Couple asks Internet users whether or not they should abort their child
Minneapolis couple says Web site is inspired by Democracy
A Minneapolis couple is asking the users of the World Wide Web whether or not they should abort their unborn child. The couple insists that it's not a joke, and is genuinely seeking reaction and response to their request.
Pete and Alisha Arnold, with their Web site birthornot.com says that the Internet voting will close just before the twentieth week of the pregnancy -- and thus the window of time for a legal abortion) ends.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Pete and Alisha Arnold, with their Web site birthornot.com says that the Internet voting will close just before the twentieth week of the pregnancy -- and thus the window of time for a legal abortion) ends. The Arnolds will then have two days to make their personal decision.
"Voting is such an important part of who we are as people," Pete explains. "Here's a chance where people can be heard about whether they are pro-choice or whether they are pro-life, and it makes a difference in the real world." But don't get too drunk with power here: "It's kind of like Congress. They might vote for something, but the president has the final veto," he says.
The Arnolds' poll has been spammed multiple times already by users of 4Chan piling on votes for the "have an abortion" option. There are also people who may think the poll's very existence is probably a pretty clear answer to the question at hand.
"We wanted to give people a chance to voice their opinions in a real situation where it makes a difference," Alisha Arnold says.
"I wanted to wait longer because I was losing weight and living a healthier lifestyle," she said. "I wasn't sure what to do."
Hence, the poll. "We are using it to help determine our decision, but we will still make the final decision," she said.
Bloggers debate whether the Arnolds' poll was a hoax, an effort to influence the nation's debate on abortion or simply a bizarre use of the Internet to publicize a normally deeply private matter.
According to the Web site, the public can weigh in until Dec. 7. Last week, the vote was in favor of birth by a margin of 23,840 to 5,978.
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