Post link 03 July 2015, 19:37
Pregnant student gives anti-abortion campaigners 72 hours to pay her £642k - or she'll have a termination

16:47, 3 JULY 2015 BY RUTH HALKON mirror.co.uk

The anonymous woman has given pro-lifers 72 hours to pay the money, in protest at restrictive US abortion laws

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A pregnant graduate student has sparked fierce debate after she challenged pro-life campaigners to pay her $1million (£642k) in 72 hours to stop her having an abortion.

In an essay, "How much will you pay to stop an abortion?", the 26-year-old hits out repressive abortion laws and says she has every intention to terminate her foetus.

But in a challenge to the anti-abortion brigade to put their money where their mouth is, she has said if they pay her the money she will keep the baby, give it up for adoption and put the money in a trust fund.

If she is not given the money, she will go ahead with the abortion on July 10 and return all the money.

She writes in the page: "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."



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Challenge: Her essay gives Americans 72 hours to pay for her to keep her child

Her essay has sparked a social media storm, as pro-lifers have branded her "psychopath" and a "murderer" for "holding her baby to ransom".

However others have said, if she is genuine, she is a "genius" who is making an important point about repressive abortion laws.

The American said she had chosen to run the campaign for 72 hours in reference to repressive laws passed in a number of US states, notably Utah and Misouri.

These force woman to have an in-person appointment at an abortion clinic, wait three days and return for the procedure itself.

She wrote: "I'm enrolled in a graduate program in a state that very recently passed extremely restrictive abortion laws that impose unnecessary waiting time to get an abortion and attempt to enforce rules that bypass the doctor/patient privacy privilege.

"I now feel more comfortable traveling to my home state to get an abortion than I do trying to get one here."

The graduate student said she was motivated to do the stunt by "backwards" steps in the treatment of women in the US which she blamed on the religious right trying to control women by pretending to show concern for foetuses.

She said: "The pro-life movement cares very little about saving lives and far more about controlling women by minimising their choices in a wide variety of ways not the least of which is readily available reproductive health care."

Her aim, she said, was to force the pro-life campaigners to prove they care about the life of a child and not about controlling women.

She concluded: "Mathematically this means that every one of the 157 million Americans that identify as pro-life needs to donate less than one cent to stop this abortion.

"I will do my best to remain anonymous in this process as what I aim to prove has nothing to do with me personally.

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Choice: If the money is paid she will keep the baby, have it adopted and put the money in a trust fund

"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."

People have taken to Twitter to express their views on both sides of the debate.

March for Life @‏March_for_Life: tweeted: "She is literally putting a dollar amount on the head of a human being."

James in Alabama @JamesBham said: " Are there some law enforcement officers that can do something about this ransomed death threat to a child?"

While Denise Russell branded her a "psychopath" and urged her to be charged with "extortion".

But one user, who calls herself Feminist activist ‏@ProWomanChoice said: "T his is genius. Are " prolife" really for life, or just pro-control?"

CML @‏CMLisAwesome wrote: "what a hero! my only criticism is she should have asked for more."

While David J. Atkinson @‏dontmeanathing praised her stunt as "a clever way to make a point about coercive intrusion by government into women's health, true or not".


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