There’s no question in my mind Bill Gates can run a software corporation. Because of his work, I can type this blog with ease. However, being a software guru doesn’t come with a medical ethics degree and we need to be careful we don’t look to our celebrity gurus of any sort to guide our decisions in the arena of Life.
Gates proposed a plan
at the November health Summit, which would register every birth in the world and then put these names into an electronic database to ensure each baby is vaccinated. This, he asserts, will actually help reduce the population because when infant mortality levels are high, parents have more children. His suggestion includes a sort of electronic tracking system:
Vaccines will be the key. If you could register every birth on a cell phone—get fingerprints, get a location—then you could [set up] systems to make sure the immunizations happen.
Gates likens this tracking to a simple “patient reminder.”
“When I think about the biggest impacts, I think about patient reminders,” Gates said, implying that the GPS devices inside cell phones could be used to track and “remind” parents who do not bring their children in for vaccines. (LifeSite News)
You can read the text of the original interview here
a Gates adds to his reminder idea:
Other impacts could include patient reminders, such as with Tb drugs. This would even be beneficial in rich countries. Improving the supply chain, so vaccine stock is more consistently available would be another benefit. There is a project in India to fingerprint people, we want to make this into a birth registration system.
While Gates’ proposals may sound admirable from a humanitarian point of view, it cannot be emphasized enough that some of these ideas are plain dangerous. We have reported extensively in Moral Outcry on vaccines and some of the concerns. LifeSite News concludes its piece on Gates with this concern:
The relationship between vaccinations and population control has a sinister history. In the past, vaccination programs have been covertly used to sterilize women.
In 1995, the Supreme Court of the Philippines found that vaccines used in a UNICEF anti-tetanus vaccination program contained B-hCG, which, when given in a vaccine, permanently destroys women’s ability to sustain a pregnancy. Approximately three million women had already been given the vaccine.
In 2004, a UNICEF campaign to vaccinate Nigeria’s youth against polio was suspected of being a front for sterilizing the nation. Dr. Haruna Kaita, a pharmaceutical scientist and Dean of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, northern Nigeria, found evidence of serious contamination. “Some of the things we discovered in the vaccines are harmful, toxic; some have direct effects on the human reproductive system,” Dr. Kaita said.
At least four other developing countries have reported finding B-hCG in vaccines obtained from UN agencies. (Source)
Mobile technology is a wonderful thing, allowing us greater freedom and mobility, but it’s not something that should be used to track and remind people about vaccinations. This choice is one that parents need to make and no societal overseers should be given power to force parents into any decisions.
Gates asserts that his opinions are for the well-being of our world because healthy people don’t have too many babies.
If you’re healthy, you’re low-population growth. As the world goes from 6 billion to 9 billion, all that growth will be in urban slums, not in rich cities or rural areas. So, slums are a growth business.
By Gates’ estimation healthy people who can afford children don’t have lots of them. There’s one problem with that reasoning, however. It never takes into account people like us, people who are pro-life, pro-child and pro-adoption. I think I have more friends with 6 or 7 children than I do 1 or 2. And these kids are healthy, well-adjusted, wanted and loved. And that’s precisely why a man who runs a software corporation and some philanthropic foundation should stick to what he does well, and let those who are having and raising children make their own decisions.
We also have a right to choose, and we choose not to be monitored by Big Brother.