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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Women's groups try to clip Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow and his mother have prepared a pro-life ad for Focus on the Family talking about his mother's experiences when she was pregnant. She suffered a bad infection and the doctors recommended an abortion to preserve her life. She rejected their advice and went on to give birth to the baby boy who would grow up to be a Heisman Trophy winner and lead the University of Florida Gators to a national championship. The ad is set to run during the Super Bowl, but women's groups, despite not having seen the ad, are protesting it.
It's a happy story with an inspirational ending, but pro-choice critics say Focus on the Family should not be allowed to air the commercial because it advocates on behalf of a divisive issue and threatens to "throw women under the bus."

"This organization is extremely intolerant and divisive and pushing an un-American agenda," said Jehmu Greene, director of the Women's Media Center, which is coordinating a campaign to force CBS to pull the ad before it airs on Feb. 7.

"Abortion is very controversial, and the anti-abortion vitriol has resulted in escalated violence against reproductive health providers and their patients," Greene said. "We've seen that clearly with the murder of Dr. George Tiller," the late-term abortion provider who was gunned down in his Kansas church in May 2009.
So because a one crazy man murdered Dr. Tiller, the entire pro-life movement shouldn't be allowed to run advertisements? Should pro-environment movement messages be banned because of eco-terrorists like the Earth Liberation Force?

The Focus on the Family spokesman responds to the radicals.
"We're not trying to sell folks a big-screen TV, we're not trying to sell them a soft drink, we're not trying to sell them a Web domain name. We're not trying to sell anything — we're celebrating families,"
And kudos to Tim Tebow for being willing to take the flak for what he believes. He is one young man who really seems to have his values straight.
"I know some people won't agree with it, but I think they can at least respect that I stand up for what I believe," he said. "[T]hat's the reason I'm here, because my mom was a very courageous woman. So any way that I could help, I would do it."
CBS, to its credit, is refusing to back down from these radical activists who seem to believe that women are too fragile to hear a pro-life message. All the controversy surrounding the ad and the protest will just bring more publicity to Focus on the Family's message. Women's groups try to argue that they're not pro-abortion, they just want women to have a choice. Well, Pam Tebow made her choice and wants to spread her inspirational story to others. Why should that be something worth all this fuss and bother? These groups are giving fodder to the argument that their real concern is not choice, but abortions.

Whether you agree with Focus on the Family's message, they should be allowed to communicate that message to the Super Bowl audience if they have the money to buy the ad time. Who knows if the people they want to reach are watching the game, but given the reaction from these women's groups, their message is going to get even more attention. A fitting penalty for their attempt to block messages with which they disagree.


tfhr said...

Why is it no surprise to see the left attempt to stifle free speech? I know I'm more surprised to see The Who billed as the half time attraction than by the efforts of a group like the Women's Media Center (dishonest label right there) as they attempt to control the media available to Americans.

Sokmnkee said...

I think they're not just throwing a fit because it doesn't fit with their ideaological agenda, but because who better to deliver this message than a gentleman and a stellar athlete as Tebow's become? I believe it is a credit to Mr. Tebow that they ARE pitching such a hellraising fit. It only makes them look like enormous jerks.

AmyB said...

I got bogged down at the statement that it's now un-American to thing that NOT killing babies is a good thing. OOOOOOWWWWWW! Makes my head hurt!

Skay said...

What an inspiring story on so many levels.

In an interview one pro abort kept talking about all of the hate in the ad she has not seen. I wonder if she has looked in the mirror lately.

Bachbone said...

Things have fallen awfully far from, "I disagree strongly with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." to this attitude of, "I don't like what you say and will do everything I can to shut you up." Especially when the latter attitude is articulated openly by the president himself and enforced by his SEIU union thug buddies.

Ron K said...

I thought these women were for choice?