In an op-ed piece published last week in National Geographic , a Melinda Gates birth control pledge was reiterated. The wife of tech magnate Bill Gates reinforced the bold statement on birth control that she had ignited in 2012: She wants to provide contraceptive options to 120 million women around the globe by 2020.
“In the decade and a half since Bill and I started our foundation, I’ve heard from women all over the world about how important contraceptives are to their ability to take charge of their futures,” she wrote. “When women are able to plan their pregnancies around their goals for themselves and their families, they are also better able to finish their education, earn an income, and fully participate in their communities.”
The issue has been on the top of Gates’s agenda since 2012, when she cochaired the Family Planning 2020 summit, a global event that brought leaders …