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Planned Parenthood Donations Surge After Trump Victory

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By    |   Wednesday, 16 Nov 2016 01:09 PM

Planned Parenthood has seen a rise in donations since Donald Trump won the presidency, according to the Washington Examiner.

Republicans are looking at ways to defund the women's health care provider when they have control over both houses in Congress and the White House in 2017. However, the organization's president, Cecile Richards, sees the rise in donations as proof that most Americans support the organization, which has been targeted by Republicans for offering abortions.

"The truth is that the majority of Americans, including Trump's own voters, support access to health care at Planned Parenthood and do not want to see women lose access to safe, legal abortion," Richards said in a statement, the Examiner reports.

"We will never back down, and we will never stop providing the care our patients need. These doors stay open, no matter what."

Planned Parenthood would lose access to about 30 percent of their revenue — $390 million in federal funds. The funding supports Planned Parenthood services other than abortions, such as birth control and sexually transmitted disease tests, to low income patients who use Medicaid, according to the Examiner.

Yale Law School associate research professor Priscilla Smith said a likely result would be the closing of some Planned Parenthood centers. However, Smith told the Examiner, "Other places will stay open because they'll find some person to fund them."

Republicans already have a provision ready to defund Planned Parenthood in a 2015 bill that attempted to repeal Obamacare. Social conservatives would be likely to keep that provision in, but to get either passed, Congress would need to use budget reconciliation rules or have a 60-vote majority, which Republicans do not possess, the Examiner said.

While some Republicans such as Maine Sen. Susan Collins and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski might oppose the defunding, the Examiner notes they could still pass the bill with a deciding vote by the Vice President-elect Mike Pence.

Family Research Council lobbyist David Christensen said it would be a "huge disappointment" if Congress did not defund Planned Parenthood.

"For Congress not to try to defund Planned Parenthood through reconciliation when they've already successfully passed it would be snatching defeat from the jaws of victory," Christensen said.

After Trump's win, Richards said in a statement that "we will not give up, we will not back down, and we will not be silenced," according to ABC News.

As protest against Pence, The Indianapolis Star reported that over 20,000 people have donated to the organization in the Indiana governor's name.

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