I found this video on the TED Talks website, and I think it sums up the contraception issue pretty well. Melinda Gates, the wife of Microsoft’s Bill Gates, gives a very reasoned defense of the need for birth control. It is about personal health, and the power to choose your own way. It’s also about helping people stay out of the vicious cycle of poverty.
Here is a great quote from her talk:
If we’re going to make progress on this issue [of contraception], we have to be really clear about what our agenda is. We’re not talking about abortion. We’re not talking about population control. What I’m talking about is giving women the power to save their lives, to save their children’s lives and to give their families the best possible future.
If you would like to watch the whole thing, I’ve embedded it below.