July 09, 2007
by: jovial_cynic
A friend recently referred me to this site (link removed), where some couple have set up a "give us $50,000 or we'll abort our baby" project.

Here's the main content of their site:

As happens to many young couples, my girlfriend and I have found ourselves confronted with a decision to make about having a child, and we're not sure what to do. There are many options available to us, and a difficult evaluation of the responsibilities and obligations, as well as the joys, that come with raising a child.

Our two real options are either having and raising the child, or aborting. While we'd like to think that adoption is a viable option for us, my girlfriend doesn't believe that she'd be able to give up a child after giving birth to it, and that's not something I'm going to pressure us into doing. We also don't want to be subconsciously resentful of a child that we kept when we weren't ready for it. If we're not ready to raise it, we're not going to bring a baby into the world.

Because of the state we're in, we have about three months to make a decision one way or the other. Right now, we're leaning toward abortion. We're simply not financially secure enough to ensure that we can bring up a kid in the environment it would deserve. It's not that we're poor, we just don't have the stability that we think having a baby necessitates.

Please don't mis-understand, it's not that we _want_ to abort the baby. Although neither of us is particularly pro-life, we don't want to have to have an abortion. We think we'd be pretty good parents, and we both would enjoy raising a kid. We're both from pretty good stock, well educated and intelligent. We'd be able to raise the child in a good environment, teach it right, keep it out of trouble, and introduce a new productive member of humanity to the world. Our kid won't grow up and rob you.

Right now, we just can't afford it, which is why we're here, on this site. We've crunched some numbers, and we believe that, to really set ourselves up in a good environemnt for the baby, we need $50,000. That'll give us the down payment on a decent house, get us a car that runs reliably, allow us to save away a little for the baby's college fund, cover any medical bills (she's uninsured), and give us a little buffer while she's not working.


It comes down to this. If we can't raise the $50,000 in the next 3 months, we'll have to choose abortion. We don't like it, and we don't like the nature of our appeal, but it is what it is. We're asking you to donate money to us using the link to your left. Anything you can give would be appreciated.

Well that's special. How these people think they'd be "good parents" when they're holding their unborn child ransom is unfathomable. Disgusting.

UPDATE: As pointed out by the comment below, the link turned out to be a fake, and the site has been replaced with some disgusting images of aborted fetuses. I guess that's better than what the original page claimed.
np category: personal


The Conservative Manifesto said:

There was never a baby, you got fooled, no money was collected. 200,000 people got pranked.

Suck it."

Pretty gross way to make a point, if you ask me.

So you're anti-abortion? Another topic on which we agree?

July 10, 2007

jovial_cynic said:
That's a VERY broad topic, and I'm convinced that a yes/no answer to the question wouldn't even begin to explain my actual position on the subject.

We may have to first start by defining abortion, and at what stage are we talking about. Personally, I subscribe to the notion that life doesn't actually begin until the fertilized egg is embedded in the uterus, at the least. Maybe even slightly later, depending on what biological triggers begin to take place after that point. So at a minimum, we're talking about 6 or 7 days after fertilization.

That said, I'm perfectly fine with the idea of the morning-after pill (although I'm not a huge fan of chemically altering the body for any purpose), because it occurs long before the egg reaches the uterus.

July 10, 2007

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