Ross Perot just donated $1 million to Planned Parenthood
Thousands of women have lost access to vital healthcare since Texas dismantled its Medicaid-funded Women's Health Program in 2011 because Planned Parenthood acted as a service provider under the program. As a result of these cuts, and the persistent targeting of reproductive health clinics by anti-choice lawmakers, many clinics have been forced to close in recent years, leaving Texas women without low- and no-cost options for reproductive healthcare.
Enter: Ross Perot.
The Perot Foundation of Dallas, which was founded by the billionaire and former presidential candidate, announced this week that it would be donating $1 million to the beleaguered women's health provider 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."