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Trump Says Gay Marriage is Safe, Abortion Will Go ‘Back to the States’

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Trump Says Gay Marriage is Safe, Abortion Will Go ‘Back to the States’

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Ever since Trump was elected President in a shocking turn of events last week, many have wondered what would happen to gay marriage and abortion. Women and the LGBTQ community have fought for years to gain the rights to their own autonomy, but a Trump presidency threatens everything they’ve accomplished. Some people have taken to the streets to protest his election, while others, like Katy Perry have openly voiced their support for organizations, like Planned Parenthood, that could be under siege in the coming months. In an Instagram post, the singer wrote:

“It’s time to turn words into actions! 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.”

Donating $10,000 to the organization, she finished her post by saying, “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.”


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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Many other Americans have followed suit, also donating money to Planned Parenthood, but with a twist. Celebrities have been making donations to the organization in Vice President-to-be, Mike Pence’s name. The notoriously pro-life, anti-gay politician has been receiving droves of certificates thanking him for his support. Brilliant.



And while Trump has made homophobic comments in the past, he announced, during his first interview since winning the election, that the LGBTQ community has nothing to fear because gay marriage will not be going anywhere. Unfortunately, abortion won’t fare the same way. Trump said he plans to give abortion “back to the states,” but since he’ll be appointing pro-life Supreme Court judges, there won’t be much hope for organizations like Planned Parenthood. In the 60 minutes special, interviewer Lesley Stahl also asked Ivanka if she’ll be joining her father’s White House team, to which she replied no, noting she’d be more focused on “women’s issues.” Doesn’t that include abortion? For the Trumps, apparently not.

At this point, all we can do is hope, and like Perry said, turn our words into action. One way to do that is by donating to organizations like Planned Parenthood, The Trevor Project, The Trans Lifeline, The Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute and GLAAD. The government can try to take away our autonomy, but they can never take away our voice.

Watch Trump’s full 60 Minutes interview, below.