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Sat, 06-13-2009 - 2:59am

April's Mom Blogger Admits Anti-Abortion Baby Blog Was Elaborate Hoax


MOKENA, Ill. (AP) -- The story was compelling: An unmarried Illinois mother chose to carry her terminally ill child to term rather than have an abortion because of her deep Christian faith.


It was all a hoax.


For two months, the suburban Chicago woman wrote about her pregnancy, her fears and her hopes on a blog that drew nearly a million hits to her Web site. Followers promised to pray for her and her baby, April Rose. They sent letters and gifts to a post office box she listed online.


But when "April's Mom" wrote on Sunday that her baby had died hours after being delivered at home - and posted photos - supporters soon realized they'd been duped.


One of the followers recognized the "baby" swaddled in white blankets as a lifelike doll that she had in her own home.


"As soon as I saw that picture, I knew it was a scam," said Elizabeth Russell, a doll maker from Buffalo.


There never was a pregnancy, only a 26-year-old social worker named Beccah Beushausen from suburban Mokena who said she always liked to write. Angry followers on dozens of Christian parenting Web sites helped expose Beushausen's identity.


Beushausen's Web site had been removed by Friday, and an address listed for a Rebeccah Beushausen in Mokena didn't include a phone number.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/06/12/aprils-mom-blogger-admits_n_214745.html

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Registered: 04-20-2009
Wed, 06-17-2009 - 1:49pm
It seems this woman was able to really captivate her readers. I don't understand why she didn't just write a novel. It seems she'd be good at coming up with fictional stories.
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Wed, 06-17-2009 - 2:10am

Thanks. This entire

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Tue, 06-16-2009 - 11:59am

Hi :)

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Tue, 06-16-2009 - 9:02am
Great minds and all that jazz ;-)
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Tue, 06-16-2009 - 7:45am

I needn't have bothered posting, lol! What you said.


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Registered: 02-06-2009
Tue, 06-16-2009 - 7:44am

My god, what a horrible thing to do! What about the people who really HAVE been in that situation and have had to make those choices for real? How dare she belittle their pain in this way.


Ugh!


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Mon, 06-15-2009 - 10:46pm

Gosh, how can women like her

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Registered: 04-15-2006
Mon, 06-15-2009 - 10:30am

That is very sad.

I still find it touching that other people are so willing to reach out to someone they don't know, but its just too bad that in this case they were tricked.

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Registered: 04-20-2009
Mon, 06-15-2009 - 12:09am

We had a woman on our PG just do this sort of thing. She was with us the whole time we were an EC and she supposedly had a healthy baby to join the 2 DDs she already have. I do think those 3 kids are real, but who can be sure? She claimed to immediately become pregnant with twins and then started saying she was suffering from seizures and the doctors couldn't figure out what was causing them. When the doctors told her she had to have an abortion to save herself, she said she'd rather die than abort her babies. And then her "husband" posted to say that she'd fallen in a coma and wasn't going to recover.

One woman on our board was so distraught, she offered to fly out to help the husband take care of the children. Anyway, after some digging around and contacting some of this woman's MySpace friends, it turns out the whole twin pregnancy was fake. I have no idea what would possess a woman to post with a board for over a year and then come up with that ridiculous story! Nuts!

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Sun, 06-14-2009 - 11:48pm

Yes the "Matthew" baby


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