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Why Planned Parenthood is getting a bunch of donations in Mike Pence’s name

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It’s been a tough year to be a woman in America. Not only did the first female major-party nominee for president lose to a man who’s bragged about sexual assault, but we also get a vice president-elect with a track record of shutting down reproductive rights by banning abortions in almost all cases, and forcing many Planned Parenthood clinics to close in his home state of Indiana.

To take back their rights, many women have donated to various causes, including the health-services provider. But in an added twist, they aren’t just giving money—they’re also doing it in the name of a man who has actively fought to defund Planned Parenthood: Vice President-elect Mike Pence.

Women are sharing Pence’s office address in Indiana via social media, and encouraging fellow donors to make their gifts in his honor. As a result, the vice president-elect’s office will receive mail that notifies him about every donation made in his name to the organization he’s worked tirelessly to defeat (Politico has called Pence a “one-man crusade” against Planned Parenthood.)

Every time you make a donation on behalf of Mike Pence to Planned Parenthood, an angel gets its wings,” one Twitter user wrote.

Celebrities have joined in on the trend, too. Comedian Amy Schumer and actor Amber Tamblyn shared Pence’s address on Instagram, encouraging fans to follow suit.

Planned Parenthood tweeted over the weekend that it was “blown away” by the recent support, and said many donations have been made in both Pence’s and Hillary Clinton’s names.

Planned Parenthood has been here for 100 years, and one thing is clear: We will never back down and we will never stop fighting to ensure that Planned Parenthood patients have access to the care they need,” Planned Parenthood said in a statement published the day after the election last week. “Health care should not be political.”