Nov 19, 2010

Should one vote?

A couple from Minneapolis has decided to enter the arena of the abortion debate in an unconventional manner. They are currently pregnant, but are not sure whether to have the child or not. They admit quite candidly that they are selfish and are nervous about disrupting the status quo that is their relationship so they've set up a website where people can vote whether to terminate the fetus or give birth to it.

Not surprising this has caused quite a bit of controversy amongst the pro-life movement, but it has sparked my interest. Should birthing a child be put to the majority of internet dwellers? If those against abortion succeed how will the parents tell their kid that about the matter? Will they tell the kid at all for that matter leaving them to possibly stumble across this whole online drama in their later years? Can this result negatively on the child's psyche?

I can't imagine leaving such an important decision to the will of the online community, but the couple has a point. If you feel strongly about the practice of abortion, for or against, this is your time to put your money where your mouth is and get involved. Still I imagine the pro-lifers are normally more passionate about child birth than pro-choicers are about defending the surgery. Maybe the couple is banking on the fact and truly want to have the baby, but one can never tell.

Their website is down at the moment, but you can read more about their story through the lens of a pro-life website here. According to them if you want to cast your vote you have until December 9th, which is the last day they can legally have an abortion in their state. I actually don't want to be any part in the matter and let it be up to them and their conscious, but that may be the result of my constantly changing views on abortion. Then again I just wrote about it, so in a way I am involved broadcasting this to my four readers.

"The whole point here is to let people have a real way to voice your opinion on the topic of abortion and have it actually make a difference in the real world. By voting on whether to continue or abort an actual pregnancy, you are doing so much more then simply telling an elected representative your feelings. You are actually changing something in the real world.” - Pete and Alisha Arnold


Miss Ash said...

I actually feel sick after reading this. How can two people be so lax about possibly bringing a little person into this world?!? And my god can you imagine if the child is born and finds out about this later on???? It's all so horrific to me, the whole idea. It should be a personal choice made between the couple, not the couple and 6 billion people!

Another question is just what type of parents are these two seemingly unstable people going to be??

Claire said...

This story makes me want to cry. I can't even explain how abhorrent I find this whole thing.