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Gates Foundation Continues Work on New Birth Control Microchip

What if it were possible for women to be implanted with a hormone-emitting microchip, through which their fertility could be controlled wirelessly, via remote control, at will?


While the idea may be reminiscent of something out of a bad science fiction movie, such a device is, supposedly, currently in development.

And if Bill Gates has his way, the day when women are implanted with the microchip might not be too far off.

It’s been four years now since the influential founder of Microsoft--and ardent proponent of population control--announced plans for the development of a human microchip designed to deliver birth control to women. Measuring just 20 mm x 20 mm x 7mm, the tiny chip would be implanted under the skin, and automatically deliver a daily 30 microgram dose of the hormone levonorgestrol, via controlled release.

If a woman decides at some point that she would like to conceive a child, she is said to be able to deactivate the device with a remote control.

The microchip is designed to prevent pregnancy for up to 16 years.

People familiar with the work of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will not be surprised to learn that the wirelessly-controlled contraception device was purportedly Bill Gates’ idea. During Gates’ 2014 visit to an MIT laboratory, Bill asked if the microchip originally designed in the 1990s to deliver drugs to osteoperosis patients might also be developed into a long-term birth control plan. The company microCHIPS stepped up to the plate.


The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has a long history of advocating for population control, particularly in developing countries.

According to the foundation’s website, it is apparently a problem that “less than 20% of women in Sub-Saharan Africa use modern contraceptives”. They go on to list the purported benefits of sterilizing large swathes of African women--which apparently include, for every dollar spent on family planning, saving “governments up to 6 dollars that can be spent on improving health, housing, water, sanitation, and other public services.”

Bill and Melinda Gates “are particularly committed to exploring how our family planning efforts can meet the needs of young women and girls.”

Presumably, the birth control microchip is still being tested. Though where, and by whom, remains largely a mystery. The question is troubling, especially considering the Gates’ ongoing interest in vulnerable, impoverished nations. It is also yet unknown how the device is performing, and how much longer before it gains FDA-approval and becomes available to women in America.

Concerns have also been raised regarding the wireless nature of the hormone delivery system--does it open the door for potential tampering? Will outsiders, hoping to save governments money or simply control the population, be able to determine the fertility of countless women? So far, all that is known is that doctors will allegedly be able to control the device remotely. And although it appears the device will be encrypted, it remains to be seen just how secure it is. 


There is still no word about the US release of the revolutionary new form of contraception, which was due out this year.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged upwards of $15 million in grant money towards the project.

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