GoFundMe Bans Crowd Funding For Abortions

But continues to allow pro-life campaigns.

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Crowdfunding for everyone—except women seeking abortions

We live in a world where the Internet has become an appropriate place to ask for people anything—restaurant recommendations, extra concert tickets, and of course, funding for your latest project, charitable endeavor or even, a medical procedure. As medical bills pile up, people have started to turn to crowd-funding websites like Kickstarter or GoFundMe to ease the expensive burden.

One Illinois woman took to GoFundMe, a site self-described as a place for 'personal emergencies,' for that exact purpose—but for a more controversial procedure. She started a campaign on the crowd funding site to raise money for an abortion. Soon after she posted the campaign, GoFundMe pulled the campaign because it contained "subject matter that GoFundMe would rather not be associated with." Previously, GoFundMe allowed other campaigns that dealt with sensitive subjects on a "case-by-case basis," representatives from the site told Salon. Now, in the site's recently revised guidelines, it states that all abortion-related fundraisers are banned. But this ban has a double standard: Anti-abortion campaigns still exist on the site. So it's only the pro-choice side of the debate that GoFundMe "would rather not be associated with."

Though controversial, the idea of crowd funding an abortion isn't actually so out there. If GoFundMe is going to block abortion fundraising, they need to play fair and forbid anti-abortion fundraising too.


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Diana Pearl

I'm an Associate Editor at the Business of Fashion, where I edit and write stories about the fashion and beauty industries. Previously, I was the brand editor at Adweek, where I was the lead editor for Adweek's brand and retail coverage. Before my switch to business journalism, I was a writer/reporter at PEOPLE.com, where I wrote news posts, galleries and articles for PEOPLE magazine's website. My work has been published on TheAtlantic.com, ELLE.com, MarieClaire.com, PEOPLE.com, GoodHousekeeping.com and in Every Day with Rachael Ray. It has been syndicated by Cosmopolitan.com, TIME.com, TravelandLeisure.com and GoodHousekeeping.com, among other publications. Previously, I've worked at VOGUE.com, ELLE.com, and MarieClaire.com.