Couple asks Web: Should we abort?

A blog puts the decision to a vote. If it's a stunt, it entirely misunderstands the pro-choice position

Topics: Abortion, Broadsheet, Love and Sex,

Couple asks Web: Should we abort?A 12-week ultrasound image from birthornot.com

On their blog birthornot.com, Pete and Alisha Arnold of Minnesota are asking anonymous Internet strangers to vote on whether or not they abort. The site is chock-full of ultrasound images and updates on their perfectly healthy 17-week-old fetus. It seems that they want a child, as they say they have had two miscarriages this year alone, and yet they are asking the Web to decide whether they keep it. They say this is a way for Americans to really make their vote matter.

Clearly, this screams “pro-life” Internet prank. The couple insisted to Gawker that they are for real, but their Web trail might suggest otherwise: Pete once posted his super-pro-G.W. thoughts on CNN, and Alisha is a fan of Glenn Beck on Facebook. If this is indeed a prank — and either way, it’s scary to think of these two procreating — it’s a perfect illustration of just how poorly some anti-choicers understand the pro-choice position. The belief is that the choice of whether or not to abort should be left up to a woman and her doctor, not to the entire Internet.

Tracy Clark-Flory

Tracy Clark-Flory is a staff writer at Salon. Follow @tracyclarkflory on Twitter and Facebook.

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