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Sometimes, I am left speechless – UPDATED

November 19th, 2010, Promulgated by Nerina

Update 11/22/10:

Regular commenter Louis notes that this poll is actually some type of “pro-life” hoax.  I’m not sure what the couple hopes to achieve with it, but tireless pro-life advocate Jill Stanek has this to say:

Reading more closely what the couple writes, I’ve come to agree this is a pro-life stunt. A pro-abort, unless a real sicko, would not go into this sort of detail about the development of the 16-wk-old baby she may abort:

… now approximately the size of an avocado with an average crown to rump measurement of 4.6 inches.  This week bones are forming in baby’s ears so that they can start to pick up noises outside the womb.  The hair, eyebrows, and lashes are filling in and taste buds are forming.

Original post:

In a perverse demonstration of “majority rules,” a couple from Minnesota has sponsored an on-line poll to have the public weigh in on their decision to have an abortion or give birth.  The article states:

A suburban Twin Cities couple touched off an Internet frenzy Thursday with their “birth or not” website — an online poll on asking whether the woman, who is 17 weeks pregnant, should have an abortion.

The married couple has apparently endured three miscarriages and is now 17 weeks pregnant.  The woman doesn’t know if she’s ready to have a baby right now since she is “living a healthier lifestyle and [had been] losing weight.”  Also, they are both software engineers, so it would seem finances are not an issue.

Thankfully, the “public” has voted overwhelmingly in favor of birth.  Thank God for small mercies.

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5 Responses to “Sometimes, I am left speechless – UPDATED”

  1. avatar Bernie says:

    A person’s life hinging on an internet poll! We have scraped bottom.

  2. avatar Louis E. says:

    I have to wonder if this is a hoax.They’re posting ultrasound images and leaving the poll up to the last legal time they could abort…I think they are not really considering abortion or they would have done it already.

  3. avatar Louis E. says:

    http://blogs.citypages.com/blotter/2010/11/gawker_falls_fo.php
    Far from the only site calling “hoax” on this.

  4. avatar Nerina says:

    Thanks for the update, Louis.

    I’m both relieved and sickened. What was the hoaxer hoping to prove? What was the point?

  5. avatar Louis E. says:

    http://blogs.citypages.com/blotter/2010/11/birthornotcom_a.php
    I think his goal was to make pro-choice people uncomfortable,and his character is supremely tasteless.


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