Yesterday, the Perot Foundation of Dallas Texas announced it would donate one million dollars to Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas. The gift was specified as undesignated, meaning that the funds can be applied however Planned Parenthood sees fit. The Perot Foundation has long been a supporter of women’s health issues in Texas, having donated to Planned Parenthood for more than twenty years and established the Margot Perot Center for Women and Infants. The Perot Foundation was founded by Texan businessman and former Presidential candidate Ross Perot.
In a statement issued through Planned Parenthood, Margot Perot said “For nearly 100 years Planned Parenthood has helped to educate men and women regarding family planning and general family health. 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.”
The CEO of Planned Parenthood of North Texas thanked the Foundation, saying in a statement “We are thrilled that this generous gift will enable us to continue providing basic, preventive health care. Thanks to the generosity of The Perot Foundation and other community members, Planned Parenthood is proud to be here for the Texans who count on us, no matter what.”
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