‘Pay me $1 million and I won’t go through with my abortion’
Regardless of your stance on abortion, you should find this story (stunt, really) thoroughly appalling. At woman who identifies herself as 26 years old and 7 weeks pregnant has revealed her intention to abort her fetus. But, she notes, she is willing to alter her plans … for a price. That price is $1 million dollars.
At a website she set up, the anonymous female explains that on July 7 she will start accepting donations electronically and will continue to do so for 72 hours. If by that time, she has not reached her cash goal, she will return every penny and proceed with the abortion, which has been chalked in for July 10.
If on the other hand, she receives the million, she will place the money in trust for the child, whom she plans to put up for adoption.
Her motivation, she claims, is selfless since the money will not belong to her. It is also political. She writes, “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.”
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