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Birthornot Couple Never Intended to Abort

Pete Arnold's pregnant wife fired because of site
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 24, 2010 6:10 AM CST

(Newser) – A Minnesota man who caused an uproar after launching a site asking viewers to vote on whether or not his wife should terminate her pregnancy has admitted they never intended to have an abortion. Pete Arnold—a right-wing blogger with a history of making anti-abortion posts on site like the DailyKos—tells CNN that he and his wife had agreed aborting "Baby Wiggles" wasn't an option for them, and that the birthornot.com site was meant to stimulate debate on the subject.

"This seemed like a pretty good way to further the discussion, because people don't ever seem to want to talk about it for real if there's no name on it," Arnold says. The ultrasound photos and videos on the site were authentic, Arnold says. His wife is 18 weeks pregnant, and, thanks to the stunt, now unemployed. The software maker she works for has dismissed her and issued a company-wide memo describing her conduct as "a grave threat to the reputation of the company," KSTP reports. Click here for more.
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