The billionaire philanthropist Melinda Gates,
a practising Catholic, has thrown down the gauntlet to the Vatican and
vowed to dedicate the rest of her life to improving access to
contraception across the globe.
Gates, who with her husband, Bill,
the founder of Microsoft, is one of the world's biggest players on
development issues, predicted that women in Africa and Asia would soon
be "voting with their feet", as women in the west have done, and would
ignore the church's ban on artificial birth control.
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