GoFundMe Withholds Money Pro-Life Group Raised to Help Single Moms

National   Micaiah Bilger   May 15, 2020   |   7:11PM    Washington, DC

A leading Canadian pro-life advocate recently accused GoFundMe of withholding money that her organization raised to help three struggling mothers and their babies.

Laura Klassen of Choice42, the Canadian pro-life organization known for its comical pink-haired feminist videos, said they raised more than $2,700 through the fundraising website for the three single moms, according to Faithwire.

On April 17, however, Klassen said the GoFundMe Trust and Security Team flagged their fundraiser, supposedly because one of the recipients is a mother from Zimbabwe. She said the team told her that “the intended recipient for our campaign’s donations was located in a country that is not supported by their payment processors.” The other two mothers are in the United States and Canada.

“They wanted to know our action plan for getting the money to this woman [in Zimbabwe], which we promptly sent,” Klassen continued. “We went back and forth with them for about a week, and then we were told that the money was unlocked. It was not.”

More than 10 days passed before she heard from the company again, according to the report.

“These are time sensitive situations and we were not able to wait,” she said. “The women were becoming extremely stressed and one of our team members, who is unpaid, like the rest of the Choice42 Team, ended up fronting the money.”

Here’s more from the report:

The first woman, who lives in Zimbabwe, doesn’t have any family support and has no money, according to Klassen. The cash for her would have given her the opportunity to deliver her baby in a hospital and “afford the essentials for a newborn.” The second is a woman living in Canada who is in the process of becoming a citizen. Klassen said she and her daughter “are slipping through the cracks” and they need the money for rent and groceries. The third woman is a soon-to-be mother in the U.S. who became pregnant as a result of rape. She is living in a trailer with no air conditioning and has no family support.

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Klassen said they do not plan to use GoFundMe again.

Though Klassen is well known for her videos poking fun at pro-abortion feminist arguments, her organization also provides support for women and babies in need. The mission of Choice42 is to raise awareness about the humanity of pre-born babies and to provide support to women facing unplanned pregnancies. The Canadian organization also offers resources to post-abortive women.

GoFundMe has received criticism from pro-lifers in the past. In 2019, the company created a campaign to raise money for pro-abortion groups, including Planned Parenthood, the National Network of Abortion Funds and the American Civil Liberties Union. GoFundMe donated $25,000 to the pro-abortion fundraiser.

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