Friday, November 19, 2010

The "Abortion Vote" Is a Hoax

I'm late to this story. It seems an Apple Valley, Minn., couple has put up a website asking the public to vote on whether or not they should terminate their 17-week pregnancy. (The site, birthornot.com, is currently not working... I wonder why.)

Well, as I suspected after reading just one story, it's a hoax, beyond any reasonable doubt. And it's not just a pathetic ploy to get some attention in the age of reality TV.

Pete and Alisha Arnold snapshot with imposed speech balloon reading Yes, we're that twisted
A bit of digging by The Blog of the Moderate Left turned up an e-trail a mile wide for the prospective father, Pete Arnold, showing that he's a generally conservative and specifically pro-life internet troll. One example is a wiki page he edited to define the term "pro-choice" this way:

The term “pro-choice” is used by men and women who support a woman’s right to kill an unborn child.

The term means that a woman has the right to determine whether or not she will be pregnant by killing a baby that has already been conceived.
On top of the e-trail, according to the City Pages, the Arnolds registered the domain name they're using for the vote in May... which precedes the supposedly unplanned pregnancy by several months.

So this is just the latest salvo in the battle to make pro-choice = inhumane instead of pro-woman. I wonder what percentage of people who heard about the story will also hear that it's a hoax? Chalk up another one for the myth-busting site snopes.com.

1 comment:

Blissed-Out Grandma said...

Glad you posted this. I hadn't heard that it was a hoax, but I'm not surprised. I wonder whether their voting system captured the emails of voters.