Ever since the overturning of Roe v Wade, the national debate on the right to reproduce has seen a spike in debates and has once again polarized people and their opinions. There have also been plenty of hypocritical stands, one that this viral video highlights. A TikTok user who goes by the name of Lexi (@lexi.99), offered a Mormon student $500 to call his mom stating that he managed to impregnate a stripper as a part of a now viral prank.
The video starts with a text that says, “Remember that rich, white conservatives will ALWAYS have access to safe abortions and have no problem utilizing this privilege when it impacts them.” So far, the video has reached 1.9 million views.
When the student waged whether or not he should make the call, he mentioned that if he did go with the prank, his mother would likely freak out. He concluded to go on with the prank, rationalizing that “for $500, I think she’d forgive me.” He then proceeded to call his mother, who answered.
“Hey mom, can we talk?” The student nervously asked.
“Yeah, what’s going on?” she replies.
“I…got a stripper pregnant,” the student claimed. “This girl. I don’t know how it happened.”
“What’re you…are you freaking kidding me?” the now agitated mother responded.
The prank goes on with the Mormon student then asking his mother what he should do.
After the mother posed a question, how would the stripper know so fast that she was pregnant just to get a straight answer from her son Carson, she concluded with, “OK, well, tell her to go get an abortion.”
“For real?” Carson exclaimed, where his mother responded with a firm, “Yeah. Yeah.”
Once he decided that the prank went too far, he admitted to her that it was all just a prank and that he was getting paid for it. Once he gave her an apology and a sincere “I love you,” the student realized that his mother had hung up on him.
This was all filmed on a BYU campus located in Provo, Utah. “Utah has outlawed abortion, with exceptions in cases of rape, incest and to save the life of the woman, becoming one of eight states to have an abortion ban take effect on Friday after the court rescinded the constitutional right to an abortion,” according to the New York Times.
The backlash to the video came in the form of comments expressing their views on how the mother thought that it was okay for him to abort the child to protect his future, regardless of the fact that Mormonism explicitly prohibits it.
Utah Rep. Karianne Lisonbee came under scrutiny for claiming that “women can control the intake of semen during intercourse.”
“I do trust women enough to control when they allow a man to ejaculate inside of them and to control that intake of semen,” Lisonbee mentions. She did, however, address the cases of rape and situations when their health is in danger. In those cases, Utah will allow women to go on with the abortion procedure, said report.
“Women do not have a choice when they are raped and have protections under Utah’s trigger law. My first statement in the press conference made clear the actions I have taken to pass bills that provide legal protection and recourse to victims of assault.”