A young couple from the Twin Cities suburb of Apple Valley, Pete and Alisha Arnold (http://www.minnpost.com/dailyglean/2010/11/19/23539/putting_pregnancy_to_an_online_vote_hoax_or_not) have put their unborn child’s future up to an online vote. This couple reportedly said two recent miscarriages had put their hopes for their new child in jeopardy and actually created a website (www.birthornot.com) to put their decision of whether to have an abortion or not up for a vote saying “”Voting is such an important part of who we are as a people…”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.”

There’s evidence to suggest this is all hoax. Reportedly the domain was registered a month before the supposedly unplanned pregnancy took place and the language of the website and its images (complete with ultrasound pics many in the anti-abortion community want pregnant women to be forced to view before even considering an abortion) were not those of a couple one would would assume was fanatically pro-abortion (http://jezebel.com/5693386/internet-abortion-vote-looking-like-an-anti+choice-prank).

If this turns out to be a hoax, hopefully, its just another in a long line of self-defeating antics, not tactics, antics, from the pro-life “movement” that have ranged from supporting clueless analogies (Roe v. Wade is just like Dread Scott), civil disobedience, the federalization of family life-or-death issues, terrorism, to the obscenity of the dead baby pictures on protest signs (http://www.chroniclesmagazine.org/2010/05/25/rand-paul-unprincipled-hero/). Obviously this website was done for shock value but wonders why any couple would want to take the miracle of birth, something to be celebrated among themselves and both kith and kin, and make it into world-wide spectacle and sick and tasteless one on top of it. If this couple has no respect for their own child to do this, why should anyone respect the cause to which they supposedly support?