Reducing Human Life to a Popularity Contest in Which Your Vote Counts

On ongoing poll at Birth or Not? will determine whether Pete and Alisha keep or kill their child in the womb. From their blog:

You can vote and choose whether we abort or keep our unborn child. For the first time, your vote on the topic of abortion can make a difference.
This is their child, from a seventeen-week ultrasound:


Vote and comment here. The deadline (what an unfortunate word) is December 7. At last check, the baby was loosing by about 200,000 votes.

Kyrie, eleison.


Gregory K. Laughlin said...

Kyrie eleison, indeed.

Charles Gottschall said...

Have you browsed through the blog posts or read the "About" page?

It doesn't feel right when put together. If I had to venture a guess, I'd say that it's a pro-life publicity stunt--and a poorly-conceived and poorly-executed one, at that.

Charles Gottschall said...

But here's what really bothers me:

Life is not an election.

Nor should we treat it so.

Merely voting in this poll--even if it is real, and even if one votes for "life"--neither proclaims God's Word nor promotes life. If anything, participating in this spectacle validates the perception that abortion is a matter of private personal opinion. I'll mark my ballot, you mark yours, and then we'll go out for drinks and watch the results come in.

Or so it seems to me.

Erich Heidenreich, DDS said...

I have similar misgivings about participating in anything like this.

Family Man said...

I concur with your concerns over an inhumane means toward publicity, whether for pro-life or not. As for the propriety of voting, it rather reminds me of instances in which a person has purchased a slave at public auction in order to set that person free -- the very means of securing that person's freedom ligitimizes the system of enslavement. Such are many of our decisions in the theology of the cross. But back to the message of the parents' blog: it seems to test the limits of our culture of "choice" -- will those who accept one woman's subjective opinion to determine her child's fate be just as willing to submit the child's life to a democratic majority? Of course, all of this thinking simply continues down a road that never should have been traveled to begin with.

Charles Gottschall said...


Lifenews.com: Husband Behind BirthOrNot Site Admits Abortion Vote a Hoax

CNN: 'Birthornot' website a fake

The Christian Post: 'Birth or Not' Couple Never Intended to Have Abortion

Anonymous said...

I would be interested in knowing how they determined which votes were fraudulent.

First the votes were about 3/4 for abortion and 1/4 for life. Then the fraudulent votes were deleted and the split reversed to 3/4 for life and 1/4 for abortion.

The question is why would anyone go to the trouble to add over a million fraudulent votes for abortion?