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Couple to base abortion decision on internet poll

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Pete and Alisha Arnold

Unfortunately, no, that headline isn't a joke. Minneapolis' own Pete and Alisha Arnold, two people who have somehow managed to functionally exist in the world for the past thirty years, have come to the natural conclusion that the most appropriate, socially acceptable way to decide whether or not to abort their pregnancy is an online poll.

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They've even spent the past few months blogging about the progress of the potentially aborted pregnancy — it's a boy — on their aptly titled site, birthornot.com. Voting will close just before the twentieth week of the pregnancy (and thus the window of time for a legal abortion) ends, leaving the Arnolds two days to make a decision. As per the laws of the internet, the poll has been spammed multiple times already by users of 4Chan piling on votes for the "have an abortion" option, not to mention people who may think the poll's very existence is probably a pretty clear answer to the question at hand. 

So, you might ask,"'What in God's name would possess someone to think this is a good idea?" Well according to their interview with Gawker, in which they also insist that this is not a joke, the idea was the result of Pete and Alisha's deep respect for democracy, of all things. "Voting is such an important part of who we are as people," Pete explains. "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." But don't get too drunk with power here: "It's kind of like Congress. They might vote for something, but the president has the final veto," he added.

We'll leave the Decision Points jokes up to you, the outcome of the poll to the Internet, and the rest to child protective services.