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Katy Perry publicizes donation to Planned Parenthood following election

Pop star Katy Perry says she’s donated $10,000 US to the non-profit organization Planned Parenthood.

In an Instagram post to her more than 50 million followers, Perry vowed 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,” she wrote in a lengthy post.

Perry posted a screen shot of her donation to the American organization, which offers education and advocacy for women’s health and reproductive rights.

It’s uncertain how Planned Parenthood will be affected under a Trump administration, but the president-elect had proposed defunding the group entirely, as long as it continues to offer abortions.

His proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also referred to as Obamacare, could also impact access to birth control options.

The singer campaigned heavily alongside Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in the run-up to the U.S. election.

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Hillary Clinton takes the stage with singer Katy Perry during a campaign concert and rally in Philadelphia, Penn. Nov. 5. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

“Now, more than ever, we all need to protect and create safe places for each other,” Perry said on social media. “I hope I can help inspire you to make a gift as well.”

A call to Planned Parenthood to confirm the donation has not yet been returned.

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