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Donations To Planned Parenthood Surge After Trump's Win

| by Lauren Briggs

In the six weeks following Donald Trump's presidential election victory, Planned Parenthood has received 40 times its normal rate of donations.

Of the more than 300,000 donations that came in during those weeks, approximately half came from millennials, while 70 percent came from donors who had never given to the organization before, reports the Guardian.

More than 82,000 donations to the family planning and reproductive health clinic were made in the name of Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who has worked tirelessly to block funding to Planned Parenthood, as well as to restrict abortion services in his home state of Indiana.

"I long for the day that Roe v. Wade is sent to the ash heap of history, when we move past the broken hearts and the broken lives of the past 38 years," Pence said in 2011, according to Congress.gov.

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Other progressive organizations, such as the ACLU, environmental protection groups, and immigration groups, have also seen massive increases in donations during their end-of-year donation drives. The ACLU alone received more than $7 million from 120,000 donors over the five days following the election, totaling nearly $23 million from 300,00 individual donations since then.

"This is always our big time of year, but this year it's huge," development director Loretta Prescott, of Maine's Immigration Legal Advocacy Project, told the Guardian. "Instead of giving gifts, people are making donations to causes they believe in."

According to 270 Strategies, a consulting group specializing in grassroots organization for progressive causes, said that they also have seen a donation surge among many of the groups who hire them.

"We work with gun safety groups, environmental groups, immigration and voting rights organizations, unions pushing for a higher minimum wage, supporters of public education and women's reproductive rights, and many are seeing an extraordinary uptick in support both by way of donations and volunteers," said Hari Sevugan, director at the Chicago-based group.

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Sources: The Guardian, Congress.gov / Photo Credit: Donald J. Trump/Instagram

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