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For Planned Parenthood, Trump Era Starts With Worried Calls and Defiant Donations

Many women have doubts about where President-Elect Trump stands.
A waiting room inside of a Planned Parenthood clinic in New Orleans.

A waiting room inside of a Planned Parenthood clinic in New Orleans.

Photographer: Bryan Tarnowski/The New York Times via Redux

Mara Nicholson woke up at 5 a.m. on Nov. 9, checked the election results, and burst into tears. She’s been crying ever since and can’t seem to stop. “I’ve never been a political person. I couldn’t tell you if I was registered Republican or Democrat, or who I voted for beyond the last election,” she said. “But I’m very upset. I have three young kids, I’m worried about them. I’m worried about minorities. Women, especially. Today, I realized, I’m going to have to get political.”

Nicholson, 39, lives in San Jose and works in Silicon Valley; 2,500 miles away, 33-year-old Kristen Goldsmith was having a similar reaction in Ashville, N.C. Goldsmith had recently received $50 as a birthday present from a friend who, she knew, had once had an abortion. “For me, reproduction rights are very personal,” she said through tears. The morning Hillary Clinton gave her concession speech, Goldsmith donated her birthday gift to Planned Parenthood.