CLEVELAND -- Some people have allegedly used them to trick husbands
and boyfriends. Many people think they are a cultural low. Whatever your
opinion, there is no denying the explosion of items on the market to
help women fake pregnancies.
The ads are straightforward. One on
Craigslist from Ocala, Florida, says "I'm pregnant and willing to sell
you my pee or positive pregnancy test." For just $10 it could be yours.
Another Craigslist posts says, "I am currently pregnant and am willing
to sell the positive pregnancy test to any women in need of it...no
questions asked!!!!" her listing says.
According to a pregnant woman who doesn't want to be identified there's a market for them.
A camera crew from First Coast News, our Gannett sister station in
Jacksonville, Florida, drove to meet the woman outside a gas station in
Orlando. They gave the woman two unopened pregnancy tests. She took them
into the bathroom and walked out a short time later. In exchange for
$25 she gave them two positive pregnancy tests.
The disclaimer on
the woman's post says the tests are for prank purposes only and not for
anyone under 18. She declined to talk on camera but did agree to a phone
"Obviously even if it is a prank is to make them think
they are pregnant, that's the purpose of the prank, but there's no way
that it would go further. Hopefully, if their significant other was
intelligent enough, they would go to the doctor's office with them," she
But you don't need a pregnant woman to get your hands
on a positive pregnancy test. A listing on eBay has a video
demonstrating how the bogus tests work. "This is plain tap water. Any
liquid will trigger this test to come up positive" The fine print says,
"These tests could potentially cause emotional stress or negative
consequence if used irresponsibly. You, the purchaser acknowledge and
warrant that you are 100% responsible for any adverse reaction or
damages incurred by inappropriate use."
So are they illegal?
my understanding it's legal to sell them but the people who are buying
them are buying them for deceptive purposes," said adoption attorney
Michael Shorstein. He explained when it crosses the line. "It comes in
when the person who has bought it and knows they are not pregnant goes
to use it to procure funds. That is deception. It's illegal."
says the sale of these controversial items has become prolific and
directly impacts how he and many in the adoption arena now do business.
are petrified because of all of this material is out there. When a
mother comes to us now, we will no longer accept medical records or any
other information directly from her. We will now send a release directly
to the doctor or lab so we get it from them. We don't trust anything we
get from an individual," Shorstein said.
It's not just parents
trying to adopt who could be impacted. Shorstein says the fake items
could be used to pressure a boyfriend into marriage, get money from
family or friends, and more. "It can affect people in a number of ways.
One financially. Number two, emotionally because people who buy it can
also go to their employer for example if they know their job is in
jeopardy. If someone came to me as an employer and said 'I'm pregnant,'
well, all of a sudden a job that was insecure becomes secure."
the click of a mouse you can order fake bellies to make it look like
you are pregnant, even fake DNA tests, prescription bottles and
authentic looking ultrasounds that can be customized with your doctor's
name and your personal information.
Shorstein has a word of
warning for anyone thinking of buying a positive test. "Don't. It's
illegal it's a crime and you can go to jail," warned Shorstein. First
for you, Shorstein says a victim could ultimately go after the person
who sold the questionable pregnancy tests or fake documents. His advice
is don't sell them and don't buy them, and if someone claims to be
pregnant and you have doubts he says get an independent pregnancy test
which is very inexpensive and could save you a lot of heartache and