Anti-Abortion Blogger Admits Hoax

"I've always liked writing. It was addictive to find out I had a voice that people wanted to hear," Beushausen said. "Soon, I was getting 100,000 hits a week, and it just got out of hand."

"I didn't know how to stop," she added. "One lie led to another."

That apology is little solace to thousands of bloggers who followed her posts nightly, sending in prayers and mailing gifts.

"I'm still feeling a lot of hate towards her," said Jacki Gallagher, a 30-year-old blogger from British Columbia who followed the site from early on.

"Reading her site was part of my life. I hand make toys and was ready to send something, because she had moved me so much. She wrote beautifully and that was really the seller. She didn't just make short posts, she put a lot of time an effort into this," Gallagher said.

Beushausen told the Tribune that she did not make much money from the site and that she encouraged people to make donations to an Illinois ministry and pregnancy clinic called PASS.

"We never had any direct contact with this woman and we are investigating," said Rick Ligthart, executive director of PASS. "We know of one, at least, donation related to this hoax and we want to make sure we do the right thing.

"This lie is another indication of the brokenness this country's moral fabric," he said.

The one known donation received by PASS came from Ryan and Raechel Myers. Raechel Myers and Beushausen attended college together and the couple printed and sold T-shirts to raise funds.

The couple also reportedly donated at least $300 to Beushausen.

Making the deception all the more painful, the couple reportedly lost a child to the same illness Beushuasen claimed April had.

"She robbed the story from her friends. It's just sick," said Russell Myers.

In recent days, the blog had begun to surface ads offered through a network of women's blogs called BlogHer.

According to the company, Beushausen had yet to receive payment for showing the ads on her site and would not.

"This blogger violated our editorial guidelines and, as such, is no longer a member of our publishing network. She has never received payment from BlogHer, and won't," said Lisa Stone, CEO of BlogHer, in a statement.

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