The popular crowd funding website GoFundMe has announced a change in policy which will prohibit all fund-raising related to abortion — all that is except for those related to anti-abortion activities.
The campaign for an unemployed Illinois woman known only as “Bailey” — who was trying to raise $2,500 for a medically necessary abortion — was not only pulled from the site, but GoFundMe also announced that they will not disperse $1,100 already raised to help her.
If you look for Bailey’s campaign, all you’ll find is this:
In view of the wording of the ban it is interesting that several anti-abortion campaigns are still on the site. Advocating for Women & Girls at the UN which is an effort to raise money for a trip to New York to speak to the U.N. for a woman whose group, Americans Against Forced Abortion suggests that most abortions are the result of someone else forcing the woman to undergo abortion.
Salon reports that “Help Replace Planned Parenthood …. the largest abortion provider in the world,” “Walk for Women and the Preborn” and “Personhood Booths at Alabama Festivals” all anti-abortion campaigns remain on the site.
GoFundMe’s policy update lists as prohibited content related to the termination of life:
- Suicides or assisted suicides
- Abortions (human or animal)
- Ending the life of an animal
- Content associated with or relating to any of the items above.
In an email response to questions raised by Salon GoFundMe said in part:
“As part of the revised Acceptable Use Policy, we will review the specific purpose of a given fundraising campaign in order to arrive at a decision that is best for the GoFundMe brand and community. At this time, GoFundMe makes no distinction and places no restrictions on a pro-life or pro-choice group’s ability to fundraise for rallies or protests.”
Among topics that the site is lumping the campaign by “Bailey” to raise money for a medically necessary abortion in with are, “Hurtful or hateful language, Bigotry, racism, sexism, profanity, Treasonous behavior and Sorcery, unexplained sciences or absurd claims.”
“Bailey” had continued to accept funds via Pay Pal on another site, but that site, too, has disappeared.
h/t: Raw Story