'Abortion Art' a Hoax, Yale Says

Student maintains that she impregnated herself over and over
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 18, 2008 11:00 AM CDT
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(Newser) – When Yale art student Aliza Shvarts said she’d impregnated herself “as often as possible,” aborted all the results, and intended to display the resulting menstrual blood, people got a bit upset. Students gathered in protest as the story blazed across a disgusted blogosphere. One problem: It was all made up. Yale said yesterday the piece was a “creative fiction,” the Washington Post reports.

Schvarts denied the statement, saying she really did inseminate herself, though because the miscarriages coincided with her normal menstrual cycle it’s impossible to know if she ever became pregnant. But take those denials with a grain of salt. “She said if Yale puts out a statement saying she did not do this, she would say Yale was doing that to protect its reputation,” said a university spokeswoman.