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Opening Arguments

A life-or-death vote

We've talked here before about how our notions of privacy are changing in the digital age. Here's a couple really pushing the limits on what's in the public square:

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.

"We wanted to give people a chance to voice their opinions in a real situation where it makes a difference," said Alisha Arnold, 30, of Apple Valley.

[. . .]

We are using it to help determine our decision, but we will still make the final decision," she said.

[. . .]

The public can weigh in until Dec. 7, the site says.

On Thursday, the vote was 23,840 to 5,978 for birth.

Nice to know they're at least reserving the right to "make the final decision." Are these people emotionally stunted in some strange way or just slightly ahead of the times?


Sat, 11/20/2010 - 5:14pm

Are you really unaware that this "poll" was a hoax, or are you just ashamed to admit you were taken in?

Bob G.
Mon, 11/22/2010 - 2:50pm

Fool us once, shame on you...fool us TWICE, shame on US.
(yeah, that's it)