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Many people share pregnancy news on social media, but one woman’s alleged announcement included a disturbing twist.

A Twitter user by the name of Saipanting attempted to goad followers into retweeting a photo 4,000 times by threatening to abort an unborn baby.

As the Mirror points out, the move seemed like a play for attention, but it worked — the photo received over 10,000 retweets.

It is not known who the actual woman in the photo is or if the threat was legitimate. However, the claim upset social media followers all the same:

Many commenters questioned the veracity of the photo, suggesting that it was a sick prank. However, as the Mirror notes, the photo was cause for concern because pregnancy news was used as a way to “trivialize” abortion.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 664,435 legal induced abortions were reported from 49 reporting areas in 2013. In January 2017, NPR reported that the abortion rate in the United States the next year was the lowest it had ever been since 1973.

While abortions rates are declining, the experience of abortion is no less painful for those who have gone through it. In an article for Psych Central, Trudy M. Johnson, M.A., LMFT wrote that common feelings for women who have had abortions include relief and deep sadness — often at the same time:

Imagine dealing with thoughts like “what made me so relieved also made me sadder than I’ve ever been and what made me sadder than I’ve ever been actually gave me relief.” This thought pattern has no positive return for the person stuck in it.

Johnson further explained what happens when a person is caught between their feelings:

It is this tension of emotions — relief and sadness — that disrupts a woman’s overall life and well-being. Unless she finds a safe place to talk and cry she will probably live her life with a mask on, keeping her secret neatly tucked away out of fear, condemnation or invalidation.

As for how many Americans feel about the issue of abortion, 10,000 retweets seems to mean something. 

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