50,000 Planned Parenthood donations in Pence’s name

November 25, 2016
US women are organising to support Planned Parenthood.

More than 50,000 donations have been made to Planned Parenthood, a US non-profit group promoting reproductive health, in the name of anti-choice Vice President-elect Mike Pence in a show of creative resistance and organising against the incoming Donald Trump administration.

“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, recognising the long-term work that is needed,” Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, said on November 22.

“Tens of thousands more are pledging to make sure access to healthcare is protected.”

Pence served as governor of Indiana, where he approved some of the country’s strictest anti-choice laws. This included a ban on abortions in cases of foetal abnormalities and requiring aborted or miscarried remains to be cremated and buried.

The law, which NARAL Pro-Choice America called “one of the nation’s worst” was struck down by a federal court in June. Pence has also called for Planned Parenthood to be de-funded and for Roe v Wade to be overturned and “consigned to the ash heap of history where it belongs”.

[Abridged from Common Dreams.]

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