Bush Daughter to Headline Texas Planned Parenthood Fundraiser

FORT WORTH, Texas — Barbara Pierce Bush, the daughter of former President George W. Bush, is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the annual luncheon for Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas on Wednesday.

Last June, in an interview with the New York Times, Bush called Planned Parenthood an “exceptional organization,” as she partners with the abortion and contraceptive giant through her non-profit organization Global Health Corps, which “mobilizes a global community of young leaders to build the movement for health equity.”

“Every day I’m privileged to be part of a community bound by the belief that health is a human right. Our ability to dream big, to ignore the status quo, and to achieve results will ensure that by working together every woman, man, and child has the opportunity to live a healthy life,” Bush states of her mission on her Corps website.

The site lists Planned Parenthood as being a partner in Uganda, as well as in Zambia. Global Health Corps additionally partners with the Planned Parenthood Federation of America for its work in the states.

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards told BuzzFeed on Saturday that it is “really exciting” that Bush will be headlining the Fort Worth fundraiser.

“It’s huge, and such a diverse crowd, a lot of elected officials, a lot of Republican sort of first families,” she stated. “I don’t know if she’s ever spoke at any [Planned Parenthood] event before.”

While Bush’s father has been known to identify as pro-life with exceptions, her mother has stated on several occasions that she believes abortion should remain legal—although she supports the idea of reducing the number of terminations.

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“[We should do] what we can to limit the number of abortions, to try to reduce the number of abortions in a lot of ways, and that is by talking about responsibility with girls and boys, by teaching abstinence—having abstinence classes everywhere in schools and in churches and in Sunday school,” Laura Bush told NBC’s “Today Show” in 2001.

“We are a nation of different generations and beliefs, seeing issues through different eras and different eyes. While cherishing life, I have always believed that abortion is a private decision, and there, no one can walk in anyone else’s shoes,” she also outlined in her 2010 memoir “Spoken From the Heart.”

Barbara Bush told the New York Times last June in an interview alongside Planned Parenthood’s president that her family agrees on the issue of same-sex “marriage,” however. The outlet noted that Bush had participated in a public service announcement for “marriage equality.”

“[T]he narrative was that I was breaking with my father. But I had talked to my dad about doing it, and he was very supportive,” Bush said. “But my parents raised us to use our voices for issues we care about, and I feel strongly about marriage equality.”

Bush attended an event last year supporting Hillary Clinton’s run for the presidency.

Tickets for the Planned Parenthood fundraiser start at $150.

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