Indiana group encourages Planned Parenthood donations in Mike Pence’s honor

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- People across the country are donating to Planned Parenthood in honor of Vice President Elect Mike Pence, in an effort to flood his office with thank you notes.

Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky's Ali Slocum told CBS4 on Monday that the group has seen a spike in donations, as well as people calling to offer support and help, since last week's election. It is working to tally up exactly how much of a bump it's received.

"We absolutely believe that it will be a significant number," Slocum said.

When you donate to Planned Parenthood online, you're offered the option to donate "in honor of" someone, giving their address for a letter of acknowledgment.

"We are aggregating all of them and then we will be submitting to Governor Mike Pence’s office, here in Indiana, a letter of acknowledgment noting all of the donations that have been received in his name to support the cause of Planned Parenthood," Slocum said.

Rather than send a letter for each individual donation, Slocum said Pence would receive one once a month detailing the donations made in his name.

Laura Shanley, who started the Facebook group Periods for Politicians (formerly Periods for Pence), was one of the first to suggest the donations.

"I wouldn’t say I started it. I think a lot of people had the same idea," Shanley said. "We hope to make him ... donor of the year."

The atypical protest comes as pro-choice advocates worry about the future of Planned Parenthood and abortion access under a Trump-Pence administration.

President-elect Donald Trump said in a 60 Minutes interview that he would appoint conservative judges to the Supreme Court and that he is pro-life, and would support an overturning of Roe v. Wade.

IU Professor of Law Dr. Jennifer Drobac said that while it would take more than one vacancy on the court, and multiple arguments could be made against overturning the case, it is certainly possible.

"There are a lot of people out there who are nervous," Drobac said.

As for Pence, his office did not return calls for comment about the Planned Parenthood donations. Many pro-life advocates are happy to see Pence in the White House, along with other pro-life politicians in Washington.

Indiana Right to Life said in response to the effort, "If Planned Parenthood is receiving such great support from the public, then it no longer needs our taxpayer dollars.”

Shanley said that she herself would be making donations monthly, as well as donations in lieu of Christmas gifts this year. She hoped that the donations would do more than just turn heads.

"He’s in a position of a lot of power right now and we want and need our voices to still be heard. ... This is the only way we feel that we can maybe make an impact to him," Shanley said.

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