Regardless of your stance on abortion, you should find the stunt described in this post thoroughly appalling. It may even be a scam designed to extort a large sum of cash from unsuspecting dupes, which would be illegal, though frankly morally less reprehensible.
The story turns on a website that begins, “I am a twenty-six-year-old female and I am currently 7 weeks pregnant. I have every intention of having an abortion, but I’m giving you a chance to stop it.”
The writer, who chooses to remains anonymous, goes on to say she will cancel her abortion, currently scheduled for July 10, if she receives $1 million before that date:
On July 7th I will start accepting donations on this page. I will accept donations for 72 hours, the same amount of time this state currently requires a woman to wait after a consultation with a doctor until she can have an abortion.
If she has not reached her cash goal by the end of that period, she warns, she will proceed with the abortion and return every penny. If on the other hand, she receives the million, she will place the money in a trust fund for the child, whom she will put up for adoption. Easy peasy.
Her motivation, she claims, is selfless since the money will not belong to her. It is also unabashedly political. From her musings:
The backward direction this country is headed in terms of its treatment of women I feel is due in large part to the influence of the religious right disguised as the pro-life movement. The pro-life movement cares very little about saving lives and far more about controlling women by minimizing their choices in a wide variety of ways not the least of which is readily available reproductive health care.
Her goal may seem pure to her, but the plan of action she is undertaking is no less immoral than that of a kidnapper who threatens to kill an infant hostage unless a million-dollar ransom is paid out. To her small credit, she is not asking for small, unmarked bills to be placed in a hollow tree stump.
Toward the end of her spiel, she writes, “I will do my best to remain anonymous in this process as what I aim to prove has nothing to do with me personally.” Maybe she should wait and see how she feels in the event she is paid her pound of flesh and forced to carry the fetus to term. Seeing your newborn child has a strange way of exciting parental instincts you didn’t know you had.
Then again, I wouldn’t hold out much hope for this woman, who seems lost and confused. You almost have to wonder — once again, regardless of your stance on abortion — whether this is a child who be better off unborn.
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