Pro-life fiction online

The unmarried mother’s story about giving birth to a child diagnosed as terminally ill in the womb hit a major nerve on the Internet….There was only one problem with the unfolding tragedy: None of it was true.

Now there are a whole lot of Christian pro-lifers who feel they’ve been had by Beccah Beushausen, a 26 year old social worker.

“I feel emotionally exploited,” said Jennifer McKinney, a Minnesota mom who runs the widely read Christian parenting blog mycharmingkids.net and nearly lost her fourth child during pregnancy.

Nobody likes to be lied to, but “emotionally exploited” sounds like “black” in pot-speak. How would Beushausen’s need for attention be more legitimate if she had an actual current pregnancy instead of a past failed pregnancy? This isn’t about her at all. You don’t get a million web hits because people are looking for somebody to feel sorry for. The pro-life community wanted to hear this particular kind of narrative, to believe there were people with such courage. Beushausen was willing to provide it, and apparently did so very well. They wanted a vicarious experience, perhaps because they didn’t think they could bear the real thing. It was an accident, unintentional, but Beushausen was the exploited one, whose words were used because others found them useful. Their response encouraged her lie.

The proper response would have been the same regardless of the truth: pray for Beccah Beushausen, and for the society that created her, a society where facts are subservient to feelings.

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