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One of my weekend questions was, “Which advocacy group is the ultimate winner of [the Tebow ad] controversy, pro-lifers or pro-aborts?”
All signs are pointing to Tebow PR breaking against pro-aborts. The latest evidence is the January 30 New York Times editorial calling pro-aborts to task….

Pro-aborts are playing into pro-life hands in 2 ways, 1st by drawing so much attention to the ad, and 2nd by showing themselves to be intolerant of one of the 2 choices a pregnant mom in crisis has. They say they’re pro-choice, but at times like this they show themselves to be what they really are, that which they hate to be called: pro-abortion.
Media savvy people would have recommended that pro-aborts ignore the Tebow ad, which would have helped make it go away. But pro-aborts have never been able to do that and never will. They should have backed away from the Partial Birth Abortion Ban, for instance, but they couldn’t. To concede on any point is to risk losing it all. So pro-aborts are hoist on their own petard.
That the NYT found pro-abort reaction to the Tebow ad “puzzling and dismaying” shows it doesn’t really understand the movement it typically defends. Here’s the editorial:

The commercials during the Super Bowl, a showcase for the best (or worst) in TV advertising, often generate buzz and sometimes outrage. This year, viewers will see one ad that has already triggered a heated debate about abortion and censorship.
The 30-second spot, financed by the conservative religious group Focus on the Family, is said to recount the pregnancy of Pam Tebow, mother of the college football star Tim Tebow. After falling ill during a mission to the Philippines, she ignored a recommendation by doctors to abort her fifth child, who became the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner.
The National Organization for Women, NARAL… and other voices for protecting women’s reproductive freedom have called on CBS to yank it. Their protest is puzzling and dismaying.
A letter sent to CBS by the Women’s Media Center and other groups argues that the commercial “uses one family’s story to dictate morality to the American public, and encourages young women to disregard medical advice, putting their lives at risk” – a lame attempt to portray the ad as life-threatening. Others argue that even a mild discussion of such a divisive issue has no place in the marketing extravaganza known as the Super Bowl.
The would-be censors are on the wrong track. Instead of trying to silence an opponent, advocates for allowing women to make their own decisions about whether to have a child should be using the Super Bowl spotlight to convey what their movement is all about: protecting the right of women like Pam Tebow to make their private reproductive choices.
CBS was right to change its policy of rejecting paid advocacy commercials from groups other than political candidates. After the network screens ads for accuracy and taste, viewers can watch and judge for themselves. Or they can get up from the couch and get a sandwich.

[HT: LifeNews.com; photo via The Gainesville Sun]

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