Mila Kunis is the actor you’ve had a crush on since you saw her in That 70s Show, and also everything since. And she is a supporter of Planned Parenthood, the US equivalent of our various Family Planning services.
As you’re hopefully aware, Family Planning (or SHiNE SA, if you’re reading this from Adelaide) aren’t helping make spreadsheets to schedule kids: they provide comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services and information. And a small but vital part of that is abortion services, because not all pregnancies are welcome and not all sex is consensual.
Anyway, the US government have defunded the organisation as part of their increasingly strong anti-abortion policy, leaving them dependent on donations from citizens.
Like vice-president Mike Pence.
Now, to be clear Pence himself doesn’t support Planned Parenthood – heck, he won’t even have a meeting with a woman if his wife isn’t present, which suggests he has some colourfully odd ideas about non-men.
But there are many donations in his name flooding into the organisation, thanks to Ms Kunis who announced on Conan O’Brien’s show in 2017 that she was making a monthly donation to Planned Parenthood in the name of Mike Pence, in order that he’d get an automatic thank you every time.
“As a reminder that there are women out there in the world who may or may not agree with his platform, I put him on a list of recurring donations that are made in his name to Planned Parenthood. Every month, his office gets a little letter that says ‘an anonymous donation has been made in your name… it’s a peaceful protest.”
Since then thousands of Americans have followed the Mila Kunis example in donating to Planned Parenthood in Pence’s name, and frankly we’re down for it.
So, anyone looked at the Marie Stopes donations page and accidentally put Barnaby Joyce’s details in there? Just asking.