MacKenzie Scott gives abortion provider Planned Parenthood mega-gift – Catholic Telegraph

MacKenzie Scott, an early Amazon executive and ex-wife of company founder Jeff Bezos, has donated $275 million to Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the United States, including grants to 21 regional subsidiaries. Even more money from one of the world’s richest women will go to a Hispanic pro-abortion rights group.

“We are extremely grateful for Ms. Scott’s extraordinary philanthropic investment in Planned Parenthood, as an essential part of the public health infrastructure,” said Alexis McGill Johnson, CEO of Planned Parenthood, March 23.

Proponents of the unborn child’s right to life have long criticized the abortion provider, which performed 354,871 abortions from October 2018 to September 2019, according to Planned Parenthood’s 2019-2020 annual report. The organization also conducts controversial forms of sex education and is increasingly involved in promoting so-called gender transition drugs and therapies.

The US Supreme Court should review the legal precedent that mandates legal abortion nationwide. Several states have passed laws to restrict abortion, and taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood is increasingly controversial.

McGill Johnson’s statement said that for proponents of abortion, the present moment “compells us to be innovative and redouble our efforts to ensure equitable access to health care, including abortion, for everyone.” .

Scott’s money, she said, “will support our efforts to advance health equity by breaking down racial and structural barriers for our patients in the communities where Planned Parenthood works.” McGill Johnson said black women “will be most affected by the loss of access to abortion in the South and Midwest.”

The $275 million figure is the largest donation ever made to Planned Parenthood. Announcements of Scott’s gifts didn’t always go into great detail, but some Planned Parenthood affiliates reported gifts ranging from $9 million to $20 million.

In a March 23 essay posted on Medium, Scott listed grants for Planned Parenthood but didn’t explain them specifically. She said her grantmaking team always aims “to meet the needs of underrepresented people from groups of all kinds.”

“When our giving team focuses on a system that people are struggling with, we don’t assume that we, or any other group, can figure out how to fix it,” she said. “We are not advocating for particular policies or reforms. Instead, we seek a portfolio of organizations that support the ability of all people to participate in solutions. This means focusing on the needs of those whose voices have been underrepresented.

She lamented that “only a tiny fraction of global humanitarian aid” goes “to organizations focused on the disproportionate challenges faced by women and girls”.

Prior to Scott’s donation, Planned Parenthood subsidiaries had net assets totaling about $1.7 billion, while Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Global had combined net assets of $331 million, according to the annual report. 2019-2020 from Planned Parenthood. Private contributions to affiliates totaled some $380 million in one year, while contributions to the national and global organization totaled $276.4 million.

Former President of Planned Parenthood, Dr. Leana Wen, MD, stepped down in July 2019 after eight months in her role. She cited disagreements with board leaders over whether Planned Parenthood should be a health care organization, as she preferred, or an abortion advocacy organization.

Another former Planned Parenthood president, Cecile Richards, served for years on the board of the Ford Foundation, another philanthropic giving giant that dedicates millions of dollars annually to pro-abortion rights causes. .

Scott, the ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, was one of the company’s early executives. When and Bezos divorced in 2019, she received a stake in the company worth around $38 billion at the time, The Scotsman newspaper reports. The value of Scott’s share in the company rose to $66.4 billion when Amazon became a dominant supplier of goods and services during the coronavirus pandemic. According to the analysis of the financial information site Bloomberg, she was then the richest woman in the world.

On Wednesday, Forbes Magazine reported that she was worth around $49 billion.

Scott’s recent round of giving gave $15 million to the Guttmacher Institute, an abortion policy think tank that spun off under the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. It retained its official affiliation until 2007. A $25 million grant was awarded to the Collaborative for Gender and Reproductive Equity, a coalition of groups that focuses funding for pro-abortion rights on local organizing , advocacy through the justice system and building alliances.

Other recipients include Atlanta-based SisterSong, which describes itself as “the nation’s largest multi-ethnic reproductive justice collective.” He recommends building the capacity of defenders “to gain access to abortion and all other reproductive rights”.

The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice was another abortion rights group that received money from Scott.

Her work includes organizing activism and policy advocacy. It also conducts opinion surveys among Latino communities on topics such as abortion. Its website said, “We use this research to change narratives about our community and hold those in power accountable to our needs.” It is active in Florida, New York, Texas and Virginia, with an office in Washington, DC

The Latina group has co-hosted some events with Catholics for Choice, a group whose claim to be Catholic has been repeatedly rejected by US bishops. The Latina group’s Twitter account, which has 21,000 followers, retweets Catholics for Choice posts, including photographs of the group’s projection of pro-abortion phrases on the National Basilica during Mass for Life.

In 2011, the Latina National Institute for Reproductive Justice had total contributions of $1.8 million, according to tax forms. This figure would increase over the years, peaking at almost $10 million in 2017 and then decreasing to $3.7 million in 2018.

The group’s executive director, Guadalupe Rodriguez, was previously vice president of public affairs for Planned Parenthood Mel Monte, the largest Planned Parenthood affiliate in the country. A former executive director of the Latina group, Jessica González-Rojas, was elected to the New York State Assembly in 2020.

A former board chairwoman, Gloria Montaño Greene, now works in the Biden administration as deputy assistant secretary for agricultural production and conservation at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Yvonne Gutierrez, who chaired the group’s board of directors from 2017 to 2019, is a former leader of Planned Parenthood South Texas, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast and Planned Parenthood Texas Votes. She is now the executive director of the Latino Victory Project.

Scott has given billions of dollars to other efforts. Its latest round of grants included $436 million for Habitat for Humanity and $281 million for Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

As of June 2021, Scott’s beneficiaries included Homeboy Industries, a major Los Angeles-based nonprofit founded by a Catholic priest to help rehabilitate gang members. He received $20 million.

Another grant announced that month went to Faith in Public Life, a multi-religious advocacy group that combines a vision of progressive politics with opposition to several public Catholic efforts. He criticized the Catholic bishops’ debate on the Eucharist and Catholic public figures. The group has also advocated against strong religious freedom protections for Catholic adoption agencies and the Little Sisters of the Poor, which fight government pro-LGBT and pro-contraception mandates.

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