Ross Perot just donated $1 million to Planned Parenthood

The Texas billionaire's foundation has come through with a major gift to the beleaguered women's health provider

By Katie McDonough
Published August 30, 2013 10:40PM (EDT)
Ross Perot
Ross Perot

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."

"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 added.

Planned Parenthood of North Texas CEO Kenneth Lambrecht thanked the Foundation in a statement, saying, “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.”


Katie McDonough

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at

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