Pro-lifers gathered outside a Planned Parenthood fundraising event Wednesday in Texas to protest the abortion giant and its keynote speaker, former President George W. Bush’s daughter.
Former first daughter Barbara P. Bush first came under fire earlier this week for supporting the abortion business — which puts her at odds with her pro-life father. President Bush defunded International Planned Parenthood during his first week in office as president.
The lunch event was held to benefit Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, with sponsorships of up to $20,000. This is the same affiliate whose abortion practitioner Amna Dermish was caught by the Center for Medical Progress explaining how she was striving to obtain “intact” aborted babies’ brains in later-term abortions.
NBC News 5 in Fort Worth reported Planned Parenthood did not allow news media into the event Wednesday. Outside, the media spoke to pro-lifers as they protested the abortion group.
“We don’t understand why Barbara Bush, someone with her talents and abilities, would be lending her time to an organization like Planned Parenthood,” Students for Life regional coordinator Jillian Ferguson told reporters. “She cares deeply for people. And so it doesn’t really make sense to us that she would be helping to support an organization that clearly does not.”
Fox News 4 reports pro-lifers from Students for Life of America, Pro-Life Waco, the Catholic Diocese of Dallas’ Pro-Life Committee, the Prestonwood Pregnancy Center in Dallas and the Texas Pro-Life Action Team showed up to protest outside the fundraiser venue.
“While children aren’t beholden to their parents’ ideals, values and moral views, it is disappointing that Barbara Bush, daughter of President George W. Bush, is keynoting a Planned Parenthood fundraiser, especially since her father held clearly anti-abortion public stances,” they said in a release.
Prior to the protest, Kristan Hawkins, president of SFLA, told LifeNews: “Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest abortion vendor and promotes abortion worldwide. There is no amount of good they can possibly do to make up for taking hundreds of thousands of innocent lives every year, which is something we wish Barbara Bush would have considered before accepting the keynote speech. There will be young women there on Wednesday in Fort Worth representing the Pro-Life Generation who rejects abortion and rejects the notion that women must be able to end the lives of their children in order to pursue their own dreams.”
Former President George W. Bush left a strong pro-life legacy during his presidency, signing every pro-life bill that reached his desk. During his administration, Bush saw abortions decline to new lows, and he made history in 2003 by signing the first measure to ever ban a form of abortion: brutal, late-term partial birth abortions.
He also demonstrated his pro-life commitment on his first day in office when he re-instituted the Mexico City Policy, which stops taxpayer funding of groups that promote or perform abortions in other nations. Later he extended that policy further to prevent pro-abortion funding within all State Department programs.
Pro-abortion President Barack Obama reversed the policy during his first week in office, but President Donald Trump reinstated it in January.
President Bush also supported the Born Alive Infants Protection Act to protect babies who survive abortions. He also signed into law the Unborn Victims of Violence Act to offer protection and justice to pregnant women like Laci Peterson and their unborn children who are killed or injured in violent attacks.