Pete and Alisha Arnold Want You To Decide If They Should Have An Abortion

Fri, November 19, 2010 9:24am EDT by 4 Comments

The Minneapolis couple created a website to let the general public to decide the fate of their unborn child. “We are taking this very seriously,” the couple says. “We believe in a woman’s right to choose.” Whether you’re pro-life or not, doesn’t this seem a bit sick?

Abortion has always been an extremely controversial issue. And while it should be a private matter, one Minneapolis, Minn., based couple is putting the life of their unborn child in the hands of strangers. Pete and Alisha Arnold have created a website, birthornot.com, which was taken down overnight, so that people can vote on whether or not they should abort their baby.

Why on earth would this couple want to do this? “Voting is such an integral part of the American identity,” they write on their site. “We vote on everything from the best singer on American Idol to who the next leader of the free world would be. Wouldn’t it be nice to voice your opinion and have it actually make a difference in the real world? Why not vote on whether to continue or abort an actual pregnancy?”

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Shouldn’t this be decided by the Arnolds, who have been married for nine years? Considering that Alisha, 30, has suffered two miscarriages in the past year, I would think that she would be thrilled to carry this baby to term. After all, they’ve nicknamed the fetus Wiggles and have been following its progress. “Wiggles is now approximately the size of an avocado with an average crown to rump measurement of 4.6 inches,” she posted on the site on Tuesday (November 15). The baby is also developing taste buds and bones in its ears which means he or she can start to hear noises outside the womb.

While some are skeptical about the authenticity of this campaign, both Alisha and Pete insist that they’re serious. “We are taking this very seriously,” they told Gawker. “It’s definitely not a pro-life campaign. We believe in a woman’s right to choose.”

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But that doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re going to go along with the outcome of the vote. “It’s kind of like Congress. They might vote for something, but the president has the final veto.”

HollyMoms, do you think this couple should have the baby? Personally, I think they’ve already proven themselves to be unfit parents no need to put that to a vote.

–Amy L. Harper

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