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What is it about our elite culture that is so fixated on contraception? Over at Public Discourse , Greg Pfundstein and Meghan Grizzle report on the latest decision by the Gates Foundation to put more than $4 billion behind efforts to expand the use of contraceptives worldwide.

As they point out, increases in general education and economic development are strongly correlated to family planning, not the availability of contraceptive technology. But our age loves the idea that life’s difficulties can be solved by technology. Democracy? The internet and cell phones will provide it. Women’s health and empowerment? The Pill will do the trick.

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