Every time I discuss abortion I find it necessary to mention that pro-choice does not mean pro-abortion. A person identifying her or his self as pro-choice supports a woman’s right to choose whether or not to be a parent at that time.
Were that statement actually true, a pro-abort would spend 50% of his or her time supporting the sanctity of preborn human life and 50% supporting the killing of preborn human life.
Of course, that’s not what happens. And I don’t know why pro-aborts are so defensive about it. Abortion kills a blob of tissue at worst or a parasite at best, so they say; big deal. The fact is that pro-aborts abhor any and all support of preborn human life. That includes conversations… for even 30 seconds.
Case in point, the ad featuring Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Tim Tebow of the FL Gators that Focus on the Family plans to air during this weekend’s Super Bowl….
FOTF is giving no sneak previews, but the spot, entitled, “Celebrate Family, Celebrate Life,” is expected to feature Tim and his mother Pam briefly sharing the story of her difficult pregnancy, for which doctors recommended abortion.
Pam and husband Bob were serving as missionaries in the Philippines in 1987 when she suffered a life-threatening illness while pregnant with Tim.
I can’t imagine anything wrong with retelling that story, but pro-aborts have gone mad about it. According to Reuters:
The Women’s Media Center and over 30 other liberal and women’s advocacy groups sent a letter to CBS… saying: “… we urge you to immediately cancel this ad and refuse any other advertisement promoting Focus on the Family’s agenda.”
The “agenda” being to send a positive message that there may very well be a silver lining to one’s crisis pregnancy… or you never know who you may abort.
I suppose pro-aborts would prefer an ad fantasizing about the abortion of Adolph Hitler.
Kim Gandy of the Feminist Majority Foundation was so upset she apparently forgot to take her daily testosterone pill before sending an email alert, causing her to commit the unpardonable sin of getting the Super Bowl game date wrong – mistakenly indicating it was this past weekend (click to enlarge):
Kim seems to think airing Pam Tebow’s story of maternal love would lead to an anti-abortion terrorist attack. Not that it matters, since Kim is clearly on a John-Belushi-when-the-Germans-bombed-Pearl-Harbor roll, but CBS no longer has such a policy. According to Reuters:
But CBS said it no longer had a blanket filter on advocacy submissions for ad slots. “We have for some time moderated our approach to advocacy submissions after it became apparent that our stance did not reflect public sentiment or industry norms on the issue,” said CBS spokesman Dana McClintock.
Feminists have grown accustomed to their shrieking actually having some effect, but I hope CBS doesn’t back down.
But even if CBS does renege and gives FOTF its money back (reportedly somewhere between $2.5-2.8 million, all from donations specifically for this venture) FOTF and the pro-life message will have already gotten millions of dollars worth of free media. And the ad will become an instant viral hit, getting millions of views.
The situation is win-win for our side.