Daniel Handler, the American writer known for his children’s books and his “Series of Unfortunate Events” written under the pen name of Lemony Snicket, has pledged to give the embattled non-profit organization Planned Parenthood a donation of one million dollars.
Handler, along with his wife and book illustrator Lisa Brown, tweeted that they have been “very fortunate” financially, and therefore should share their fortune with Planned Parenthood – a good cause.
“@lisabrowndraws & I are giving 1 million dollars to @PPFA. We’ve been very fortunate, and good fortune should be shared with noble causes,” Handler tweeted on Sept. 28.
According to BuzzFeed, Brown said they have been supporting Planned Parenthood for some time, and she played on the title of their popular book series when announcing their seven-figure donation.
“My husband and I have supported Planned Parenthood for years, for obvious reasons,” she said. “It’s a great organization that has provided top-quality health care for countless women and families in our lives. This year, Planned Parenthood has gone through a series of unfortunate events, and it felt right to make our support more public and more dramatic.”
This week, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards was called to appear before Congress to answer questions from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform about her organization and accusations that Planned Parenthood profits illegally by selling fetal tissue.
Adds MSN: “Republican lawmakers rapidly assailed Richards with accusations over her salary, Planned Parenthood’s travel expenses, and the activities of the group’s political action committee. Throughout the contentious hearing, Richards defended the women’s health organization as a critical provider of STD testing and contraceptive care for millions of Americans, while noting that the majority of its federal funding arrives in the form of Medicaid reimbursements for legitimate medical care.”