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Austin Planned Parenthood event raises $800,000

Thursday, October 22, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

City Council voted to support Planned Parenthood in a vote of 9-2 last week. This week, Texas cut off its Medicaid funding. Against that backdrop, Austinites gathered Sunday to raise funds for Planned Parenthood at the Austin Annual Dinner, which was co-hosted by Mandy Dealey and Anne Hilbert. The event raised $800,000. According to a press release about the event, “In 2014 alone, nearly 19,000 women, men and young people received critical healthcare such as clinical breast exams and cervical cancer screenings, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, HIV testing, birth control, and wellness exams at the three Austin health centers. Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas provides healthcare and education services to nearly 85,000 Texans each year at health centers in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Paris, Tyler, Waco and surrounding communities, and celebrates 80 years of service this year.”

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