The women’s healthcare organization confirmed to People that they’ve now received 50,000 individual donations in Pence’s name, representing 25 percent of the 200,000 donations that came in since the election on Nov. 8.
“We’ve seen an unprecedented outpouring of support, with more than 200,000 people donating in the week following the election — a quarter of whom pledged to be monthly supporters, recognizing the long-term work that is needed,” Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, said in a statement. “Tens of thousands more are pledging to make sure access to health care is protected. We are so grateful to this community across the country, and we will never stop fighting for them.”
“The truth is that the majority of Americans, including Trump’s own voters, support access to health care at Planned Parenthood and do not want to see women lose access to safe, legal abortion. We’ve stood defiant in the face of opposition for the last 100 years. We will never back down, and we will never stop providing the care our patients need. These doors stay open, no matter what.”
The idea to send donations in the Indiana governor’s name went viral a few days after he and Donald Trump won the election. Celebrities such as Amy Schumer, Lena Dunham, Amber Tamblyn and others posted how to donate in Pence’s name.
Pence has been a big proponent to defund the organization because, among the many healthcare services they provide for women, abortions is one of them. He has been trying to pass bills to get rid of it, and so far, to no avail.
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