Why are feminists trying to abort the Tebow ad?

Crossposted at BigJournalism.com...

Pro-abort blogger Jenna Henry Hansen at the Huffington Post is typical of many in her dwindling tribe who feel the need to add this caveat when discussing abortion:

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.

Pam and Tim Tebow 2.jpgOf 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 Gandy, Tim Tebow, Super Bowl, Focus on the Family, abortion.png

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.


Comments:

Jill,
Your commentary is right on. These women are so caught up in their own frenzy they can't see straight.

The feminist majority foudnation? Majority of who? They claim this ad is anti-abortion? How is this ad anti-abortion? I think it pretty much speaks more for a pro-choice perspective. They tend to ignore that choosing life is a choice. Once again they have outted themselves as being pro-abortion not pro-choice.

Per Jenna: "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."

I guess then they should support this ad the "choice" Pam Tebow made when she made the "choice" to give life to her son as she obviously wanted to be a parent.

These phonies are such a contradiction of themselves.

Posted by: Sandy at February 1, 2010 9:48 AM


I think where the pro-aborts got this wrong was condemning the ad and CBS. They should have embraced the commercial and capitalized on the idea that what Pam Tebow did was, in essence, make a choice ... one that was hers to make, one that was "right for her." It would've been a win for them too.

Instead they come out looking like fools poo-pooing a story that has a happy ending. They hate the ad because it will convert people to pro-life. Condemning a message that wins people over to the side opposite of yours exposes you as a hypocrite and a sore loser.

Posted by: Cranky Catholic at February 1, 2010 9:52 AM


I think they hate the ad mostly because Tim's family is Christian. On top of the pro-life "choice" part.

Posted by: LizFromNebraska at February 1, 2010 10:09 AM


Hi Jill,

LOL about the testosterone pill though she looks like she still has plenty of her own.

Has anyone suggested to these charming ladies that they take up a collection and run their own ads? I'm sure any one of their multimillionaire supporters would consider this nothing more than pocket change and would happily make a donation.

BTW there have seen numerous ads for the United Church of Christ. Also the Mormon Church.
So what???

Your point is well taken about the publicity. The best way to have something ignored or forgotten is to not make an issue of it in the first place. How many people who would have otherwise just muted or changed the channel during commercials will now view this ad just out of curiousity?

Posted by: Mary at February 1, 2010 10:21 AM


Sandy, thanks. Mary, I'm always glad when someone likes one of my jokes as much as I do... :)

Posted by: Jill Stanek Author Profile Page at February 1, 2010 10:24 AM


"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."

Jenna - is that an admission that you're a parent when you're pregnant?

Technically - that is correct. But if the decision is a choice - then what is actually being destroyed when you "choose" to no longer be a parent?

Is there any such possibility of becoming a non-parent once you've conceived?

Posted by: Chris Arsenault at February 1, 2010 10:42 AM


Hi Jill,
Always enjoy your blog and love your humor to boot! and Mary, you bring a certain flavor to your posts that always has me in stiches.

Maybe Focus on the Family should have taken PPs lead on how to do business. They could have funneled the money paying for the ad through a phony innocuous organization to make it appear they had nothing to do with it. Just like PP has done when opening up an abortuary in an unsuspecting town.

Posted by: Sandy at February 1, 2010 10:42 AM


I think they hate the ad mostly because Tim's family is Christian. On top of the pro-life "choice" part.
Posted by: LizFromNebraska at February 1, 2010 10:09 AM

I tend to agree with this. I think if Tim and his mother were atheists not much would be made of this.
But darn it all- it's those damn Christians trying to ram their religious beliefs down our throats!
And I agree, this is a win-win situation for the prolife side.
Proaborts have shown their true colors - the only choice that is right is abortion. Pathetic.

Posted by: angel at February 1, 2010 11:13 AM


Like I said before, female elites, who generally are PC, generally don't like or watch football, so why are they going ballistic?

This reminds me of the controversy over Michael Vick returning to the NFL. One outraged animal rights supporter said that she hoped that Tom Brady would tackle Vick.

Uh, any football fan knows that this would never happen.

Posted by: Phillymiss at February 1, 2010 12:13 PM


Like I said before, female elites, who generally are PC, generally don't like or watch football, so why are they going ballistic?

Hi Phillymiss. I think it's because they don't want men brought into the abortion discussion. They'd prefer that men buy the "clump of cells" myth than contemplate the reality of their unborn child.

Posted by: Fed Up at February 1, 2010 12:32 PM


Yes, Phillymiss. We all know that it would be Curt Schilling tackling Michael Vick. But not while he was with the New York Yankees, of course, but rather while he played point guard for the Vancouver Canucks.

Posted by: bmmg39 at February 1, 2010 12:35 PM


Hi Phillymiss and bmmg 39,

You are both way over MY head!

Posted by: Mary at February 1, 2010 12:37 PM


Sports 101 for Mary:

Michael Vick is a quarterback that went to jail for running a dog-fighting ring. He was allowed to return to the NFL and now plays for the Philadelphia Eagles. Tom Brady is also a QB, who won 3 Superbowls. Quarterbacks are offensive players and NEVER would tackle each other -- they're not even on the field at the same time. Curt Schilling is a baseball player -- different sport. Schilling played for THE Boston Red Sox, a team that is arch-enemies with the New York Yankees. A point guard is a position in baseball, and the Vancouver Canucks or a hockey team. We're just being sarcastic here!


Posted by: Phillymiss at February 1, 2010 2:47 PM


Hi Phillymiss

You're being sarcastic? My friend, for me that is a thorough and very helpful explanation. Thank you. I wasn't exaggerating when I said you and bmmg39 were way over my head!

Posted by: Mary at February 1, 2010 3:20 PM


This is just one example of how closed minded pro-aborts really are! Airing the add is a choice. Isn't this add a choice? Face it, the only choice they welcome is abortion! Parenting a screaming brat is not an option adoption is a waste of time and a woman's body {gotta grow that pesky pregnancy]. Face it, they want death! Feminists embrace death and they love men who embrace it too! They are labled PRO-DEATH in MY BOOK! They don't want anyone to have a choice unless it's abortion!

Posted by: Heather at February 1, 2010 4:33 PM


For supposedly being empowered women who detest even the thought of being turned into sex objects for men, they sure do a lot of things to facilitate men turning them into sex objects.

Posted by: xalisae at February 1, 2010 7:29 PM


xalisae,
It's their hatred of femininity that drives them.

Posted by: Janet at February 1, 2010 7:40 PM


Why the dieting and worrying about their figure, then?

Posted by: xalisae at February 1, 2010 8:45 PM


Hi x,

All my years have taught me one thing. You are not going to change human biology. For all their "liberation", you should have seen how the women I worked with fawned over the men who came to our all female dept. You'd think they had never seen one.

Come on ladies, we like it when a man notices us(even if it is dark or they are carrying a white cane) and when the other woman/women in the room or at work look like pit bulls. When we meet another woman we are sizing her up, and her us. Women know exactly what the other is thinking when we meet.

For all the "liberation" no one is more vicious to women than other women.

Human biology will always reign supreme.

Posted by: Mary at February 1, 2010 9:25 PM


Well, personally, I think it's stupid to worry about things like that.

Which is hilarious, because even with my lack of caring about male attention I could garner if I just had more concern about my appearance, I've still been accused of being a slave to the patriarchy and anti-woman because of my abortion stance and the fact that I would not abort my daughter although it possibly would have been advantageous to me personally at the time.

After being such a firm supporter of women's rights, I now have post-abortive women coming around telling me how they aborted their babies to get in better with their boyfriends, or to keep from getting fat so they could keep their figures, and yet THEY are the "real feminist".

It's such a crock.

Posted by: xalisae at February 1, 2010 9:38 PM


Hi x,

Good for you! :)

Yeah, real liberated women, aborting a baby in desperation to keep a man.

That's my point, despite all this crap about "liberation" these women have changed little so don't let them give you any guff.
I still remember a fellow student who's husband worked at the hospital. She would give me her "lib" crap where my husband was concerned and I could only laugh, considering all the crap and emotional abuse I and everyone knew she took from her husband.

As for me, its just what I've learned in my old age after observing human nature all these years.

BTW x, I know you are beautiful. I doubt your appearance needs that much work.

Posted by: Mary at February 1, 2010 9:56 PM


--I think they hate the ad mostly because Tim's
family is Christian. On top of the pro-life "choice" part.
Posted by: LizFromNebraska at February 1, 2010 10:09 AM

--I tend to agree with this. I think if Tim and his mother were atheists not much would be made of this.
But darn it all- it's those damn Christians trying to ram their religious beliefs down our throats!
And I agree, this is a win-win situation for the prolife side.
Proaborts have shown their true colors - the only choice that is right is abortion. Pathetic.

Posted by: angel at February 1, 2010 11:13 AM

It DOES seem like these people would argue in favor of murder if someone happened to be reading from the Ten Commandments.

News Flash to anti-religious zealots:
Certain things are wrong not simply because they're forbidden in the Bible;
Certain things are forbidden in the Bible because they happen to be wrong.

Posted by: Michelle a.k.a. PajamaMama at February 1, 2010 10:36 PM


xalisae,
Basically the liberal women thrives on control. Whatever it takes to get what she wants. Abortion, hyper-sexuality, etc.... That's real empowerment to them.

Posted by: Janet at February 1, 2010 11:55 PM


Mary -- if you grow up in a house with a sports-crazy dad and brother, you're bound to know a bit about the subject!

Posted by: Phillymiss at February 2, 2010 9:47 AM


Hi Phillymiss,


I hear you. My stepfather was a football fanatic though you would never know it by me!
You may be too young to remember or not even born yet but I recall a football game, I think it involed the NY Jets, where they were either in overtime or the game had just gone longer than expected. Anyway there was a special TV presentation of "Heidi" scheduled for 8PM.
They actually cut the game right off during a crucial moment and put on Heidi! Can you imagine men across America sitting on the edges of the chairs or jampacking the local sports bar to watch... "Heidi"? Well, I can still hear my stepfather exploding, as I'm sure was occuring in every household and sports bar across America. We laughed so hard we almost fell down and it was joked about in my family for years.
My brother in law said that my stepfather's eternal punishment would be to sit with his back to a football game reading "Heidi" to a group of little devils.

Keep in mind the viewers had to wait until the nightly news to find out the results or read it in the paper the next day. There was no internet or cable TV. I understand that after this incident it was decided that programs would be postponed until after a football game is over.

Posted by: Mary at February 2, 2010 11:05 AM


Oh, my mother LOVES Hedi! We used to watch it every Christmas with her. "Grandfather! Grandfather!"

Posted by: Bobby Bambino Author Profile Page at February 2, 2010 12:00 PM


Hi Bobby,

I can only think of my stepfather exploding and my mother's hysterical laughter every time I hear "grandfather, grandfather". Funniest darn thing I ever saw. Then he had to wait 3 1/2 hours for the nightly news sports report for the final score.

Posted by: Mary at February 2, 2010 1:27 PM


LOL... I was lucky enough when I was a little girl to meet the man who had played Peter in the Shirley Temple version of "Heidi". Of course, at the time, he would have been better suited to playing grandfather, but he still had that mischievous look in his eye! He was very fun.

Posted by: Elisabeth at February 3, 2010 11:48 PM