Some nice news: Planned Parenthood has received over 50,000 donations in the name of Mike Pence since the election.
The New York Daily News reports that the 50,000 individual donations in Pence’s name are just a quarter of the donations they’ve received since the election, as people continue to protest the imminent election of DayGlo fascist and his thin-lipped minion by throwing their money where it counts.
As governor of Indiana, Pence signed some of the most dangerous anti-choice bills in the country, including HB 1337 which required women to bury or cremate their fetuses post-abortion, among other things. That bill was struck down by a federal court in June but it paints a pretty clear picture of how Pence feels about the right to choose and is a terrifying glimpse into what could happen to abortion rights in this country under a Trump presidency.
Lest you think Pence’s previous record will have no bearing on his time in the White House, please consider the following statement he made at a town hall in Iowa on the first day of the Democratic National Convention, when this mess that we’re in now seemed like nothing more than a fever dream.
“I’m pro-life and I don’t apologize for it,” he said. “We’ll see Roe vs. Wade consigned to the ash heap of history where it belongs.” The Vice President-elect wants to consign a woman’s right to chose to the trash. If that (rightfully) angers you, you can do something about it.
In a statement to the Daily News, the president of the organization Cecile Richards said they’ve seen an “unprecedented outpouring of support, with more than 200,000 people donating in the week following the election.” A quarter of those donations were recurring, monthly supporters –all the better to help an organization that will certainly need it in the years to come.
You can donate money to any organization that supports the causes you care about in someone else’s name. Your racist uncle, maybe. Someone from high school who posts pro-Trump propaganda and fake news on Facebook, perhaps. That dude you met on the internet for a single beer on a Tuesday night that later revealed himself to be a climate change truther. Comb thru your contacts and imagine the possibilities.
If you’re stymied on where and how to send your money, we’ve got a pretty good list. Pick an organization that speaks to you and a person who you desperately wish wouldn’t anymore and go to town.