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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