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Should Faking Pregnancy Be Punishable by Law?

Fake pregnancies are quite the phenomenon. Beccah Beushausen, a social worker from Mokena, Ill, recently fooled more than a million readers with her blog of lies about her pregnancy with a terminally ill child. Now, ABC Family is preparing to air Lindsay Lohan's straight to cable flick, Labor Pains, about a secretary who fakes a baby bump to keep her job.

Women desire children for a variety of reasons — maternal instinct, to fill a void in their lives, to share their love or to keep pace with their mommy friends — but few pretend they are expecting to garner attention or perks or salvage relationships. Given the emotional toll fake pregnancies take on unsuspecting victims, do you think they should be considered a crime?


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reesiecup reesiecup 8 years
i wonder if there are laws or interpretations of related circumstances already. if you take advantage of any system under false pretenses, it should be considered fraud and be punishable. i think faking a pregnancy for any other reason should be dealt with among the offender and her victims. but if physical or emotional harm was caused due to the direct and intentional lie, it can be dealt with legally (like anything other flippant reason people sue).
jessy777 jessy777 8 years
If monetary gain was made from the fake pregnancy then that is fraud/theft and should be punished by law. However, if nothing was obtained, including goods and services, then I do not see how it can be a crime. Except in case of perjury you can't punish a lie. I think it takes a deeply emotionally and mentally disturbed person to do something like this.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
"sorry but if you got fooled, that's your problem" I hope you are never the victim of fraud Meigaku, because its one of the worst things a person can go through.
imdamoos imdamoos 8 years
If you die your hair blond, you're not lying about your hair color; you are blond; you became blond.
MeiGaku MeiGaku 8 years
lol this is like saying a brunette should be thrown in jail because a guy who fell for her thought she was blond due to a great coloring job. sorry but if you got fooled, that's your problem--emotionally or otherwise. and fraud is fraud, and we already have laws for that.
runningesq runningesq 8 years
In Maryland, theft over $500 and theft under $500 both include fruad by deception. The answer to this is: no. Should breaking someone's heart be a crime?
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i think that something needs to be done because it's clearly malicious and the person faking it has issues on their own. they are seeking to get something from someone and that's just not right.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 8 years
If someone fakes pregnancy to take advantage of other people and the system (get goods, etc), then yes, it's supposed to be a fraud and can be prosecuted. I mean, I watched some cases a woman pretended to be pregnant and promising 3 families to be able to adopt her 'baby' (fake). She received money, food, etc from 3 families (p.s. they didn't know that there are other families wanting the same 'baby') who are so hopeful about their future adoptive 'baby.' She needed to be persecuted for fraud, I think. 3 families out of money and broken-hearted after being strung along for 9 months. But as for fake blogs, a lot of people write fake blogs all the time, with different persona and all, as much as I don't like it, it may not be a crime yet to write fake blog about being pregnant.
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
no. but how odd to fake a pregnancy. seems like it would become obvious pretty quickly that you were lying. for a person hiding behind a fake blog name, that's one thing. but to say to people face-to-face "yes i'm expecting" and think you could pull it off? hello.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
i agree with totally depends on what they get out of the just cuz you lie on a blog and your readers believe you, that's not illegal. i can lie and blog and tell people i'm a hot 30 year old man and that's totally acceptable...but if you lie at work to get benefits or maternity leave then yes, that's bad...but i agree with the anonymous post that it doesn't need it's own law, it would be covered under fraud
schnappycat schnappycat 8 years
I think it depends on if the woman takes advantage of the system while faking the pregnancy. Like if she solicits money or other goods or services because of her "situation," then yes, it could be considered fraud.
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