Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who signed one of the country’s most severe anti-abortion laws as governor of Indiana, and in 2011 almost shut the government down in a fight to defund Planned Parenthood in the House of Representatives, has suddenly become a repeat sponsor of the reproductive health organization. Not because he drastically changed his mind, however, but because the organization allows donors to make gifts in honor of someone else, and many have decided to donate in the Indiana governor’s name. Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards told The Atlantic that they had seen an “unprecedented outpouring of support” since the election, with nearly 80,000 donations, and a tweet by the organization later confirmed that many are indeed donating in the name of Mike Pence or Hillary Clinton.
On social media, many are tweeting screenshots of the donations they have made in the newly elected VP-elect’s name, spurred on by encouraging posts from actress Amber Tamblyn and comedian Amy Schumer. It’s not the first time women are creatively protesting Pence’s extreme views on abortion. After he signed the controversial abortion legislation into law (which, among other things, mandates that miscarried or stillborn fetuses are buried or cremated and requires women to undergo an ultrasound at least 18 hours before a scheduled abortion) they called his office to discuss their periods.
— jen trudell (@jktrudell) November 13, 2016
Just donated to Planned Parenthood in Mike Pence's name, it's easy & a certificate will be sent to his office: pic.twitter.com/GJx3GdyBZl
— Gabrielle Moss (@Gaby_Moss) November 12, 2016
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