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The Online Fundraiser So Controversial GoFundMe Shut It Down: ‘Not Appropriate for Our Site’

"...rather not be associated with."

GoFundMe has terminated the online fundraiser of a woman seeking funds to pay for an abortion. (Image source: GoFundMe via Life News)

Crowdfunding website GoFundMe shut down the campaign of an Illinois women to raise money online to fund an abortion late last week.

GoFundMe has terminated the online fundraiser of a woman seeking funds to pay for an abortion. (Image source: GoFundMe via Life News) GoFundMe has terminated the online fundraiser of a woman seeking funds to pay for an abortion. (Image source: GoFundMe via Life News)

In an email obtained by The Daily Dot, GoFundMe told Bailey — whose last name is unknown — that her fundraiser, titled "Stop Bailey From Breeding Fund," contained material the company would "rather not be associated with."

"We're sorry to inform you that after careful review, GoFundMe has determined that your campaign is not appropriate for our site," an email from the website to Bailey said. "Accordingly, your GoFundMe account has been removed and your campaign is no longer visible on GoFundMe."

After it was reported the woman was asking for money to fund an abortion, the website came under pressure to remove the fundraiser.

Bailey had previously asked for money, saying she was "unemployed, completely broke, in debt, and in no position to hold down a job due to severe symptoms of a rough, unplanned and unexpected pregnancy."

“Aside from having no desire to raise a child, she is economically unstable and can barely afford to support herself, which means having enough money to pay rent, smoke cigarettes, drink rockstar, support her friends in prison, and if she’s really busted her ass, maybe go to a show or two," her fundraiser said.

In an interview with Vice News, Bailey said she was experiencing complications with her pregnancy, which was 19 weeks along.

"It’s just been really, really painful," she said. "Like I said, I just got the ultrasound done and haven’t really been to the doctor very much, so I can’t say there’s a specific condition, but I know that it’s worse than any menstrual cramps I’ve ever had. Sometimes the pain is so bad that I can’t get out of bed, and I can’t go to the bathroom.

According to The Daily Dot, Bailey was notified by a follow-up email hours later that the money she did raise would ultimately be forwarded to her. A friend of the woman said she is scheduled to carry out her abortion this week.

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