AUSTIN (NEXSTAR) — The presidential election has sparked the spirit of giving in some Texans.
Planned Parenthood Texas has seen donations increase ten fold since Donald Trump became president-elect. The surge in online donations and volunteer sign-ups is breaking records here in the State of Texas and across the country.
Nationwide, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America received donations from 182,000 people in the week after the election. That’s about 40 times more than the organization takes in during a typical week.
Tens of thousands of those donations were made in the name of Vice President-elect Mike Pence. As governor of Indiana, Pence imposed tougher restrictions on abortions in his state. Trump has said his Supreme Court nominees will be willing to overturn the 1973 landmark Roe v Wade decision on abortion rights, and send the abortion debate back to the states.
Texas Republicans were quick to put in several anti-abortion measures at the start of early bill filing for the state’s upcoming legislative session. The future president of the United States also promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which requires insurance plans to cover contraception.
“We are hearing from patients with questions about whether birth control is still going to be covered by their health insurance plan, whether abortion is going to be restricted and not legal and safe as it is,” said Sarah Wheat, with Planned Parenthood Texas. “We are hearing from community members and patients who want to make sure we are here and that our doors are open.”
The executive director of the Texas Alliance for Life says he’d prefer to see people donate to organizations that provide what he called “compassionate alternatives to abortion.” But the pro-life group has not seen an increase in donors; however, they are looking forward to the upcoming legislative session.