It's official. Pete and Alisha Arnold are the most horrible people in all the Interweb land.
They are a couple in Minneapolis who is offering up their pregnancy to the Internet gods. The Arnolds are both 30 and have been married 10 years. Allegedly, they are undecided on having children and, after having two failed pregnancies, Alisha is pregnant for a third time. Through their website BirthorNot.com, they are allowing the Internet to vote on whether they should have the baby or abort.
Don't believe me? Check it out for yourself. They claim that this isn't a pro-life publicity stunt, though it's hard to believe otherwise. What is a fact here is that no matter what the reason they're doing this is, it's a pretty despicable thing to do.
Some facts the Arnolds have probably missed:
- Pro-choice doesn't mean pro-abortion: One can support every woman's right to make her own choice while also finding abortion to be an unfortunate and painful choice. Just because I think abortion should be legal doesn't mean I support it in general. I have had two babies and no abortions and I know pregnancy is a life. But I'm not going to tell another person what they should believe.
- Abortion is a personal decision: Just like I can't tell some woman she should have 10 children because she and her spouse are beautiful and intelligent (and have PhDs from Ivy League schools), I can't tell someone they shouldn't have children because they can't afford it. It's the beauty of living in the US. We don't tell others how to live their lives.
- Abortion isn't easy: If they do support a woman's right to choose, as they say they do, then they're doing it a major disservice. They're pretending this is easy and that the majority of the US should decide what happens in their lives. That isn't what abortion is all about. The whole point is that it's a difficult, emotional decision and that women need to be free to make it themselves.
It isn't up to the public to tell the Arnolds whether they should have a baby or not. It's up to the Arnolds to decide, but as long as they're putting it up for public discussion, then we can weigh in. So here is mine:
No matter what their reasons are for doing such a stupid, inane, and possibly sick-in-the-head publicity stunt, it's clear that these two shouldn't be reproducing. I suggest a third option:
Give that poor baby to a family who would love him or her, care for him or her, and not put his or her life in the hands of Internet commenters who have too much time (and anger) on their hands. If this is the kind of parents these two will be, the poor kid is better off without them.
How about we try our own democratic vote: should the Arnolds be shot? Vote in the comments section.
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