Blogger exposed for hoax of birthing terminally ill baby

Beccah Beushausen is living proof that you can’t – nor should – believe everything you read on the Internet, particularly in the blogosphere.

Beushausen duped thousands of sympathetic anti-abortion advocates and Christians in general by writing in her blog about wanting to give birth to “April Rose.”
April was supposed to be the 26-yearold Mokena, Ill., woman’s baby to be born although terminally ill.

Beushausen had posted repeatedly about her desire to give birth to April despite the consequences. She claimed she gave birth on June 7th.

It was all a lie.

Other bloggers exposed her when she posted a photo of a lifelike doll on her blog.

Beushausen confessed to the Chicago Tribune her story was an attention-grabbing hoax. She wrote in an apology post she had “lost babies” more than once, but didn’t elaborate how. She received baby gifts from well-wishers, which she said she will donate to charity.

She said she made no monetary profit off of it.

Among those drawn in by Beushausen’s scheme was Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, a charity which does, among other things, free photo shoots of pregnant moms with terminally ill babies. Beushausen faked looking pregnant for the photos.

Being angry at Beushausen is easy. She says she is an artist. If this was some twisted form of performance art or if she truly has psychological strain from previous abortions, miscarriages or a young child’s death, she needs prayer and professional help more than condemnation.


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