A married US couple has set up a website asking the public whether or not they should abort their 17-week-old foetus.

Alisha and Peter Arnold, both 30, are giving web users until December 7 to vote, two days before the 20-week legal cut-off for their state.

The website, birthornot.com contains images of the foetus, a healthy boy they call “Wiggles”.

“The whole point here is to let people have a real way to voice your opinion on the topic of abortion and have it actually make a difference in the real world,” the blog reads. “By voting on whether to continue or abort an actual pregnancy, you are doing so much more then simply telling an elected representative your feelings.”

Almost 70,000 have voted so far.

The latest results are in favour of giving birth, with 79.22%  (54,904 votes) versus having an abortion at 20.78%  (14,402 votes).

Many are calling the website a hoax, possibly created to infuriate anti-abortionists, a claim which the Milwaukee couple vehemently denies. 

The website’s domain was registered in May of this year, according to the Minneapolis City Pages. The couple says they started blogging about the pregnancy in September. 

They told U.S. website Gawker: “We are taking this very seriously. It’s definitely not a pro-life campaign, we believe in a woman’s right to choose.

“It’s kind of like Congress. They might vote for something, but the president has the final veto.

“If it’s overwhelming one way or the other, that will carry a lot more weight.”