A couple from Minnesota have recently launched a website called “Birth or Not” where they are letting people around the world make the decision on whether or not they will choose life for their unborn child. The couple is currently well into the second trimester and the baby is not far from being viable if born. They insist that they are unsure if they are ready to become parents. So they created a public poll where you can vote on whether they will have an abortion or carry the baby to term and parent him/her.
On their blog, they post ultrasound pictures and updates from visits to the obstetrician. People are all riled up about the fact that a baby’s fate is being decided by an internet poll. You have to wonder what will happen if the child is born. This little one will always be the “Birth or Not” kid. How will it make the child feel when they are old enough to understand the implications of all of this?
Perhaps these parents would be better off to have a third choice in their poll. Maybe they should let people vote for adoption. If a family is irresponsible enough to pull a publicity stunt like this with a pregnancy in the middle of it, then they are certainly not ready to be parents. Still, this child deserves a chance to live according to many supporters. It seems the perfect solution would be for the baby to be adopted by a family who is longing for the opportunity to parent any child, even one whose fate is decided by a public poll.