I’ve been enjoying a social media Sabbath, enjoying the rest and focusing on the life in front of my eyes rather than on the screen. I’m very grateful for my online relationships and I’m sure I’ll return to the world of blogging, texting, tweeting, emailing and Facebooking again soon. (A big virtual hug to all those who have reached out to me while I’ve been quiet.)
Last night I was roused from my peaceful slumber as I pointed to a blog entry that disturbed me. I was moved enough to break my fast and I’m asking for your patience as I rant and hopefully move you to share your voice as well.
Pete and Alisha, a married couple that have been together for 10 years, have a blog site that is collecting comments and votes regarding their pregnancy. They are literally asking the question “Should we give birth or have an abortion?”
As far as I can tell this is a legitimate site, couple and situation. If it is a farce, it has been well planned and orchestrated.
They suggest that “public voting is one of the most sacred and honored freedoms we have. What could be more responsible than allowing the public to vote?” I’d suggest that playing Russian Roulette with your baby’s life with one bullet in a two-chambered gun isn’t the best means of experimenting with social media and democracy. If I can’t get them to put the gun down, then I’ll do the best I can to block this abortion bullet.
I’m asking for a couple of things. One, that you’d take the time to visit the site and vote for Pete and Alisha to give birth to this baby. She is in her 16th week of the pregnancy and December 9th is the last day they could have an abortion in their state. They plan to keep their poll open until two days prior to allow for the procedure if that is what is decided.
Second, I’d ask you to pray for Alisha. She has experienced three miscarriages, one at 16 weeks along. This pregnancy hasn’t been without its complications and she is currently working at home and getting lots of rest. The baby’s development is on target.
Third, if you choose to comment on their site, please do so with respect and kindness. I firmly believe that using guilt to motivate someone to righteousness is an ungodly venture. Get to know this couple, reading about who they are and what their situation is all about. Thank them for the opportunity to share your voice and your vote. Do so with Love.
Finally, if you feel moved, please pass this opportunity to others as well. Thank you.
At the time of this writing less than 5000 votes had been cast and the results were near 50%.
Some pages on the site appear to be down due to traffic. The poll is still available on the front page.