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Is This the End of Planned Parenthood?

Planned Parenthood, the nonprofit that provides reproductive health services to low-income women, will likely have its funding cut now that Republicans have gained control of the House, the Senate, and the Executive Branch. The newly elected 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, has repeatedly threatened to defund the organization if it does not stop performing abortions.

“I am committed to defunding Planned Parenthood as long as they continue to perform abortions and reallocating their funding to community health centers that provide comprehensive health care for women,” Trump wrote in a letter outlining his pro-life polices.

Trump’s running mate Mike Pence, who will now serve as the Vice President of the United States, has had a long history of waging war against Planned Parenthood. In an interview with POLITICO, Pence expressed similar sentiments to that of Donald Trump.

“If Planned Parenthood wants to be involved in providing counseling services and HIV testing, they ought not be in the business of providing abortions. As long as they aspire to do that, I’ll be after them.”

And yet Planned Parenthood is standing its ground. Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood, said that she refuses to go back to a pre-Roe era. Back in January of 2016, Richards spoke with three women (Pamela Mason, Leni Silverstein, and Ellen Levine) who had abortions before it was deemed legal.

“We refuse to allow politicians to take us back and that’s why we’re speaking out alongside Pamela, Leni, Ellen and women across the country. Their stories are a cautionary tale for politicians threatening to take women back to a time before abortion was safe and legal. Today, more than ever, these stories need to be heard, because we cannot and we will not go back.”

So long as Richards delivers on her promise to never go back, this will indeed spell the end of Planned Parenthood.

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Another Philanthropic Gates: William Henry Gates Sr.

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Bill Gates’ father has long been working for philanthropic causes from being the Co-Chair of the World Justice Project to sitting on the board of Planned Parenthood.  He is also the author of a book entitled “Showing Up for Life: Thoughts on the Gifts of a Lifetime.”

Gates is a graduate of the University of Washington, and worked as a lawyer until 1998 at the law firm he co-founded.  Shidler & King later became known as Preston Gates & Ellis LLP.  It finally merged into what is now called K&L Gates.

He is currently on the Board of Regents for the University of Washington and is a co-chair for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Bill Gates Sr. guides the foundation and serves as an advocate for the foundation’s key issues. He first answered his son’s request for help in using his resources to improve reproductive and child health in the developing world by directing the William H. Gates Foundation, which was established in 1994. It merged with the Gates Learning Foundation to create the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000.

Gates has volunteered with organizations such as the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce and King County United Way.  He even formed a non-profit organization called Technology Alliance to further technology jobs in the northwest.  In efforts to shape and assist education, he worked with the Public School Levy Campaign.

To view the full William Henry Gates Sr. Profile, click here.