Nothing wrong with anti-abortion ad during Super Bowl, says Tebow

My AJC colleague Orlando Ledbetter has posted this from Mobile, Ala.:

Florida quarterback Tim Tebow doesn’t understand the controversy surrounding a Super Bowl ad scheduled to air on CBS on Feb. 7.

The ad was purchased by Focus on the Family, a conservative group that stresses marriage and parenthood.

The ad’s theme will be “Celebrate Family, Celebrate Life,” according to the Associated Press. Tebow’s mother, Pam Tebow, shares the story of her difficult 1987 pregnancy. Instead of getting an abortion she decided to give birth to Tebow.

“I don’t think it’s anything that’s negative or anything like that,” Tebow said Wednesday after the South team’s practice at the Senior Bowl.

Some contend that the Super Bowl should not be used for political agendas.

“It’s a good time and place,” Tebow said. “There are a lot of people watching. It’s a great opportunity to share a very happy and special story about my mom fighting for me. There are a lot of great things in that.”

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120 comments Add your comment

Nathan

January 28th, 2010
5:42 pm

I agree. We should encourage people to not have abortions. We should give people light.

http://www.lighthop.com/home/abortion

God bless

JB

January 28th, 2010
5:53 pm

can we have a ad for the opposing view.

KURT

January 28th, 2010
5:54 pm

What would opposing family and life be?

jtothem

January 28th, 2010
6:01 pm

Man Admits Killing Abortion Provider. Tebow loves this guy from Wichita. So does Kurt?
The opposition is everyone outside the gigantic tumbleweed of crap we call the midwest.
This is the wrong place to try to pedal a political view. Pam Tebow is a liar. You can see it in her face when she gives an interview. The son cannot think for himself so Mommy has to make up his mind for him.

David

January 28th, 2010
6:01 pm

Yes, i would like to see the man who says the opposite view of Family and life is appropriate for a time when families and living people are watching. remember, everyone who supports abortion is alive

joe

January 28th, 2010
6:04 pm

If they are paying. They are not hurting anyone, and all they wish to do is spread an equal message then what the hell is the prob? Of course you can have an opposing view if you wish to pay. Go ask Morgentler for the check to write. I am pro what ever your choice is. Who are these people who are affraid of the add? does sunshine frighten them too?

Mike Smith

January 28th, 2010
6:30 pm

If someone wants to spend the money to oppose Tebow’s mom having given birth to him, then have at it. Maybe a group of Georgia alumni can pay for the ad.

theo

January 28th, 2010
6:36 pm

I was very excited to hear that this would be shown in front of so many people. We need to keep fighting for those innocent lives who cannot say anything. God is the only one who gives life and orchestrates the time for us to leave this earth. I’m glad Tebow’s mom made the right choice to give him life. There are times when life is difficult, but it’s not all about the woman’s rights. Abortion is killing. If one can’t keep that little life, then others would love to adopt that child. That is the best alternative. I wish more people would look to that instead of going to a clinic to kill their baby. I hope this ad helps save many unborn babies….and changes the way our country’s leaders think about life.

TomJynx

January 28th, 2010
6:49 pm

What if it were a “Pro-Choice” commercial? Wait a minute it is a pro-choice commercial! His mom made a choice, and now he’s alive! Isn’t keeping a baby a “choice” too?OH wait I get it its only pro-choice if a baby dies. If that’s the fact why not call it “Pro-Death”?

Im_bonafide

January 28th, 2010
7:28 pm

Why is it that “Meat is Murder” and abortion isn’t? Doesn’t it occur to any of you that it’s a child? I believe in choice: The choice of a mother not to spread her legs in the first place. After that, it’s not part of “her body”, it’s in her body and she chose to put it there. A developing child get’s one thing from the mother besides a place to live for 9 months and that’s food. The unborn child is not getting blood from the mother, it’s got its own. It is unbelievable that there are those of you who cannot grasp the concept there is no difference between an unborn and new born child besides where it resides. I guess that’s the answer to the age-old question: How dumb can you get? Even Jane Roe Is Pro-Life.

ArmyVet

January 28th, 2010
7:36 pm

Tim and his mom want to celebrate a choice she made by working to change the laws and forcing other women to do what she did?

TomJynx doesn’t get it that no one wants to force women like Tim’s mom to get an abortion but she wants to force other women to have babies. That is why we are pro-choice and she is anti-abortion.

Im_bonafide takes the usual route of blaming women without once in 10 lines of blathering saying maybe men shouldn’t have sex. This just shows how much this is really about controlling women’s bodies. Get a life.

billy37

January 28th, 2010
7:41 pm

He is good, I mean he’s really good but you know the way the media, the fans, and even his own family has built him up into this demigod, can only lead him to trouble down the road. He’s just a human being. “The Chosen One” is such an incredibly pretentious title.
This made me stop and think though!http://ketiva.com/Sports/controversial_tim_tebow_to_be_featured_at_super_bowl.html

Garrie

January 28th, 2010
8:10 pm

They have the same right to purchase an Ad for pro-life as the Brewery Companies. Would there be such a stir if it was a pro-choice ad. Everyone is entitle to their opinion and someone is going to be offended no matter what the subject is. I think it took a lot of courage for the Tebow family to discuss something so personal.

Curious and Confused

January 28th, 2010
8:11 pm

For all the people complaining about this ad, it’s not like CBS is giving it away for free. Focus on the Family ponied up the $2,000,000 or whatever to pay for the ad to play, plus production. Is there a group that has the opposite view that wants to pay the money? They would have the right as well.

Curious and Confused

January 28th, 2010
8:11 pm

Enter your comments here

MVonch

January 28th, 2010
8:12 pm

Dear Tom Jynx,

While your last statement (”Oh, wait I get it. It’s only pro-choice if a baby dies. If that’s the fact, why not call it pro-Death?”), is pure sarcasm, it is right on. Clearly, abortion is not a choice for the unborn. Many pro-lifers already do describe abortion supporters as being “Pro-Death.” Since Pro-choice is a euphemism for someone who supports abortion, let’s call it “Pro-Death. Also, let us remember that a baby in our country can be aborted right up until the moment of birth, even if there is nothing wrong with the child and even if the mother’s life is in danger. This procedure is called “partial-birth abortion.” Indeed, this procedure is barbaric and a sin against human life!

It’s time that we provide women in crisis with real choices, rather than just abortion.

I applaud Tim Tebow and his mother Pam for sharing their wonderful story, affirming life

Michael D.

January 28th, 2010
8:14 pm

Sounds like “free speech” to me!

MVonch

January 28th, 2010
8:14 pm

OOPS! Correction: Omission of the word “not.” The sentence should read, “Also, let us remember that a baby in our country can be aborted right up until the moment of birth, even if there is nothing wrong with the child and even if the mother’s life is NOT in danger.”

MVonch

January 28th, 2010
8:16 pm

Thanks Michael D. I agree.

Ted

January 28th, 2010
8:19 pm

While I agree that in this particular instance, choosing life was/is a good choice. Not because it’s Tim Tebow. It could have been someone else who isn’t an athlete. But, there are so many people having children that clearly are not fit to be good parents. Clearly, this guy has good parents that raised him the right way. But, there are people in this world that shouldn’t be here, weren’t planned to be here, and are a drain because they are here. Ignorance breeds ignorance. Pro choice.

Dr. Aborto

January 28th, 2010
8:20 pm

Liberals are intolerant of contrary views. They hate dissent. It is not our fault that a pro-abortion ad would be a tough sell. I have hope that the liberals will eventually abort themselves into extinction.

Reverie

January 28th, 2010
8:20 pm

Who cares what ad runs? If they have the money there is really no legal or ethical reason they shouldn’t be able to run the ad. If you disagree with the ad, fine. If you agree with the ad, fine. Why have we set ourselves up to be the thought police? Years ago there was a guy that would run for Governor every four years on the most racist and bigoted platform ever devised. He ran his ads in print and on radio and television. Nobody rioted in the streets. Nobody died of being offended. Nobody left town. Everybody laughed at his viewpoints and derided his positions. There are laws that prevent tobacco advertisements but not alcohol. I’m not in favor of either one but they are legal and it seems sort of anti-American to restrict those ads. Finally, if your viewpoint on controversial subjects is so weak you can’t allow dissent, how good of a viewpoint do you have?

ManCrush.com

January 28th, 2010
8:21 pm

CBS is considering airing a gay dating site during superbowl.A slippery slope we are on:

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2010/01/28/exclusive-cbs-limbo-air-gay-dating-site-ad-super-bowl/

CBS

tom

January 28th, 2010
8:25 pm

just hope bimbo..er timbo..er bobo, er bow wow, or watever the heck his name is, just doesnt cry . his check from feces on the family is in the mal

Sam Smith

January 28th, 2010
8:26 pm

Responding to Im_bonafide’s note: “It is unbelievable that there are those of you who cannot grasp the concept there is no difference between an unborn and new born child besides where it resides.”

Well, let’s pull one of ‘em out at three months, put the two side by side, and see how your statement holds up then. Your deciding that a clump of cells and tissues constitutes a living being based on geography is certainly a leap of, um, “faith.”

Michelle

January 28th, 2010
8:26 pm

Why didn’t the spend the 2 million dollars to “focus on the families” already here???

Sam Smith

January 28th, 2010
8:32 pm

Michelle: Right on!

Greg

January 28th, 2010
8:36 pm

why not spend the 2 million dollars on the orphans that have been created from parents that gave up there kid because they couldn’t handle it for whatever reason. Or give it to the 16 yr. olds that have not work no life because they are parents. Id love to see some of these pro-lifers use thier energy in that way. Make a real difference.

AR

January 28th, 2010
8:37 pm

What is the opposing point of view? That it’s GOOD to abort babies?

“I’m Mrs. Jones here and I am SO happy I aborted my baby. Imagine if I had to actually CARE for a KID instead of thinking only about myself my entire life?”

Even you pro-abortionists have to admit that it’s not a POSITIVE thing to abort babies, even though it is LEGAL.

Greg

January 28th, 2010
8:39 pm

I must have been writing the same time as Michelle. Yes, right on!

Greg

January 28th, 2010
8:40 pm

it is pro-choice, truly, I have not right to decide what is right for someone else

Larry

January 28th, 2010
8:42 pm

Here’s a question. If we can assume there’s a God, and this God created life, what would God say about abortion of a human fetus?

Perhaps this is the REAL question…do you believe in a God? Whether you do or not greatly influences which side you embrace, pro life or pro choice!

Gale

January 28th, 2010
8:42 pm

The thing that gets me is if someone disagrees with your beliefs then they have no rights to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech is the American way. Personally I am anti-abortion, but if someone wants to run an ad contrary to what my beliefs are, have at it!!! That falls under Freedom of Speech for all Americans!!!

Byron Mathison Kerr

January 28th, 2010
8:43 pm

Tebow’s mother decided to continue her pregnancy despite advice from her doctor — and I am sure there is not a single person around who is not absolutely grateful that he was born, she survived, and they are both living heathy and vibrant lives today.

And there are a lot of pregnancies that started out as really bad news. But when the child is born and becomes a beacon of joy and pride in the families lives, they oftentimes put aside any original thoughts of despair they felt over the start of the pregnancy.

But it is ultimately a moot point. What would things be like if Adolph Hitler’s mother had terminated her pregnancy?

Personally, I completely defend a woman’s right to be able to choose the option that works for her life and her conscience.

I believe we should show more interest in the sentient life that exists between birth and death. The world is populated with children living in horrible conditions, even in the United States. And what about the many elderly that do not get the care and attention they need and deserve?

Why does not all that fiery anti-abortion level of passion, resource, and energy get used for the benefit of the alive and breathing people around us who need us?

Sam Smith

January 28th, 2010
8:45 pm

ManCrush.com: I figured that Pro Lifers like yourself would actually be in favor of encouraging gay men and women to date. They’re certainly less likely to make babies than hetero couples! Their chances of having to resort to abortion are slim to none. They’re practically role models!

“A slippery slope we are on.” Seriously? Come on! You’re just being silly. There are no slopes to worry about since the Earth is flat, right?

ManCrush.com

January 28th, 2010
8:50 pm

SS–yes I am a Pro Lifer, but I am against airing the ad. The superbowl is no place to be discussing such a serious matter.

Yea, that slippery slope comment was a freudian slip—-get it, gay dating, slippery slopes—ah, forget it.

Zerevon

January 28th, 2010
8:52 pm

I am a die-heart Alabama fan and I agree with Tebow %110. He is a good human being and there is everything right with what he is telling the American people. What would you like sport stars to do rape,murder,etc.or like some of them do or have a positive message like he does? Tebow is a famous guy whether you like it or not. He was a great football player looks like he is even going to be a greater human being.

robin

January 28th, 2010
8:53 pm

Why not spend the 2 million on orphans or whatever? Because as an organization they have as much right to spend their money as they deem, just as Oprah has the right to spend her corporate money as she deems. It doesn’t matter if I agree with the ad or not. What matters is that we still live in America, a melting pot of people, opinions, beliefs, religion and political viewpoints. I’m just glad none of you are privy to my spending.

I am smarter than Tebow

January 28th, 2010
8:56 pm

Tebow made a 890 on his SAT’s and his major is Family and Consumer Sciences (or what we called Home Ec back in the day).

Just another dumb jock, execept he paints bible verses below his eyes instead of wearing bling.

Philly Tide Fan

January 28th, 2010
8:59 pm

Tebow’s mom should have aborted him

Uconn

January 28th, 2010
9:03 pm

How can I do an ad airing a Pro-opinion? I know money, but how would I get in touch with CBS to do it?

Uconn

January 28th, 2010
9:09 pm

Whoops … Pro-opinion = Pro Choice

Hannah Carter

January 28th, 2010
9:10 pm

@JB yes we could have an ad for the opposing view; however, whoever that party is needs to purchase the ad. It always amazes me that in this free market system that people are fine with ads that exploit women, promote alcohol abuse, condone infidelity, and so on. But when one woman made her choice to keep her child, she can’t tell her story? For all of the people who believe that it is a woman’s right to “choose”, let her tell about her choice. If you support a woman’s right to choose, then support a woman’s decision regardless of what she chooses. The group that bought this ad time deserves to be able to share it, just as Budweiser, Pizza Hut, and all the other companies will be given the opportunity to share.

susan

January 28th, 2010
9:12 pm

The term is NOT anti-abortion but PRO-LIFE, but most of the media refuses to use the PRO-LIFE term because “anti” has more negative connotations to it.

Philly Tide Fan

January 28th, 2010
9:20 pm

Sports should not be used to promote political agendas….Tebow can butter this up all he wants….but he wants to use football to promote his political agenda….sports should unite fans…if the same team…not divide

Matt

January 28th, 2010
9:22 pm

Of course the ad should be aired. If the members of FontheF want to spend 2 million to send this 30 second message then go ahead.

The only problem here is that apparently CBS has a history of refusing to air ads from a lib church that supports gays. FREE SPEECH means free speech for everyone and networks should be encouraged to be consistent in their policies.

Hannah Carter

January 28th, 2010
9:25 pm

Also @ all the people who said why don’t pro-lifers spend their money helping the families who are already here? Well interestingly, they already are. They spend millions of dollars every year right here in Georgia and across the United States providing resources for women and their children. The Beacon of Hope Pregnancy Resource Center and the Atlanta Care Center are two great examples. (Many families partner with the new mothers to help support them throughout the life of the child.) Another interesting fact, Focus on the Family actually has just partnered with the Colorado foster care system and other churches to help adopt as many children that are available for adoption out of the foster care system.

So if they are already doing what you proposed, what do you propose they do next with their money? Better yet rather than saying they because that is so broad and non-committal, what are you willing to do to help the children and mothers of America, with your money?

I would challenge you to find a local pregnancy resource center or adoption agency and support them monthly. Criticizing others is easy,yet with that same energy you could help be a solution to the problem. :)

Hannah Carter

January 28th, 2010
9:27 pm

Project 1.27 is the name of the Focus on the Family project.

Philly Tide Fan

January 28th, 2010
9:31 pm

Hannah….so are you actually saying that pro-lifers do not criticize pro-choicers?

Cristobal Franciso

January 28th, 2010
9:31 pm

Abortion is nothing but a murder of convenience… Everyone who is pro-choice should be forced to perform an abortion and look at the results of their work… Let’s see how they feel about it then… Ever seen the results of a late term abortion?… Unbelievably sick… One day the abortion era will be viewed as comparable to the Holocaust…