Since Texas dismantled its Medicaid-funded Women’s Health Program in 2011 because Planned Parenthood was a program service provider, thousands of women across the state have lost access to affordable health services.
Continued cuts and anti-choice legislation in the state are forcing more reproductive health clinics to shut down.
But last week, The Perot Foundation of Dallas, founded by billionaire and former presidential candidate Ross Perot, donated $1 million to Planned Parenthood to help serve the women of Texas.
“For nearly 100 years Planned Parenthood has helped to educate men and women regarding family planning and general family health,” said Margot Perot in a written statement. “Our family has supported this nonprofit for many years because we are impressed with the work they do — providing birth control; scientifically based education; breast health exams; and basic, life-saving healthcare for women who cannot afford services otherwise.”
“We also recognize the need to further inform the public of the mission of this great organization and the need to support it at this critical time,” she wrote.
The foundation has been donating to Planned Parenthood for more than 20 years, and founded the Margot Perot Center for Women and Infants.
The should help some of you to understand what geezers like me are talking about when we refer to traditional American conservatives. They have little or nothing to do with what today’s neo-con-infested Republican Party has become. The scumbag Tea Party which functions as a front for both Birch Society right wingers and more ordinary racists wouldn’t have a clue what the Perots are about.
I have kin who walked away from the Republican Party after 50 years of loyalty because it has become a nest of vipers ranging from religious nutballs like Rick Perry to hate-filled thugs like Ted Cruz, the Texas Twins. I only had to mention the donation from the Perot family and the conversation lit up with reminiscence of former conservatives who fought for civil rights, who cared enough for the natural wonders of America to support conservation.
Days gone but not forgotten.