There is some buzz about the Internet site Birthornot.com. Pete and Alisha Arnold, a young couple from Apple Valley, MN is leaving the fate of their unborn child to voters on the Internet. They have set up a blog, with voting that allows visitors to vote on whether they couple should give birth or have an abortion.
Or are they?
Steven Ertelt at Lifenews.com is calling foul. Steven cites sources from both the pro-life and pro-choice camps. Some claims center around the date the domain was purchased. Pete?s past work with pro-life groups also problematic.
The birth of a child is nothing short of a miracle. It has been over twelve years since I learned my wife was pageant with our first child. I remember like it was yesterday the range and intensity of the emotions I was feeling. I was excited and scared. Who would have thought me, as a dad? Never once did the thought of abortion cross my mind. I knew I wasn?t going to be perfect, but I was going to try. God has granted us this gift. I was going to do my very best to take care her. Besides, she the one who is going to pick my nursing home.
This web sites reminds of stunt several years ago, where a teen couple was going to have sex live on the Internet. As it turned out it was a huge hoax to bring attention to the problem teens and sex.
This time, we are talking about a child. This stunt, whether it be for real or just a hoax, is just plain wrong. Every child deserves a chance. While a child may not be born into best of circumstances, that child still deserves that chance. If for some reason the Arnolds don?t feel they can take on the rigors of parenthood; there are number of couples who are. If they can?t find a couple, my wife and I will take in that child. To leave the decision whether or not to give birth to this child to the Internet is totally outrageous. If this is a hoax, I?m not laughing.