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20,000 People Have Donated to Planned Parenthood in Mike Pence's 'Honor'

by Phil Helsel and The Associated Press /
A sign is pictured at the entrance to a Planned Parenthood building in New York August 31, 2015. Picture taken August 31, 2015.LUCAS JACKSON / Reuters

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Planned Parenthood has received 20,000 donations made in the name of Vice President-elect Mike Pence, and thousands of dollars in donations to the group’s Indiana organization were made in his "honor" since last week’s election, the groups said.

At least 20,000 of more than 128,000 donations received by Planned Parenthood since the election made reference to Pence, Indiana’s governor and a former congressman who has been criticized by some for restrictions on abortion, Planned Parenthood's president, Cecile Richards, said Tuesday.

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"We will never back down, and we will never stop providing the care our patients need," Richards said.

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Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky said it has received "thousands in donations" in the governor’s name. It got nearly 1,400 donations totaling more than $25,000 since Nov. 8, the state group said. The idea was helped by social media posts encouraging the donations, it said.

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"Hoosiers have recognized how bad Pence is for women for a really long time and now the nation is joining us in the fight against him," Betty Cockrum, president and CEO of PPINK, said in a statement Tuesday.

"Pence will receive notifications of the donations that are made to PPINK in his honor at his office in the Indiana Statehouse," the statement said.

As governor, Pence signed legislation banning abortion in the case of fetal anomaly and requiring women who have abortions to arrange for cremations or burials for all embryonic or fetal remains. It has been temporarily blocked by a federal court.

Groups like the American Civil Liberties Union and the Sierra Club have also seen a spike in donations since the election, the Associated Press reported.

Like the ACLU, the Sierra Club, a leading environmental organization, moved swiftly to feature Trump in its fundraising appeals. It depicted him as an "outlier" who denies the dangers of climate change and would dismantle environmental protection regulations.

The Sierra Club said it had registered 9,000 new monthly donors since the election — more than it had added from Jan. 1 until Election Day.

"We don't feel helpless at all," said Debbie Sease, the organization's national campaigns director

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