When Pete and Alisha Arnold found out they were expecting, they were overjoyed. Right now, they're waiting to see their new bundle of joy -- unless the public votes for the child to be aborted.
While you scratch your head and scream, "What?!" the Arnolds, who are both tech professionals from Apple Valley, Minn., have been blogging since September about their pregnancy and asking their readers to vote on whether or not they should keep the child on Birth Or Not
Their reasoning? Since abortion has been a life-or-death issue in America for years, the couple are giving people until Dec. 7 to vote on what is one of the biggest decisions in the Arnolds' lives.
"Voting is such an important part of who we are as a people," Pete told Gawker
. "Here's a chance where people can be heard about whether they are pro-choice or whether they are pro-life, and it makes a difference in the real world."
After the polls close, the couple has given themselves 48 hours to decide whether or not to abort. That night is right before Alisha's 20th week of pregnancy ends, the latest she could legally abort the baby.
The Arnolds, who have been married for 10 years, have been trying to get pregnant for some time but have experienced two miscarriages in the past year and a half. However, now that they're pregnant with a baby boy again, they say they're not sure if they're completely ready to become parents.
And they won't use polling alone to make a decision. "It's kind of like Congress," the couple said. "[The people] might vote for something, but the president has the final veto. If it's overwhelming one way or the other, that will carry a lot more weight."
According to a recent check, 46 percent of voters are telling the Arnolds to keep the kid while 54 percent are telling them to have the abortion. But the notorious message board 4chan
has hacked into the poll a few times and tilted the vote to the abortion side, which Pete just brushed off with a, "people do silly stuff all the time, and their votes get counted anyway."
Stay tuned to Birth or Not to see how the rest of this story unfolds.
Meanwhile, we'll be sitting here wondering how long it takes for them to realize their true dream: a reality show.