Pete and Alisha Arnold, both 30, both tech professionals, live in the Minneapolis suburb of Apple Valley and have been married for 10 years. Since September, they’ve blogged about their expected child at birthornot.com, posting health updates about the mother and the fetus (which will be 17 weeks-old tomorrow), and ultrasound pictures and video. But at the top of the blog is a poll hosted by PollDaddy.com. The question: “Should We Give Birth or Have an Abortion?” “Give Birth” has 46 percent of the vote at the moment, with “Have an Abortion” at 54 percent. The poll closes on December 7th.
Pete told us over the phone that on that day he plans to check Polldaddy’s records to make sure there hasn’t been any double-voting or other evidence of fraud and then he and Alisha will use the results to decide whether to keep the baby. They’ll have two days to make a decision before the 20th week of Alisha’s pregnancy ends, and, with it, her last chance to get an abortion.
How utterly strange. Gawker also points out the possibilities we’re dealing with here:
1) It’s is an idiotic prank. Pete and Alisha are intent on becoming famous any way they can, and they’ve hit on an outrageous way to get media coverage. But if this all was a prank, wouldn’t they have gotten the word out before now? They’ve been blogging since September.
2) This is a pro-life stunt. Pete said he’s a non-practicing Catholic, while Alisha is a Methodist. Although the Arnolds describe themselves as political independents with Libertarian leanings, Alisha likes Glenn Beck on Facebook, and a Google search turns up an old pro-Bush comment Pete made on CNN. (Pete said he voted for Bush in 2000, but not in 2004.) Could this site be a confused parable to illustrate the peril of putting an unborn baby’s life in the hands of voters?
3) It’s true. Pete and Alisha are actually going to choose to have an abortion based on an Internet poll.
Regardless of your position on abortion, all of these possibilities suggest these people should never, ever raise a kid.
It’s funny, how studies keep coming out which show that on average, kids of gay parents do just as well or better than kids of straight parents, how there’s virtually no incidence of child abuse in lesbian-led homes, etc., and people on the Religious Right just scoff and guffaw and chortle [people makes noises when they can’t respond with words], because they’re missing the obvious difference between gay couples and straight couples having children: when a gay couples decides to have children, they DECIDE TO HAVE CHILDREN. It’s not an easy process, for most, so those gay couples who embark on parenthood do so with a full understanding of what they’re getting into, and with a deep desire to be good parents, to bring up healthy, happy children. Straight couples, on the other hand, can, for the most part, make babies at will. Or by accident. But because of the Sanctity of Heterosexual Intercourse, nobody really raises an eyebrow when the most unfit, incapable morons are seen with strollers in the local Wal-Mart.
Oh, but gay couples, though; that’s clearly what people need to be worried about. Seriously.