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10/01/2015 11:02 EDT | Updated 09/30/2016 05:12 EDT

Children's Author Lemony Snicket Donates $1 Million To Planned Parenthood

NEW YORK — The children's author known as Lemony Snicket says he's donating $1 million to Planned Parenthood.

Daniel Handler made the announcement this week on his Twitter feed, @DanielHandler. He notes the donation to the women's health care provider is on behalf of him and his wife, illustrator Lisa Brown. He says they've been very fortunate and "good fortune should be shared with noble causes."

House Republicans in Washington have been trying to cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood. They cite its practice of supplying tissue from aborted fetuses for scientific research.

Planned Parenthood defends the practice as the legal donation of tissue to research firms. It says the not-for-profit tissue donation programs support lifesaving scientific research.

Handler's Lemony Snicket novels, "A Series of Unfortunate Events," have sold millions of copies.

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