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Former first daughter Barbara Bush says she’s ‘very proud to stand with Planned Parenthood’

March 2, 2017

Barbara Pierce Bush delivered the keynote address at the Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas annual luncheon in Fort Worth on Wednesday — all in spite of the aggressive pro-life legacies left by her father, President George W. Bush, and her grandfather, President George H.W. Bush.

“I am proud to stand with Planned Parenthood not only because women, regardless of where they are from, deserve to live dignified, healthy lives, [but] … because it’s a really good investment,” said the 35-year-old. “We know that when women are healthy, their families and their children are healthier too.”

When she agreed to speak at the event in October, Bush added, she had been under the assumption that Hillary Clinton would become the next president.

“That’s not a political statement,” said Bush. “I thought the cards were going to fall in a different way. And I could not be more happy that I said yes [to speaking at the Fort Worth luncheon] now.”

While Bush avoided any mention of abortion during her speech, pro-life protestors gathered outside the event expressed disbelief about her presence.

“We don’t want to leave Planned Parenthood unchallenged, especially with George W. Bush having left such a pro-life legacy,” explained 23-year-old protester Jillian Ferguson. “We don’t understand why Barbara Bush would go against that legacy.”

The fight over Planned Parenthood has continued to escalate in the Lone Star state. Last week, an attempt by lawmakers at blocking Medicaid payments to the organization’s 30 health care centers was struck down by a federal judge who noted that the state hadn’t “even a scintilla of evidence” that Planned Parenthood was unqualified to provide medical services.

Read the full story at The Daily Mail.


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