Amy Grant vs. the facts: Pro-lifers say her new ally also has an ally

Friday, May 8, 2015
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

A pro-life leader is urging a well-known Christian singer to think twice about partnering with a pro-abortion organization.

Amy Grant, who says she is pro-life, has nonetheless aligned herself with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help promote contraception in Third World countries. The foundation provides millions of dollars to organizations, such as abortion giant International Planned Parenthood. 

Peter West of Human Life International says Grant apparently doesn't understand those connections. 

"Those funds that are used to promote contraception are not separate from the funds that are used to promote abortion," he alleges. "So if you're giving money to an organization that's promoting abortion, those funds will eventually be used in some way to promote abortion."

Grant responded to the criticism with a Facebook post, explaining that "healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies" refers to contraceptives, not abortion.

"Gates Foundation is NOT pro-abortion," Grant wrote, LifeNews.com reported.

In the same story, however, the pro-life website suggested that Grant failed to address that the Gates Foundation donates to pro-abortion causes.

Planned Parenthood building

The Foundation "gave Planned Parenthood of America, the International Planned Parenthood Federation, and Planned Parenthood of Western Washington about $71 million from before 2009 through 2013," the website, citing the foundation's own database, reported.

West says another factor that Grant is missing is that in Third World countries, especially Africa, having children is important.

"They do see that children are truly a gift from God and a treasure," the pro-lifer explains. "And it would be a terrible thing if we go in there with our imperialistic attitude and try to impose our culture on them, which is really an anti-life and anti-child mentality."

West hopes Grant will become better educated and use her name and talents to promote better health care, education and economic development in the same regions. 

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