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Katy Perry Leads By Example And Donates $10,000 To Planned Parenthood

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13/11/2016 6:00 AM AEDT | Updated 15/11/2016 7:31 AM AEDT
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That nightmare you had is real. Donald Trump is now president-elect and Hillary Clinton has been hiking with her dog somewhere in upstate New York.

Many are afraid of what Trump’s presidency holds for America’s future and committed more than ever to protecting the rights of those acutely affected by the antediluvian promises of his campaign. 

One of Clinton’s most prominent supporters, pop star Katy Perry, has decided to put her money where her mouth is and double down on her efforts to ensure that women continue to have access to safe and affordable healthcare. 

On Friday, Perry donated $10,000 to Planned Parenthood, which Trump pledged to defund among other women’s reproductive health services groups in his campaign. In a lengthy note on Instagram, the singer explained the role Planned Parenthood has played in her own life, and how vital the organization is to so many woman across America. 

“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,” she captioned a photo of her donation, referring to herself by her real name. “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.”

Read Perry’s full note below and follow her lead by donating to Planned Parenthood here

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

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