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Married Couple Set Up Abortion Website For People To Vote: Should They Abort Their Healthy Baby Boy Or Not

23/03/2011 12:28 | Updated 22 May 2015

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Married couple Pete and Alisha Arnold, both 30, have set up a website asking people to vote on whether they should have an abortion or not. They launched www.birthornot.com because they are unsure if they can juggle parenthood with full-time careers.

They have been married for nine years and have given their baby boy the nickname 'Wiggles'.

The IT workers, from Minneapolis, in the US, upload regular scan images of the foetus, a healthy boy.

Alisha is 17 weeks pregnant and web users have until December 7 to cast their vote – two days before the 20-week cut-off for a state-legal abortion.

Abortion website www.birthornot.com'We vote on everything from the president to American Idol, so why not to continue or abort a pregnancy?' asked Mrs Arnold on her blog.

And so a gut-wrenching decision is turned into an entertainment show.

"I'm not convinced that I want to change the status quo," Mrs Arnold writes of her decision. "I feel that as I age I've actually gotten more selfish and set in my ways. I'm afraid that I will eventually regret starting a family and 'settling down,' as they say. I fear that the constant pressure to be the perfect wife and mother while maintaining a full-time job will eventually cause my brain to implode and lead to a nervous breakdown."

Four days ago she posted: "Wiggles is 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."

Abortion vote yes or no button

There has been speculation that the couple are waging a guerilla anti-abortion campaign, but they insist this is not true.

"We are taking this very seriously," they've said. "It's definitely not a pro-life campaign. We believe in a woman's right to choose."

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