"Birthornot" "Abortion Vote" Site Faces Fallout

Pete Arnold, the not-so-upstanding guy behind the fake "abortion vote" website  "BirthorNot" has been exposed as a conservative fraud and a known anti-choice troll, and the site's premise essentially a hoax--as Arnold has now said he never intended to abort his wife's pregnancy. He has been rightly denounced as a huckster and a fraud.

But the story's fallout for his wife, Alisha, whose pregnancy was actually in question, is rather grim.

It seems that Alisha, whose quieter, less sure voice has been drowned out by her husband's throughout the process, claims very much to be pro-choice--and having been traumatized by earlier miscarriages, she wasn't sure she could deal with the stress of a pregnancy at its beginning. "Pete and I are on different ends of the spectrum when it comes to our beliefs about abortion," she said.

Now, she's lost her job, while her husband is doubtless reveling in the publicity. Just another example of how "pro-life" beliefs and stunts--and media fixation on them--often leave real women out.

Read more about this sad and twisted story at Care2

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at November 24, 2010, 4:57am

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