Superbowl to air anti-abortion ad starring Tim Tebow


I hate football. I know that’s not a popular opinion to have, especially when about 70% of my visitors are Americans, but considering the average 3 hour game only has a total of about 11 minutes of actual play time, I find it both incredibly dull and utterly pointless. I can’t, however, deny there is something about the way it’s put together. They’ve even managed to make showing commercials something people look forward to (which in an average game accounts for 60 minutes of ads; no wonder it’s “America’s sport”), although CBS’s recent decision to air an anti-abortion commercial starring Florida quarterback Tim Tebow and his mother Pam may change that.

Focus on the Family, the nutjob institution that thinks gays are trying to ruin “traditional marriage”, is going to air the pair in a 30 second advert. You see, back in 1987, Pam Tebow became pregnant, but severe complications threatened both her life and that of the baby, so doctors recommended she terminate the pregnancy. She refused, and later fell into a coma for a while; the pregnancy was so hard she was completely bedridden almost the entire time. She decided to take a huge risk and keep the child, and that baby was Florida quarterback Tim Tebow. Now, you can imagine how they want to spin this fucking yarn.

Of course, the fact both Pam and Tim survived and are both healthy is a bit of a rarity, and it definitely sends the wrong message concerning the real risks some women face during difficult pregnancies. The fact that they are both alive is a testament to the power of medical science, not God. I doubt very much that the ad will put much focus on just how serious her medical problems were in the 30 seconds they have to play with. Besides, it’s like trying to prove smoking isn’t harmful by finding a 90 year old who smokes three packs a day. Yes, We EXPECT there will always be a few exceptions out there, but flaunting them is both dishonest and dangerous (read a great summary of the arguments here).

CBS used to have a policy of neutrality when it came to advertising during the Super Bowl, but inexplicably they’ve decided to break this rule. Are they going to leave out the fact Pam had the OPTION not to terminate her pregnancy? I don’t know what the ad will say, but people should be aware Focus on the Family’s real agenda is to make ALL abortions illegal, regardless of the consequences to the mother. When is America finally going to stand by the idea of freedom of choice when it comes to abortion? The fact this is still an issue is an embarrassment to a country that prides itself on being free.

Comments (24)

  • avatar

    Frank

    Thats hilariours, just look at tebow he dont look like he’s going to need to worry about abortions. Im just waiting for the day when he decides to come out.

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    Razzle

    You hate football, I hate Tim Tebow and I almost hate you, for hating football. It is good for Florida, his family and potentially a team in the NFL, that he wasn’t aborted, but it’s not like his mother risked death knowing a super athlete would pop out as a result.

    I do admire her wanting to risk her life for the kid, but as mentioned this is an anecdote.

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    Andy A

    My wife is the result of her mother aborting a different baby. She wouldn’t exist WITHOUT abortion. :D

    NULLIFICATION FATALITY.

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    Scott

    If Tebow is God’s Gift to Football, then why didn’t he spare the QB a severe concussion?

    American football relic of an outdated method of waging war, where two sides line up on the battlefield, fight, the break to fight later. I try not to like it, but I’m from Southern Louisiana, where you’re born a Saints fan.

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    Brian

    Don’t worry – I have lived in 4 different states here in America (all big football areas) and have never liked the game. Consider why football and baseball are so popular – you can fall asleep at any time throughout the game and not really miss anything.

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    Charles Evo

    At least it beats Canadian football.

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    CybrgnX

    Its amazing how these xtians go on about abortion when their on g0d ordered 20000 (approx) abortions before jepus even got here.
    Maybe they feel guilty and are trying to make up for it.
    Oh-Wait!! the old testament did it by killing lots of pregnant women, now they want abortion outlawed which would lead to lots of pregnant women being damaged or killed. I guess they haven’t changed at all, just different methods.

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    Faith

    Okay, here’s a little question that’s been bothering me. If Jesus loves the little children, and all that good rot, and doesn’t want them to be aborted – why does he not allow unbaptized babies into heaven? Kind of a double smack in the face, isn’t it? Aborted by your parents or circumstance, then God of all people refusing you entry into eternal paradise based on the idea that you’re responsible for Adam and Eve eating fruit then seeing each other’s weewee’s in Eden? (Don’t knock my version of it, my version is inspired – by Jesus.)

    I don’t remember anyone protesting God with picket lines and signs after he killed all those innocent children in the great flood, or the first born in Egypt, or blah blah blah, the list continues.

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    Richard

    Isn’t the pro-lifer argument just basically you can’t “kill” the fetuses because they have souls? Because if it is, then I underestimate the stupidity of a populous in which a substantial number of people side with that argument. But perhaps I’m mistaken, perhaps there is an actual argument there.

    And I don’t care for football either. Hockey’s where its at.

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    Remi H. Winther

    Can’t really believe that it’s 2010 and still, still people thinks that women aren’t allowed to control their own bodies.
    People that still thinks that unwanted unborn embryo/fetus can grow up and have a bright future OR they just don’t give a shit about their future.
    People that just don’t get it that unwanted children are more likely to be criminals, due to lousy family conditions.
    People that thinks that embryos are human beings, with the ‘right’ to be born…

    USA have a big problem caused by conservatives, religion and overall ignorance. However, I figure readers on this website, are smarter than the ‘prejudiceed’ view from an un-american.

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    Kevin

    I have a really difficult position when it comes to Pro-Choice, Pro-Life things. I guess you could say I’m Pro-Adoption (with the caveat that I don’t know much about the laws / costs associated with it.) I would prefer an unwanted baby goes to a family that cannot have a child than for it to be thrown away.

    That stated, my caveat holds true, that I don’t know about whether or not Adoption requires a lot of work / money / red tape. I think that we have no business telling a woman she can’t have an abortion, but I don’t think abortions should be the new form of birth control for idiots who can’t use a condom.

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    Charlie

    “When is America finally going to stand by the idea of freedom of choice when it comes to abortion? The fact that this is still an issue is an embarrassment to a country that prides itself on being free.”

    How is America NOT standing by the idea? Abortion is completely legal in the United States and has been in every state since 1973 (and in some states even longer). Does every American have to be on board with what the government decides? People have the freedom to have their own ideas and opinions about every issue and the freedom to try to change the minds of the public and shape their country.

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    Infinite Monkey

    I’m REALLY looking forward to the gay scandal this guy’s gonna get caught up in.

  • avatar

    Geekfu_Girl

    “How is America NOT standing by the idea? Abortion is completely legal in the United States and has been in every state since 1973 (and in some states even longer). Does every American have to be on board with what the government decides? People have the freedom to have their own ideas and opinions about every issue and the freedom to try to change the minds of the public and shape their country.”

    Abortion is legal, but it remains controversial. There has been an ongoing push to change or undermine abortion laws. The issue incites violence and harrassment. Everyday there are people attempting to overturn this right.

    Of course no one has to agree with every decision the Government makes, but we can still criticize each other for the beliefs we hold. Although I believe he was referring to America the people, not America the Government.

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    Dorene

    Who’s the effing idiot…?
    Are you trying to claim that the majority of abortions are for MEDICAL REASONS!?!?
    C’mon, you disingenuous puke!
    Abortion is an act of convenience for about 90% of the cases.
    Abortion is the modern holocaust. I hope you live to see the truth.

  • avatar

    Thiga

    Modern Holocaust lmao. Most pregnancy’s are aborted naturally, gods the biggest murderer of all I guess.

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    fred johnson

    America is surprisingly backward is so many ways, if these hypocrites are so concerned about abortion and human life then why do they not take in homeless people and look after them because life is so precious?

    Why are these same hypocrites not in Africa helping starving babies with every waking moment, doing their best to save precious human life?

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    Zombie Jesus

    On the discussion of freedom: the majority oppressing the minority is not a free country. One is free to hold any belief they choose so long as it does not infringe on the freedom of others. Allowing a bunch of people thinking slavery is a good idea is a free country; Actually having slavery is not a free country. Now replace slavery with banning abortions.

    What some people seem to forget is that Pam Tebow already survived her slim chance at survival. This means that all those other mothers who may be forced into complications leading to death won’t affect her. That’s why she can be so smug about it. It’s awesome when forcing people to conform to your beliefs fucks over someone and you don’t change a thing. America, fuck yeah.

  • avatar

    keeyop

    wow, great posts everybody!
    [except for Dorene, the drive-by. To her: it's the AD that discusses abortions done (or not) for MEDICAL REASONS. hence the discussion. disingenuous puke, indeed.]

    It’s presumptuous and irresponsible for someone who tempted fate and lucked out, to assert that others follow her example. Such is the tunnel vision of a missionary… Bad for America. Bad for the world.

    p.s.-football does indeed, suck. balls. [wait, i hate that saying]

  • avatar

    Spector567

    If anyone gets a chance they should look up “freakanomics” he basically showed that the less unwanted children a society had at any point in time vastly reduced the crime rate. (he didn’t promote abortion but basically sound family planning).

    Also interesting fact. America has the highest abortion rate for all the industrilized nations by over 2x the national average of the closest. They lead in teenage pregnencies by a simular margin.

    In short of these people were serious about stopping abortions they would promote proper sex education in schools.

    I find it terribly Ironic and stupid that the same people who want to stop abortions are the same ones who are causing the problem in the first place.

  • avatar

    Tom

    Some people just regard babies at all stages as life and don’t agree with any sort of killing. It’s not as monstrous of an opinion as people think.

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