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March 23 (Reuters) – Billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott has donated $275 million to women’s healthcare provider Planned Parenthood, the largest donation from a single donor in the company’s more than 100-year history. organization, Planned Parenthood said Wednesday.
The donation, part of Scott’s pledge to give away the majority of his wealth, was made to Planned Parenthood’s national office and 21 regional affiliates.
Scott, who is now married to Seattle science teacher Dan Jewett, received a 4% stake in Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) as part of her divorce from Amazon founder and billionaire Jeff Bezos .
Planned Parenthood, which offers abortions and other health services at its clinics across the country, is at the forefront of the political battle over abortion rights unfolding in legislatures and courts across the country. US states.
Abortion access in the United States is declining as Republican-led states impose increasingly strict restrictions on the procedure, including a near-total ban on abortions in Texas that has withstood legal challenges .
The conservative-leaning U.S. Supreme Court looks likely to review constitutional abortion protections this spring.
The court signaled its willingness to reinstate the ban on abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy in Mississippi. This would contradict the landmark case Roe v. Wade in 1973 which established the right to have an abortion before the fetus was viable, around 24 weeks.
“We are extremely grateful for Ms. Scott’s extraordinary philanthropic investment in Planned Parenthood, as an essential part of the public health infrastructure,” Planned Parenthood CEO Alexis McGill Johnson said in a statement.
“This funding 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.”
In a Medium post on Wednesday, Scott said she had donated more than $3.8 billion to 465 nonprofits, including Planned Parenthood, since last June.
“Over the past nine months, our team has focused on new areas, but as always, our focus has been on meeting the needs of underrepresented people of all types. The cause of equity has not camp,” she wrote.
On Tuesday, Habitat for Humanity announced that Scott had donated $436 million, which will go towards the organization’s efforts to boost affordable housing and home ownership for black people. Read more
Scott was worth around $49 billion as of Wednesday, according to Forbes.
(This story refiles to correct spelling of “McGill” in paragraph 8)
Reporting by Gabriella Borter Editing by Bill Berkrot
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