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Thursday, February 16, 2012


Recession. Tough economic times. We all hear about it. All the time. It’s daunting and scary. Many have lost jobs. Unemployment rate has increased. It impacts clients, too; it’s harder to come up with money for abortions now. I used to hear that patients were able to borrow money more easily from friends and family than they are able to now. More and more, you hear how people’s support networks are being drained. Women have to be more creative with raising funds…like in the photo at the beginning of this post.

I think having a keg party to raise money for an abortion is one of the most brilliant ideas I’ve ever heard and I’m so going to tell all my patients who need money for their procedure about it! The thing is, though it’s funny, the keg abortion fundraiser probably was a real event. There’s a website called Texts From Last Night where you can submit funny (most likely real) text messages. Those that are especially humorous get posted by area code. You can also search under many keywords, like abortion. Love it!

A shortlist of some of the more creative ideas I’ve heard from patients for raising money are:
1) Yard Sale
2) Bake Sale
3) Church collection
4) Student loans
5) Tax returns
6) Borrowing small amounts of money from multiple people (like $25 from four people = $100)
7) Selling rims from a car
8) Selling stuff off Craigslist
9) Braiding hair/hairstyling (utilizing a talent to earn extra money on the side)
10) Cleaning houses

Sadly, we hear about all the tragic things people have to do, too, like sell food stamps, their wedding/engagement ring, their kids’ toys, etc. Hopefully some of these ideas will help your patients come up with creative ways to save money towards their abortion…

Any other suggestions?

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