The great irony, of course, is that many abortions could be avoided with access to contraception. Any true Catholic who is interested in preventing abortions understands, as I have argued that "Prophylactics are Pro-life". Indeed, the Gates Foundation does not give money to support abortion, but they do support family planning through other mechanisms, including the use of existing contraception technology, and the development of even better technologies in the future.
Mrs. Gates should be doubly-commended, not only for her commitment to doing great good for the world through her foundation, but also for having the courage to stand up to the fanatic elements in her own church who still teach the error of anti-contraceptionism.
Of course, this is still an organization that will not accept women in the priesthood. As some have pointed out, if the church doesn't want to accept women into the priesthood, perhaps they should stop baptizing and confirming them. If they are too unclean for the priesthood, perhaps they should stop allowing them to receive communion.
One day the Vatican will ordain women as priests, and one day they will accept contraception, and on that day they will deny that they ever taught any differently. However, until then, Catholic women are playing their part exactly right by simply ignoring the ridiculous patriarchial nonsense. They are showing, yet again, that the church membership itself, not the self-appointed "leaders", actually defines what it means to be Catholic and that definition now effectively is one that uses contraception, just like any other Protestant denomination.