A new website has issued a challenge claiming to be from a seven-week pregnant woman, who says that she plans to have an abortion on July 10 — unless she raises $1 million in online donations. The site claims that the money will be used solely for the baby, which she will give up for adoption, placing the million bucks into a trust fund for the child.
What’s going on here? Is the new site — which goes by the domain name prolifeantiwoman.com — a new method of high-tech extortion for the Internet age, with an anonymous woman holding an unborn baby for ransom?
Sort of. At least according to the site — as its choice of domain name would indicate — the point is to make a political statement about abortion rights, challenging members of the anti-abortion, or “pro-life,” movement, to back up their views with cash.
The woman identifies herself only as a 26-year-old graduate student in one of the four states that require a woman to undergo a 72-hour “waiting period” before obtaining a legal abortion. While she offers no evidence that she actually is who she says she is, she — or whoever created the site — makes her intentions in starting the $1 million donation project clear.
[Note that the above image is a stock photo, not an image of the fetus the site’s creator claims to carry.]
She does not believe that backers of the pro-life movement are willing to part with their cash to save the life of an unborn child, even though, she says, “every one of the 157 million Americans that identify as pro-life needs to donate less than one cent to stop this abortion.”
The four states that require the 72-hour wait to receive an abortion are Utah, North Carolina, South Dakota, and Missouri.
“I hope to give the American public a concrete example that the conservative right in America doesn’t actually care about the life of a child, they care about controlling the lives and choices of women… We have to acknowledge this and we have to stop it.”
She also says that though her abortion appointment is not until July 10, she will accept donations only for 72 hours, starting July 7 — because that is the same amount of time her state of residence requires a woman to wait before an abortion appointment after an initial doctor visit.
“If one million dollars is raised in those 72 hours then I’ll have the baby, give it up for adoption and every cent of that one million dollars will be put in a trust fund for the child, which he or she will have access to when they turn 21,” the site claims. But if the total amount falls short of the $1 million, she says, she will accept none of the money and go ahead with her planned abortion.
The site’s domain name is registered through anonymousspeech.com, a service that provides anonymous email, and other online services for people who desire to shield their identities, making it impossible to determine whether the site’s author really is a 26-year-old woman who plans to abort her baby, or an internet prankster trying to make a point.
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