You probably know by now that Republicans are trying to defund Planned Parenthood, which could be disastrous for the women who rely on their clinics for health care. But numerous people have also responded by donating money to the organization, including author Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) who pledged a hefty donation to Planned Parenthood in a tweet Monday. In fact, he and his wife, illustrator Lisa Brown, have vowed to give $1 million dollars to the organization.
Handler, under the pseudonym Lemony Snicket, wrote the bestselling series A Series of Unfortunate Events, which was also made into a movie in 2004, as well as several adult novels. His wife is a children's book author and illustrator. "We’ve been very fortunate, and good fortune should be shared with noble causes," Handler says in the tweet announcing their donation to Planned Parenthood.
And, in fact, Handler and Brown have a long history of donating to Planned Parenthood. In an essay titled "Adjusted Income" in The New York Times in 2007, Handler wrote, "If your salary equaled the amount of money my wife and I gave Planned Parenthood one year, you’d be in the richest 1 percent in the world."
Go Daniel Handler!
So far, the response from Handler's fans on Twitter seems to have been positive, despite the fact that Planned Parenthood is even more controversial than usual at the moment.
Neither Handler nor his wife have tweeted anything further about the matter as of press time.