According to the Texas Tribune, former President George W. Bush‘s daughter, Barbara Pierce Bush, will headline a Planned Parenthood fundraiser in Texas next week.
Bush will be the keynote speaker at the Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas’s annual Fort Worth fundraising luncheon.
Although President Bush was a proponent of anti-abortion policies during his time in office, his wife Laura Bush has advocated for abortion to be legal.
From the Texas Tribune:
There’s a strong Texas connection in all of this: The president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America is Cecile Richards, the daughter of the late Texas Gov. Ann Richards.
Bush’s father ousted Richards from the Governor’s Mansion in 1994. Many political observers viewed that campaign as — at least in part — revenge for Richards’ acerbic 1988 Democratic National Convention keynote speech mocking the GOP nominee. It was Bush’s grandfather, George H.W. Bush.
Texas has been at the forefront of right-wing conservatives’ battle against abortion rights, but the former first-daughter, who is the CEO and co-founder of Global Heath Corps, has notably broken from the politics that defined her father’s administration. In an interview with the New York Times last year, Bush called Planned Parenthood an “exceptional organization.”