Over the years, Planned Parenthood has stood strong to fight for women's abortion rights as lawmakers have been pushing to ban the procedure. And Jeff Bezos's former wife just showed her support for their work.
MacKenzie Scott has donated a whopping $275 million towards women’s healthcare provider Planned Parenthood. On Wednesday, the organization revealed that the billionaire philanthropist's contribution is the biggest gift they have received from a single donor in its over 100-year history.
The 51-year-old's donation, which is a part of her pledge to distribute a majority of her enormous wealth, was made to the national office of Planned Parenthood and 21 regional affiliates. "We are incredibly grateful for Ms. Scott’s extraordinary philanthropic investment in Planned Parenthood, as a critical part of the public health infrastructure," said Alexis McGill Johnson, Planned Parenthood's Chief Executive, in a statement.
"This funding will support our efforts to advance health equity by eliminating racial and structural barriers for our patients in the communities where Planned Parenthood works," continued Johnson. Over the years, Planned Parenthood has stood strong to fight for women's abortion rights as lawmakers have been pushing to ban the procedure.
I 💕 MacKenzie Scott— Mrs W (@bracing) March 24, 2022
When I was young and poor, #PlannedParenthood was the only gynecology care that I could afford. I will always be grateful for the kind, expert care I got there. https://t.co/ZmkgfGhz5e
Access to abortion in the United States seemed to be declining after the Republican-led states passed extreme restrictions, including a near-total ban on abortions in Texas. Now it seems like the Supreme Court might reinstate a ban on the procedure after 15 weeks of pregnancy in Mississippi. This would overthrow the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade case which safeguards a woman's right to have an abortion before the fetus is viable, i.e. around 24 weeks.
Scott, who is now married to a Seattle science teacher Dan Jewett, accumulated $68 billion and a 4% stake in Amazon in the separation from Jeff Bezos. She gave away $4.1 billion to hundreds of non-profit organizations in four months after promising to do so in a Medium post.
"Our team’s focus over these last nine months has included some new areas, but as always our aim has been to support the needs of underrepresented people from groups of all kinds. The cause of equity has no sides," she wrote according to NBC News. Even Habitat for Humanity recently announced that Scott donated $436 million towards boosting affordable housing and Black homeownership.
Scott does not plan on stopping anytime soon as she admitted, she's "far from completing" her oath. "We each come by the gifts we have to offer by an infinite series of influences and lucky breaks we can never fully understand. In addition to whatever assets life has nurtured in me, I have a disproportionate amount of money to share. My approach to philanthropy will continue to be thoughtful. It will take time and effort and care. But I won’t wait. And I will keep at it until the safe is empty," read part of her pledge.
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