Tebow anti-abortion ad in the Super Bowl just free speech

I admire Florida football star Tim Tebow, both for what he does on the field and for who he is off the field. By all accounts he tries to live his Christian faith, and I’ve never been bothered by his efforts to proselytize. Even in the Biblical citations he wears in his eyeblack, he shows the good manners to proclaim his faith quietly without questioning or condemning that of others. OK by me.

Tebow is now the focus of a bit of controversy involving an anti-abortion ad in which he stars with his mother. The ad, sponsored by James Dobson’s Focus on the Family, will air during the Super Bowl, and some pro-choice groups are protesting the ad’s acceptance by CBS. They do have a point.

As the Washington Post reports, the Women’s Media Center and other groups “questioned how and why the network, which used to forbid ‘advocacy’ advertising, agreed to air Focus on the Family’s spot, which is valued at $2.5 million to $3 million.”

“The media center also noted that as recently as 2004, CBS had rejected an ad from the United Church of Christ, which wanted to use the Super Bowl as a chance to tell people it welcomes gay members. The center says CBS also has rejected ads in the past from MoveOn.org and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.”

The question of fairness is legitimate, but if this is really a new policy at CBS that will be extended to other causes as well, liberal and conservative, fine. The previous policy — designed not to offend anybody — never really made sense anyway, not in an advertising culture where discussion of four-hour erections and urinary problems have become standard.

And if Tebow wants to use his hard-earned fame to promote causes that he believes in, fine as well. I just hope he picks his spots carefully and stays wary about how others want to use him.

810 comments Add your comment

Peadawg

January 27th, 2010
8:15 am

Being a Georgia fan, it’s hard to root for a Gator. But Tebow is such a great guy I can’t help it. I hope he does well in the NFL!!!

Peadawg

January 27th, 2010
8:16 am

gttim

January 27th, 2010
8:18 am

If you think this new policy will be extended to liberal causes, then you are smoking crack. It will not be. Damn liberal media!

BTW Focus on the Family’s Dobson is the guy who wrote this:

“Meanwhile, the boy’s father has to do his part. He needs to mirror and affirm his son’s maleness. He can play rough-and-tumble games with his son, in ways that are decidedly different from the games he would play with a little girl. He can help his son learn to throw and catch a ball. He can teach him to pound a square wooden peg into a square hole in a pegboard. He can even take his son with him into the shower, where the boy cannot help but notice that Dad has a penis, just like his, only bigger.”

Just saying.

USinUK

January 27th, 2010
8:18 am

didn’t Tebow seriously muff a game in front of recruiters the other day???

as far as the ad goes, is anyone surprised that they are kow-towing to Dobson and his bunch???

Peadawg

January 27th, 2010
8:21 am

“didn’t Tebow seriously muff a game in front of recruiters the other day???”

His first day of Senior Bowl Practice in front of NFL Scouts didn’t go very well. He’s never taken a snap from under center and his delivery is really really bad. Hopefully he gets better.

Outhouse GoKart

January 27th, 2010
8:21 am

Peadawg

January 27th, 2010
8:16 am

Dems seem always confused about one thing or the other.

justme

January 27th, 2010
8:22 am

Can you just hear the screams if somebody wanted to air a pro choice ad. Talk about a double standard.

Jay

January 27th, 2010
8:22 am

Dawg, I suspect that throwing motion will doom his NFL chances at QB. If he could fix it, he would have by now, and it’s really not going to work in the pros.

USinUK

January 27th, 2010
8:23 am

Peadawg –

the way I see it, anyone who can do what QBs do when a bunch of 300-lb+ guys are trying to flatten you gets a great big SAAAAA-LUTE from me.

USinUK

January 27th, 2010
8:25 am

this is a suck-up to all the people who were scarred for life over the “wardrobe malfunction”, all the people who complain about the preponderance of beer ads, all the people who complain about the scantily clad wimmen in the preponderance of beer ads … etc …

Call it like it is.

January 27th, 2010
8:26 am

Way to go CBS. There is no secret here. Tebow is sending out a great message that a lot of young people should hear. CBS executives know it. Why didnt they air the United Church of Christ and their Gay message? Because despite what the left would have you believe, the great majority of America does not support gays or their agenda, and CBS would have lost millions of viewers. This is not rocket science.

Peadawg

January 27th, 2010
8:28 am

I agree Jay. The way he has to “wind up” his arm…Dwight Freeney or Demarcus Ware will be all over that like a fat kid on a twinkie.

Peadawg

January 27th, 2010
8:29 am

Mick, he may be opening a door…but atleast he’s not afraid to speak about what he believes in. If you’ve read about all he’s done…he really is a stand up guy!

Mick

January 27th, 2010
8:29 am

Nothing against tebow and his message, but why open this door? Well, tivo makes life so much simpler anyway….

Outhouse GoKart

January 27th, 2010
8:30 am

Discretionary spending freeze? Just another shell game…another pitiful attempt by the Coconut to “throw us a bone.” Its another in a long list of Obama-Scams…

After Brown victory, Obama struggles to control message
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ynews/ynews_ts1077

Bud Wiser

January 27th, 2010
8:32 am

Oh how the left wing socialist morons would love to stifle free speech in America, particularly when it is not their own. If one can only promote their point of view, then the ignorant public will come to take it as the truth.

(Gag)

Also concerning free speech:

a. If George W. Bush had been the first President to need a teleprompter installed to be able to get through a press conference, would you have laughed and said this is more proof of how he inept he is on his own and is really controlled by smarter men behind the scenes?

b. If George W. Bush had made a joke at the expense of the Special Olympics, would you have approved?

c. If George W. Bush had given the Queen of England an iPod containing videos of his speeches, would you have thought this embarrassingly narcissistic and tacky?

d. If George W. Bush had visited Austria and made reference to the non-existent “Austrian language,” would you have brushed it off as a minor slip?

e. If George W. Bush had stated that there were 57 states in the United States , would you have said that he is clueless?

f. If George W. Bush would have flown all the way to Denmark to make a five minute speech about how the Olympics would benefit him walking out his front door in Texas , would you have thought he was a self important, conceded, egotistical idiot?

g. If George W. Bush had been so Spanish illiterate as to refer to “Cinco de Cuatro” in front of the Mexican ambassador when it was the 5th of May (Cinco de Mayo), and continued to flub it when he tried again, would you have winced in embarrassment?

h. If George W. Bush had mis-spelled the word “advice” would you have hammered him for it for years like Dan Quayle and potatoe as proof of what a dunce he is?

So, tell me again, what is it about Obama that makes him so brilliant and impressive? Can’t think of anything? Don’t worry. He’s done all this in less than 12 months — so you’ll have three years to come up with an answer…

There is a difference between free and stupid speech. The uppity Kenyan has demonstrated stupidity at its very finest.

Normal

January 27th, 2010
8:32 am

Tebow would make a good Tight End, H Back, or Strong Safety…

As to his ad, I think it’s his right, but I think running it during the game is tacky. The Super Bowl is supposed to be bringing people together for a few hours…

stands for decibels

January 27th, 2010
8:33 am

Nothing against tebow and his message, but why open this door?

Because corporate media hates you. Duh.

USinUK

January 27th, 2010
8:33 am

call it –

“the great majority of America does not support gays or their agenda”

and the great majority of America doesn’t believe in prohibiting abortion – according to a Gallup survey, 76% of people want to keep it legal in some form.

Granny Godzilla

January 27th, 2010
8:33 am

It should kept fair and balanced, let Dr. Tiller state the opposing view……OOOPS! Can’t do that, they murdered him in church.

Granny Godzilla

January 27th, 2010
8:34 am

Bud

When posting other peoples work, even if it is crap, you should note that.

Eric

January 27th, 2010
8:34 am

I’ll admire Tebow when he poses for Playgirl and admits that he smokes pot. There’s no reason to admire the ideals of someone who hasn’t lived yet. When the reality of the real world sets in, who knows what his ideals will be. Til then, he’s outta line.

Curious

January 27th, 2010
8:34 am

In this economic climate, CBS, like the AJC, needs to sell an ad wherever and to whomever it can. The interesting part will come when it airs a pro-choice ad and must absorb the wrath of the conservative noise machine. Can CBS take the heat? I doubt it. On the other hand, what’s the difference in an anti-abortion ad and an ad for a candidate touting his anti-abortion stance?

GRIT

January 27th, 2010
8:34 am

Abortion is murder, it offends me. What about my feelings on the subjeck? All you marxists, Communists, Socialists and Obamaists need to realise that we are going to take our nation back.
I’ll bet CBS caves in, anyone want to take that bet?

david wayne osedach

January 27th, 2010
8:35 am

I don’t think he will get the results he wants from this ad placed in the Super Bowl. The viewers are more focused on the game and enjoying themselves.

Road Scholar

January 27th, 2010
8:35 am

Such a non-story! If you don’t like it, don’t watch it! Besides, if it airs after halftime, most won’t see it since the SB is usually over by halftime!

Outhouse GoKart

January 27th, 2010
8:35 am

“If George W. Bush had given the Queen of England an iPod containing videos of his speeches, would you have thought this embarrassingly narcissistic and tacky?”

Yeppers…tacky tacky tacky…what a loser.

Normal

January 27th, 2010
8:35 am

The Defence of Kentucky (my school) showed him a little of what it would be like in the NFL as QB… Man, what a hit! Drove him into his team mates knee and, presto change-o, a first rate concussion.

suwaneedawg

January 27th, 2010
8:35 am

Although I am right of center to me this ad is not about right or left. If the Women’s Media Center is worked up they can either run their own ad or don’t watch it. My understanding the ad simply says that he is grateful his mother had the courage to not do what the doctor’s advised her to, abort her baby. I will get political for one statement. The left believes in freedom of speech until the speech is against one of their core belief’s. To sum it up, they are speech nazi’s.

stands for decibels

January 27th, 2010
8:36 am

and the great majority of America doesn’t believe in prohibiting abortion – according to a Gallup survey, 76% of people want to keep it legal in some form.

yebbut yebbut yebbut I gots this one pole that sez more people think “pro-life” sounds nicer than “pro-choice” so U R Rong!

Ron

January 27th, 2010
8:37 am

If he wants to talk about his causes, he has the right. If you don’t like it, spend $3MM and buy your own spot. CBS has the right to change their mind on policy. I would say the same thing if he was pro choice. We have way too many people trying to legislate free speech lately!

ty webb

January 27th, 2010
8:37 am

Come on, why the uproar? afterall, isn’t the ad celebrating the “choice” Mrs. Tebow made?

The Coach

January 27th, 2010
8:37 am

The First Amendment provides that the GOVERNMENT cannot censor speech. A private company can do what they want.

Scooter

January 27th, 2010
8:38 am

I don’t have an opinion about the ad one way or the other but I do have an opinion about Tebow. He is a great college QB but he isn’t NFL material.

Outhouse GoKart

January 27th, 2010
8:39 am

Pro-abortion sounds like an acceptable term, or should be.

USinUK

January 27th, 2010
8:39 am

Curious –

“On the other hand, what’s the difference in an anti-abortion ad and an ad for a candidate touting his anti-abortion stance?”

one is an advocacy ad, the other is not.

Suwanee –

“The left believes in freedom of speech until the speech is against one of their core belief’s. To sum it up, they are speech nazi’s.”

first of all, no apostrophe is needed for nazi – you were using the plural, not the possessive.

secondly, this isn’t a freedom of speech issue – this is an issue of the SuperBowl network negating their own “no advocacy” policy.

stands for decibels

January 27th, 2010
8:39 am

Pro-abortion sounds like an acceptable term, or should be.

No, it’s not. It is as inaccurate as claiming that those who believe drug use should be decriminalized are “pro-drug” or even “pro-addiction.”

TaxPayer

January 27th, 2010
8:39 am

Well, this ad is valued at 3 million dollars and, just like a politician caught up in a bidding war from competing corporations for his services, they have to think about the bottom line.

mary

January 27th, 2010
8:39 am

Tim Tebow is an exceptional athlete and individual with a true conscience and belief in his GOD. I am thrilled that he has the GUTS to play the media game. God has a plan and NO ONE will stop it….Thank you Tim Tebow!

Whacks Eloquent

January 27th, 2010
8:40 am

Eric @ 8:34,

If Tebow made it thru college without falling for those, I’d say he’s the real deal.

Like it or not, it is absolutely CBS’s decision. If they suddenly want to go pro-Christian and far right, who should be allowed to stop them? If you don’t like it, don’t watch. The ratings go down, and they may change their minds…

lmno

January 27th, 2010
8:40 am

CBS is right to air this ad.

CBS was wrong to not air the ad by the United Church of Christ.

USinUK

January 27th, 2010
8:41 am

dB –

“yebbut yebbut yebbut”

uyrtrtuyrtyuuyrtrutyrtuyrtuyrtyu <— (the sound of me hitting my forehead on my keyboard repeatedly)

DAVID-AJC Truth detector

January 27th, 2010
8:42 am

IT IS REAL EASY BEING FOR ABORTION…..once you are born…..

Jay

January 27th, 2010
8:42 am

Obamayourmama, back off the personal attacks and insults please.

Outhouse GoKart

January 27th, 2010
8:42 am

If history is any indicator Mr Obama will tonite step from his current pile into and even bigger pile this evening!! Perhaps a viewing might provide some needed comedy relief?!! Ya…thats it…we need another grandiose speech!

YES WE CAN, HHRUMPF!!

State of the Union speech unlikely to ease worries, analysts say
http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/01/26/obama.sotu.tone/index.html?hpt=T1

USinUK

January 27th, 2010
8:43 am

“I am thrilled that he has the GUTS to play the media game.”

yeah … boy-howdy, those white christian boys are so put-upon! talk about suffering!!!

Outhouse GoKart

January 27th, 2010
8:44 am

stands for decibels

January 27th, 2010
8:39 am

Seems one is either pro-abortion or anti-abortion. So….

Raydio

January 27th, 2010
8:44 am

Face it, women’s groups are upset because the ad is effective.

.......

January 27th, 2010
8:44 am

Tebow is a real mystery. Has anyone here seen pics of his girlfriend? She has the most amazing rack! Yet, he doesn’t play with them.

Frankly, I can’t believe God would make something as attractive as his Girlfriend’s rack with the intention of covering them and I believe he is probably angering God by not using this gift to his full advantage.

If God were to bless me with such a beautiful rack to enjoy, I would shout it from the mountain tops praising his name and saying, “Glory be to God who gave me this wonderous rack to enjoy!”

Jan Brewington

January 27th, 2010
8:44 am

Enter your comments here CBS, please run the ad. There is nothing hateful about this ad. Do not bow to pressure from people who want the ad pulled. They do not want any light shining on the fact that humans can choose to bear their offspring rather than kill them.

suwaneedawg

January 27th, 2010
8:45 am

UK, thanks for the grammar lesson. Bottomline, if CBS wants to change their policy that is their business decision. Like I said, be fair and run and ad of opposing view. I will bet you they end up buckling under the pressure of the left groups and don’t run the ad.

USinUK

January 27th, 2010
8:45 am

Outhouse –

“Seems one is either pro-abortion or anti-abortion. So….”

actually, there are a lot of people who would not choose abortion if they were in that predicament, but feel that other people should have the right to make the choice for themselves.

.......

January 27th, 2010
8:45 am

Tebow’s Girlfriend is a reason to believe.

http://www.zimbio.com/Tim+Tebow’s+Girlfriend/articles/13/Tim+Tebow+s+Girlfriend

DAVID-AJC Truth detector

January 27th, 2010
8:45 am

JUST THINK………..If people in HAITI were mostly liberals…& pro-abortion…..there would not be all the unwanted orphans…….You would not have all these orphans ……if the liberals had their way…NO…..NO…..No

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

January 27th, 2010
8:46 am

Well, why don’t they show a ad about how this Obama wasn’t born in America and shouldn’t be President? And maybe one that talks about how important it is to have some guns in the house. They show all these ads about these home security systems. Why don’t they show one about the REAL security system, the Smith & Wesson kind? Or maybe a ad that shows people using all cash, instead of all those ads telling people who to call to welch on a debt–no offense, Andy.

Anyhow, the Tebow ad won’t matter much. About the time it comes on every town and city in American will report low water pressure from all that flushing.

Have a good day everybody.

USinUK

January 27th, 2010
8:46 am

suwanee –

“if CBS wants to change their policy that is their business decision.”

no argument there. but, then, they should be ready to face the fire when they do.

stands for decibels

January 27th, 2010
8:47 am

Speaking of free speech, advertising, and use of the term “pro-abortion”, the allegedly liberal AJC provided ad space to some Fundie nutball chuch who placed an ad in the Faith And Values section of church listings, the last weekend before the 2008 presidential election.

A headline blared “Barack Obama is 100% Pro-Abortion” and the accompanying graphic was an adorable pic of a multiracial assortment of lil’ babies who were, apparently, going to be slaughtered if the Uppity Kenyan were to permitted to win.

(I wish I were making this up.)

danjonglee

January 27th, 2010
8:47 am

Is Cindy Sheehan still travelin and doin speeches..?….

Obamayourmama

January 27th, 2010
8:47 am

Jay, you are kidding right? If you blocked the personal attacks on your site you would have half the responses you get. That being said, I will do my best to keep it pc with the bigot’s.

ty webb

January 27th, 2010
8:48 am

never really understood why some on the “pro choice”/”pro abortion” side claim that being anti abortion is being anti women’s rights. Is the “pro life”/”anti abortion” side only trying to stop male fetuses from being aborted?

stands for decibels

January 27th, 2010
8:49 am

there are a lot of people who would not choose abortion if they were in that predicament, but feel that other people should have the right to make the choice for themselves.

Just as those who would not carry a handgun, but feel others should be able to do so with relative ease. Those people are not “pro-gun”. “pro-Gun-rights,” sure.

And I’ll gladly own up to being pro-abortion rights.

Truth

January 27th, 2010
8:50 am

Jay,

He will go to a team and play h-back so he can be moved around and even throw the ball some. The unfortunate part is that Jax might draft him to play QB to save their franchise… Not fair to Tebow.

USinUK

January 27th, 2010
8:50 am

“bigot’s”

criminey. is today Throw an Apostrophe Anywhere you Danged Well Please Day???

Outhouse GoKart

January 27th, 2010
8:50 am

LOL…this funny…

Health care reform better off with women in charge?
http://caffertyfile.blogs.cnn.com/2010/01/26/health-care-reform-better-off-with-women-in-charge/

“Shea-Porter added that she wasn’t trying to “diss” the men in Congress, but that females understand how to care for relatives and that they could find “common ground there.”

Diss? Shameful.

no-more-ads

January 27th, 2010
8:50 am

No more Ads please!! I just want to watch the game. I’m already sick of the pre-game as it is. All the talking and team-breakdowns. I’ve even started to get annoyed by the game announcers calling the game. I just want to hear the play-by-play. Its a football game I can read bios on players and how they grew up later on. Just call the game.

USinUK

January 27th, 2010
8:51 am

dB – 8:49 – you are sooooooooo batting 1000 today!!

(raucous bowling applause)

DJ

January 27th, 2010
8:52 am

Jay, I actually agree with you for once!

lmno

January 27th, 2010
8:52 am

Others don’t like abortion at all, however they feel that criminalizing it would create a black market thhat would make their communities less safe. They don’t want anyone to have an abortion, but accept that people will have abortions whether legal or illegal and feel its safer for everyone to keep it legal.

# 1 cause of death for pregnant women = homicide

USinUK

January 27th, 2010
8:53 am

ty –

“being anti abortion is being anti women’s rights”

wow – I know I’ve only been out of the country for a little under 4 years, but have American men been getting pregnant in my absence??? how have I missed this in the news!!!

Whacks Eloquent

January 27th, 2010
8:54 am

“If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine.” Obi-Wan Tebow

Seriously, if the leftist groups really wanted this to go away, they’d just leave it be and not make a big deal about it. The more they whine about it, the more attention it gets. Cutting it now would be a bigger PR nightmare for CBS than what they are currently facing. But go ahead leftists, because though I don’t feel the government has a say one way or another on abortion, it is still murder. I support anything that helps women make the right choice…

Obamayourmama

January 27th, 2010
8:54 am

US’s get’s back’s to teaching’s class’s and get’s off the site’s. You’s are to’s damn picky’s.
Just for you big guy, just for you.

TaxPayer

January 27th, 2010
8:56 am

Jay, you are kidding right? If you blocked the personal attacks on your site you would have half the responses you get. That being said, I will do my best to keep it pc with the bigot’s.

Testy, aren’t we.

TaxPayer

January 27th, 2010
8:56 am

have American men been getting pregnant in my absence

I saw another headline about a pregnant man the other day but I don’t know if he was American.

Paul

January 27th, 2010
8:56 am

[[The question of fairness is legitimate,]]

Life isn’t fair.

[[The previous policy — designed not to offend anybody — never really made sense anyway,]]

There are groups of people who will always find a way to be offended by something, anything…

[[And if Tebow wants to use his hard-earned fame to promote causes that he believes in, fine as well. I just hope he picks his spots carefully and stays wary about how others want to use him.]]

Great advice. Too bad a certain Texas governor headed to Washington didn’t heed it. Or a senator from Illinois headed to Washington, for that matter.

LibraryJim

January 27th, 2010
8:56 am

Yes, it is free speech. But would we be so accepting of the decision if it were for and ad put out by Planned Parenthood, or that website that advocates adultery?

Jenifer

January 27th, 2010
8:56 am

No way would they allow a pro-choice ad. No way!

stands for decibels

January 27th, 2010
8:56 am

afterall, isn’t the ad celebrating the “choice” Mrs. Tebow made?

No, it’s encouraging women to ignore the advice of their doctor, at the potential risk of their own life.

Bosch

January 27th, 2010
8:59 am

Dear Tim Tebow,

I think that’s great and all that your mother didn’t abort you. I’m glad she had access to health care when she got sick when she was pregnant with you and had a supporting family and friends and that you got to be born and play football, win the Heisman Trophy and all that. Really, I do. I think that is just simply super fantastic.

But really, during the Super Bowl, I don’t want to hear about all that, actualy, I don’t really care to hear about all that at anytime during my lifetime. If I did, I would ask. If maybe you were playing in the Super Bowl and they decided to do one of those boring human interest things they do, that might be a different story. However, during the Super Bowl, I want to watch the game and I would expect you to understand.

Thanks,

Bosch

Lord Help Us

January 27th, 2010
8:59 am

By all accounts, what I see on and off the field and what I hear from people that actually know him and his family, Tebow is the REAL DEAL. A guy with his talent, character and leadership ability will make a contribution at QB (think wildcat) or somewhere else (Hines Ward-type position).

Unfortunately, Tebow is associating himself with someone who is the opposite of the REAL DEAL. Dobson is a Christian charlatan. Tebow will do himself a service by looking deeply into who and what Dobson is all about.

Dobson is a hater…I hope Tebow is better than Dobson…

stands for decibels

January 27th, 2010
8:59 am

that website that advocates adultery?

oh, do tell.

mm

January 27th, 2010
9:00 am

Typical liberal media. ;)

Bradley G

January 27th, 2010
9:00 am

Ty Webb is ABSOLUTELY right. This commercial is more pro-choice than pro-life. It’s about the mother DECIDING to have the baby rather than an abortion. Why does “pro-choice” automatically mean “Thou MUST have an abortion”? If anything, the pro-lifers should have a problem with this ad b/c it talks about a woman’s CHOICE!

USinUK

January 27th, 2010
9:01 am

“I support anything that helps women make the right choice…”

really??? like comprehensive sex ed? like access to effective forms of birth control (including plan b)? like emergency contraception being handed out to ALL rape victims, regardless of which hospital’s emergency room they go to???

getalife

January 27th, 2010
9:01 am

They are ruining the game with flags for good hits and now this.

Pathetic.

Geaux Saints!

ty webb

January 27th, 2010
9:02 am

usinuk,
yeah, barbara walter’s even interviewed one, and I think even included him as one of the year’s most interesting people. But back to my original point, is the pro-life side only trying to stop male fetuses from being aborted?

stands for decibels

January 27th, 2010
9:02 am

like emergency contraception being handed out to ALL rape victims, regardless of which hospital’s emergency room they go to?

According to Joe Lieberman, there are plenty of hospitles. them hussies can go to, just a short ride away.

anyway, stuff awaits. Later, all.

Bosch

January 27th, 2010
9:03 am

Hoof,

“I can’t for the life of me understand why “pro-choice” groups are so against people not having abortions.”

Um, maybe I can help: because they aren’t.

Outhouse GoKart

January 27th, 2010
9:03 am

Hmmm…if one is pro-abortion then obviouly they would be for abortion rights. Minutia.

Hoof Hearted

January 27th, 2010
9:04 am

I haven’t seen the ad, but apparently it simply makes the case for not having an abortion. I can’t for the life of me understand why “pro-choice” groups are so against people not having abortions. I get why they’re opposed to “pro-life” groups attempting to make abortions illegal, but there’s a big difference between the two. It seems the “pro-choice” groups actually want more abortions. Whether you’re pro-choice or pro-life, you would think more people choosing not to have abortions would be a good thing.

ty webb

January 27th, 2010
9:04 am

stands for decibels,
no more than the ad for the next big horror movie is encouraging people to put on hockey masks and go on murderous rampages.

getalife

January 27th, 2010
9:04 am

Richard Holbrooke says U.S. to back Taliban reintegration.

War over.

Bubba

January 27th, 2010
9:05 am

Jay, your stance on this confirms that you are a believer and defender of the First Amendment. Living in a free society means we all must occasionally listen to things we don’t agree with. I seldom agree with what you say, but I would hope that even your fiercest critics would never try to silence you. Besides, if people don’t want to listen to the Tebow piece, there’s always the mute button.

USinUK

January 27th, 2010
9:05 am

ty –

“But back to my original point, is the pro-life side only trying to stop male fetuses from being aborted?”

seriously. this is the best you got? c’mon … have a real debate.

Bosch

January 27th, 2010
9:05 am

And wow – how ’bout that – I answered Hoof’s question before he posted it.

Jenifer

January 27th, 2010
9:05 am

The issue is that CBS has an anti-advocacy policy. Meaning that they have a policy against airing ads with a political message during the Super Bowl (and who wants to see political ads during the Super Bowl anyway?) In 2004, CBS declined to air an ad by the United Church of Christ, and they also refused to air ads by PETA and MoveOn.org.

It seems that in order to be consistent, they should decline to air Tebow’s ad as well.

Also, the ad is being backed by Focus On The Family, an evangelical organization which advocates a bigoted, narrow-minded and authoritarian worldview characterized by advocacy of school-supported prayer and intolerance of homosexuality, same-sex marriage, pre-marital sex, organized gambling and science. They also oppose sex education and promote abstinence-only education instead. Not exactly a useful organization if you ask me.

Oh, it gets better: they apparently support the “ex-gay” movement – i.e., the discredited and psychologically damaging pseudoscience of “converting” gays into heterosexuals.

nadanada

January 27th, 2010
9:06 am

I don’t know what is actually in the ad. I have not heard that any group complaining about the ad knows what is in the ad.
Knowing the story of his mother during her pregnancy with Tim, she could just say that: “I considered having an abortion but decided against it. That baby turned out to be Tim Tebow. If you are considering an abortion, before you go through with it think about the great possibilities for your baby.”
If that is the message, I don’t see how it can be labeled as “hate” or “anti-abortion, anti-women”

ty webb

January 27th, 2010
9:06 am

usinuk,
real debate? I redirect you to your 8:53 post.

jthomas

January 27th, 2010
9:06 am

One more thing regarding the PETA ad that was pulled: all indications were that PETA deliberately made their ad inappropriate for air because they got far more attention from having the ad blocked than they would have from simply airing an ad.

Jimmy Carter

January 27th, 2010
9:06 am

stands for decibels

January 27th, 2010
8:56 am

You haven’t seen the commercial so how do you know it’s encouraging women NOT to follow the advice of their doctor?

Good grief, if the masses would be quiet the ad would play and be gone. Few would be impactede by its message. Instead, the debate over the ad is garnering more press that the ad itself.

Outhouse GoKart

January 27th, 2010
9:07 am

getalife

January 27th, 2010
9:04 am

If ya cant beat em, re-install them. In typical Obama fashion!