April’s Mom blogger ran an anti-abortion website. She told of being a single mom, pregnant with a terminally ill baby, who refused to have an abortion because of her deep Christian faith.
Followers prayed for her and her baby. They sent gifts and letters to a post office box. They followed and supported her for 2 months. Then on Sunday ‘April’ was delivered at home and supposedly died. April’s Mom posted pictures. Soon a few of the followers realized they had been duped. It was all a hoax. Social worker Rebeccah Beushausen supposedly was April’s mom. She admitted to getting addicted to the attention of the followers.
There was no baby. A doll maker recognized that ‘Baby April’ was a life-like doll. Stories are surfacing all over the internet over this hoax:
Beushausen said she started the blog in March to help recover from the loss of a son shortly after his birth in 2005, but then became addicted to the attention it was generating.
“Soon I was getting 100,000 hits a week, and it just got out of hand,” Beushausen told the Chicago Tribune for a story Friday. “I didn’t know how to stop. … One lie led to another.”
Supporters said they were drawn by their own beliefs, a desire the support the woman, known only as “B” or “April’s Mom,” and her beautiful writing. Now they just feel used.
“I feel emotionally exploited,” said Jennifer McKinney of Minnesota, who now said it seems Beushausen seemed overly concerned with attracting hits to her Web site. McKinney, who writes a Christian blog, said Beushausen asked for help promoting her blog.
There is no evidence Beushausen committed a crime or received any significant financial gain.
She said she plans to write one final blog, to apologize.
“I know what I did was wrong,” said Beushausen, who said she’s been getting hate mail. “I’m sorry because people were so emotionally involved.”
How cruel to deceive people in this way. How cruel to the right-to-life folks who became all emotionally wrought up with April. How deceptive to the pro-choice people by spreading misinformation. It was just dead wrong. Spreading information for one’s own political purposes is just dead wrong, whether for anti-abortion, pro-choice, anti-immigration or for any political purposes. Next thing we know someone will be fear-mongering over the swine flu and trying to scare people into fearing certain segments of our population. Say it ain’t so!