Behind the scenes

ugly peopleWe’re Increasingly concerned that money behind the scenes is disproportionately influencing politics and other aspects of our lives. And rightly so.

But the flipside is that some activities supported by money behind the scenes are making lives better.

Sentences to ponder:

Quietly, steadily, the Buffett family is funding the biggest shift in birth control in a generation.

It’s economic. (Warren Buffett) thinks that unless women can control their fertility-and that it’s basically their right to control their fertility-that you are sort of wasting more than half of the brainpower in the United States. Well, not just the United States. Worldwide.

Money from the Buffett foundation funded a birth control program for young women in Colorado with the result that the teen birthrate dropped 40% from 2009 to 2013, and the teen abortion rate was down by more than a third. Backing family planning saves money.

The foundation also funded developing a low-cost, effective IUD that can last up to three years. This April, Liletta, the low-cost IUD, became available… costing public clinics just $50 and wouldn’t require foundation funding in perpetuity.

The sentences in italics were excerpted from a Bloomberg article, you can read the whole piece here.