According to the Associated Press, a coalition of women's groups is demanding that CBS block a 30-second Super Bowl commercial featuring 2007 Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow and mother Pam. The reason? In the ad, paid for by the conservative Christian group Focus On The Family, Mrs. Tebow expresses gladness that she ignored medical advice to terminate her pregnancy and instead gave birth to the Sugar Bowl-winning quarterback.
(The coalition supposedly has no qualms about the network advertising the alcoholic beverages and lewd movies that make unplanned pregnancies more likely; they just don't like anyone stirring up a discussion about non-lethal ways to solve those crises once they've happened. But I digress.)
Although the ad script has undergone CBS scrutiny, coalition members are frothing at the mouth over the supposed inappropriateness of the ad reaching such a huge TV audience. At least the protesters are consistent in their position. They have always maintained that the resolution of a pregnancy is an intensely private decision to be made by a woman, her physician -- and her favorite feminist extremist group.
Whipping up "slippery slope" hysteria, the coalition would have us believe that there's just a short step between expressing pride in your child and shooting an abortion doctor. I guess next the Department of Homeland Security will send drone planes to blow up vans with "My child is an honor student at..." bumper stickers.
With a flurry of knee-jerk hyperbole, the protesters identify the unseen Focus on the Family ad as "extraordinarily offensive and demeaning." My understanding is that the aim of the ad is to preemptively remind women that good can come from a crisis situation, not to rub salt in the wounds of women who have already undergone an abortion. If the ad is "divisive," just remember the feminist mantra "It takes two to tango." A toned-down, life-affirming commercial is offensive only if someone chooses to interpret it thusly.
The women's groups like to tout "girl power," but they seem to view women as being alarmingly fragile. Surely a woman who has already agonized long and hard over a decision will not be unduly traumatized by a 30-second spot that reportedly doesn't even contain the words "abortion" or "pro-life."
The coalition asserts that the ad is full of "un-American hate." I suspect some veterans of WW II could tell a little about a dictator who exemplified "un-American" and "hate" infinitely better than does Mrs Tebow. Ironic that these vets fought for "mom and apple pie," and nowadays motherhood is something to be ashamed of.
Oh, the protesters state that they think it's peachy-keen that women such as Pam Tebow choose not to terminate a pregnancy -- as long as they keep it to themselves. Is this "don't ask, don't tell" policy really any more palatable than "I think it's swell if people choose to be of the African-American persuasion -- just as long as they sit in the back of the bus"?
It's unfortunate that some sports fans are giving aid and comfort to the coalition, grousing that the pro-choice/pro-life discussion shouldn't even come up on Super Sunday. Rather, they say, Super Sunday is a day for everyone in the nation to come together. At least, those of us who weren't aborted.
CBS, let the ad run. Aborting an idea before it can even be considered is most definitely un-American
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