MacKenzie Scott just made the largest donation ever to Planned Parenthood

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It’s been a busy month for billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott. Just last week, the novelist (and former wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos), announced a $281 million donation to the Boys & Girls Club of America. Earlier this week, she gave $436 million to Habitat for Humanity. Now, Scott has announced that she has donated $275 million to Planned Parenthood as she continues her pledge to donate the majority of her wealth, which Forbes estimated as more than $59 billion as of the end of 2021.

The donation is the largest gift from a single donor in the organization’s 100-year history, according to Planned Parenthood.

In a statement written on Medium, Scott said her latest donation represented her organization’s commitment to helping those who do not have a voice to make the changes needed in the world.

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“Equity can only be realized when all people involved have an opportunity to help shape it,” Scott wrote in her Medium post. “We don’t advocate for particular policies or reforms. Instead, we seek a portfolio of organizations that supports the ability of all people to participate in solutions. This means a focus on the needs of those whose voices have been underrepresented.”

Planned Parenthood provides a wide variety of health services for women, from mammograms to pregnancy consultation, but providing women abortions has put Planned Parenthood at the center of the fierce debate over a woman’s reproductive rights and body autonomy.

“We are incredibly grateful for Ms. Scott’s extraordinary philanthropic investment in Planned Parenthood, as a critical part of the public health infrastructure,” Planned Parenthood Chief Executive Alexis McGill Johnson said 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.”

Since June 2021, Scott has donated more than $3.8 billion to 465 different organizations. In her Medium post, she shared a list of the organizations that have received funds from her foundation, which include CARE Ukraine Relief Efforts, Digital Promise, FoodCorps, and Habitat for Humanity, just to name a few.

“We look forward to sharing the work of these remarkable organizations through this database of their gifts, 1257 to date since my pledge to give away this money with steadiness and care,” Scott wrote. “Each non-profit it will list was selected through a rigorous process, and has a strong track record of serving under-supported needs.”

 

This article originally appeared on SimpleMost and was syndicated by MediaFeed.org.

 

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Is legal abortion under threat in your state?

 

Nobody knows when the United States Supreme Court will hand down its decision on abortion rights, but when it does, it is likely to cause a storm. Based on the decisions made by the majority conservative court in the past, it is possible that the federal abortion protections currently guaranteed under Roe v. Wade will be severely diminished or even outright overturned.

In case the court would allow states to end all abortions, half of U.S. states are expected to do just that. According to the Guttmacher Institute and the Pew Charitable Trust, abortions would be banned in many states across the South, Midwest and Western United States upon such a decision.

According to the Guttmacher Institute, this would severely limit abortion coverage for women in these areas. The next provider would be more than 200 miles driving distance away in Michigan and Georgia, more than 300 miles away in Montana and Alabama, more than 500 miles away in Texas and Florida and more than 600 miles away in Louisiana in case of the Supreme Court overturning the precedent.

In many Northeastern states and West Coast states, abortion rights are protected by state laws. Some states are currently scrambling to codify abortion rights, for example Vermont.

 

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The case the court is hearing at the moment centers around a Mississippi abortion law that outlaws abortions after 15 weeks. As part of Roe v. Wade and later Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the Supreme Court has established fetal viability as a standard for when abortions can be performed. This had previously set the precedent for states allowing abortions up until 22 to 26 weeks of gestational age, which is when a fetus becomes viable outside the womb. Alternatively, states have simply cited viability as a rule – a fact that the Mississippi law is now challenging.

Another possible outcome of the Supreme Court ruling could be that abortion rights will be upheld but the viability standard will fall. This would allow states to set shorter time limits on the procedure. In that case, the same states that would ban abortions can be expected to shorten the time in which an abortion is possible. A recent Texas law has set the cutoff at just six weeks of gestation, which is an example of how drastically some states want to limit abortion time frames. For now, the Texas law has an unprecedented setup, calling on citizens to enforce it, but such a workaround would become unnecessary should the Supreme Court decide to undermine Roe v. Wade.

The Mississippi law actually comes closer to abortion limits set in most European countries (at 14 weeks of gestational age or the end of the first trimester), while the Texas law is far from international standards. Six weeks of gestation equal just four weeks of pregnancy and just three weeks after a missed period.

 

Here’s how the ruling will likely be reacted to in every state:

 

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This article originally appeared on Statista.com and was syndicated by MediaFeed.org.

 

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