Barbara Pierce Bush, George W. Bush's daughter, to keynote Planned Parenthood fundraiser

Media was not permitted inside the private event and was unable to hear or see Bush speak firsthand.

The former first daughter was a noted Hillary supporter during the 2016 election, and revealed in her speech that Trump's election was a surprise. "That was not meant to be a political statement; I just thought the cards were going to fall in a different way".

"And I could not be more happy that I said yes [to speaking at the Fort Worth luncheon] now".

The Texas Tribune thanks its sponsors. The organization's mission is to "mobilize a global community of emerging leaders to build the movement for health equity" and build "a network of young changemakers who share a common belief: Health is a human right". "Millions of people's potentials and futures are undermined simply because they do not have access to the health care that they deserve".

"It is so exciting to know we have the tools to solve so many problems", Bush said.

Meanwhile, demonstrators 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 said they felt they needed to show their support for women who have been betrayed by the abortion industry. However, she said she was inspired by the people who came to Wednesday's event.

The president of Students for Life of America stated that she is "disappointed" by Bush's appearance at the event, especially because of her father's conflicting views.

Ferguson repeatedly pointed out that Planned Parenthood is the largest provider of abortions in the USA - and said Bush speaking at the event "implies that she supports everything Planned Parenthood does". "I hope you all realize the incredible investment that you're making for both women and also their kids, their kids' education and their income level".

She talked about Global Health Corps and its partnerships with several Planned Parenthood branches and other organizations overseas to "confront solvable health challenges", the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

Bush also encouraged the younger generation to take a stand in women's reproductive rights issues.

  • Carolyn Briggs