46k People Donated to PP for Pence But Way More ‘Liked’ the Idea
Maybe you’ve heard by now that since Donald Trump won the election, Planned Parenthood has received more than 200,000 donations, and that at least 46,000 of those were made in the name of Mike Pence.
While that’s genuinely great news and something to be proud of, before we start patting ourselves on the back for being model citizens, I have some bad news for you.
There’s a GAPING discrepancy between the amount of donations Planned Parenthood has received and the amount of people who’ve liked, commented, or retweeted stories and statuses about it.
Let’s take a look:
It’s time to turn words into action❗️There are so many steps to take, but my first vow is to support organizations that may have their funding support taken from them in the future by the government. I am making a public donation to Planned Parenthood for the teenage me who made several visits to first a clinic in Santa Barbara and then Los Angeles, CA to educate myself on my sexual health, a subject I had little to no information on because of my sheltered upbringing. I had no idea how things worked down there, and had no idea how to make a plan for them. Planned Parenthood educated me on my body and my reproductive health, so that I could focus on my dreams and using my voice until I knew the timing was right for me to make a plan to have a family. Since then, I have been able to focus wholeheartedly on bringing messages of strength and becoming a voice for others. Without this education, I may have had a different life path. That is just my experience, but I know Planned Parenthood’s broader range of services can sometimes be the only medical support low-income families ever see. I know what it’s like to need help. I came from a lower- to middle-class family and never grew up with the option of health insurance. I remember having 13 cavities as a teenager, and the best option my parents could come up with was to try and take me to Mexico because we couldn’t afford anything in California. I am grateful for and stand in support of Planned Parenthood for giving Katheryn Hudson the knowledge to plan, and for continuing to be a haven for women to learn all options for their future. Now, more than ever, we all need to protect and create safe places for each other. I hope I can help inspire you to make a gift as well, and become a member and an ally. Go to: https://www.plannedparenthood.org to show your support. #wewontgoback
Just donated to Planned Parenthood in Mike Pence’s name, it’s easy & a certificate will be sent to his office: pic.twitter.com/GJx3GdyBZl
— Gabrielle Moss (@Gaby_Moss) November 12, 2016
Already, that’s a total of almost 309,000 people either liking, retweeting, or sharing stories about it — and this is the TINIEST fraction of stories that were posted about this.
I’m not really good at math, but there’s a huge difference between 309,000 and 42,000.
Some of those likes are probably repeats, but the general point is the same: we’ve only accomplished a fraction of what we could have.
Granted, it’s none of my business to tell you what to do with your hard-earned money, but let me say this: I don’t care how much money is in your bank account, if you took the time to “like” this story, you have the money to donate.
And how do I know this, you might ask?
Because you don’t have to donate $10,000 like Katy Perry or even $50 like I did, Planned Parenthood takes donations as low as $5, and that’s an incredibly small price to pay to help women get healthcare.
$5 is literally the cost of a latte or a happy hour drink. Things we buy for ourselves every day that are arguably a lot less important or necessary to our wellbeing.
Like I said before, I don’t have any authority to tell you what to do, but all I ask if that we save patting ourselves on the back for a time when we’ve really deserved it.
After all, this is part of the reason why Trump got elected in the first place.
Too many people just liked statuses about how it would be a disaster if he got elected and shared articles about his scary campaign promises and not enough people actually did something about it.
But while it’s too late to change anything about the election — sorry electoral college truthers — it’s not too late to get proactive.
If you’ve had a change of heart, or were maybe just waiting for payday to role around, here’s a link to where you can donate and here’s all the info you need to make your donation in honor of our dear vice president-to-be Mike Pence.
Happy Friday, social justice warriors.