Thanks to a viral idea to send donations to Planned Parenthood in Vice President-Elect Mike Pence's name, the organization has received 20,000 contributions
A grassroots idea to donate to Planned Parenthood in Vice President-Elect Mike Pence‘s name has spread since the election. The social media campaign encourages citizens to show their support for women’s rights by donating “in honor” of the Indiana governor, who has infamously tried to defund the non-profit organization. For each donation, he receives a thank-you certificate.
Planned Parenthood confirmed that it has received 20,000 contributions in Pence’s name since the election. According to the Indianapolis Star, there have been 160,000 donations to Planned Parenthood in the last week — 12.5 percent in the name of Pence.
While a member of Congress in 2007, Pence was the first to introduce a bill calling for an end to Planned Parenthood funding. Although the bill did not pass, he has continued to fight the non-profit throughout his political career.
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“If Planned Parenthood wants to be involved in providing counseling services and HIV testing, they ought not be in the business of providing abortions,” Pence told Politico in 2011. “As long as they aspire to do that, I’ll be after them.”
Several celebrities donated to Planned Parenthood in the seven days since the election, including Katy Perry (who gave $10,000), and Amy Schumer and Amber Tamblyn, who said they donated in Pence’s name.
Planned Parenthood thanked everyone for their support on Saturday.
“Thank you so much! We’ve been blown away by the support we’ve received. Many people are donating in Clinton or Pence’s name. #WeWontGoBack,” the organization tweeted.