Posted on November 29, 2016
Written by: Ben Alen, general Assignment Reporter for WITF
November 29, 2016
Harrisburg) — Planned Parenthood says it’s added more than 800 volunteers in Pennsylvania since Donald Trump won the presidential election three weeks ago.
The organization says it usually gets about 20 to 25 new volunteers in a month.
“The outpouring of support that we’ve seen over the last two weeks is like nothing I have seen in my 12 and a half years with Planned Parenthood. It is unprecedented, says Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania’s Executive Director Sari Stevens.
“A lot of them are putting notes when they volunteer or when they donate. Whether it’s we were there for them, we’ve had a lot of those. We’ve had a lot in Mike Pence’s name, Donald Trump’s name, in honor of their mother, in honor of a staff member who was there for them,” says Stevens.
President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to cut off federal funding to the health care organization.
Stevens says the new volunteers will help run phone banks, go door to door, take part in rallies, and also walk the halls of the state Capitol to lobby legislators.
Planned Parenthood statistics show that in fiscal year 2012, about 3-percent of the services it provided were related to abortion – the rest addressed STDs, cancers, and contraception.
Stevens says because of Trump’s election win, donations are also up nationwide.
She adds more women are making appointments for long-term contraception, out of fear it won’t be covered if the Affordable Care Act is repealed.