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‘I Needed to Do Something’: Tattoo Artists Stage Abortion Fund Drive

Artists and shops across the US will aim to raise money for the National Network of Abortion Funds. 

A volunteer with a "Clinic Escort" tattoo outside the EMW Women's Surgical Center in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021. 

A volunteer with a "Clinic Escort" tattoo outside the EMW Women's Surgical Center in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021. 

Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

In just a few weeks, Krista Reid turned an idea to use tattoos as a way to help abortion seekers into reality. 

The owner of Oak & Iron Salon and Tattoo, a tattoo shop in Buffalo, New York, started the call for the “My Body My Choice” flash tattoo event in June, shortly after the US Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade. On Sunday, more than 150 tattoo and piercing shops will open their doors to raise donations for nonprofits that help abortion seekers who can’t pay for their care. The drive, which will benefit the National Network of Abortion Funds — or NNAF, which distributes money to its 92 member funds.