groups at a steep discount. Yet more than $87 million of Gates Foundation money goes to population-control groups around the world.
“That’s a sad fact of life in a culture of death,” Szymkowiak said.
Stuart Shepard, Family News in Focus
The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation was headed by Bill Gates Sr. (THE Bill’s father) Bill Sr. is a noted beliver in population control.
Melinda Gates, however is a practicing Catholic. In late 2002, she overrode her Father in Law’s grant choices and has taken a more active role in ensuring the morality of the Grants.
In addition, as a technical point, the B&M Gates Foundation’s endowment came from the sale of Microsoft stock into a diversified Trust. As the stock involved has already been sold, there is no finacial relationship between Microsoft as a corporation and the Gates Foundation. A rise in the stock price of MSFT stock provides no financial benefit to the Gates Foundation
The remaining moral issue with Microsoft as a corporation is that it offers health care benfits to same sex partners. This would be a hard one to avoid, as all the major Linux distros, plus IBM, HP and Apple do the same.
Apple and the Linux distros also have the problem in that their political donations tend to heavily favor pro-choice canidates. This has not been the case with Microsoft since Janet Reno