Running a pro-life ad is controversial enough for the Super Bowl but that Tim and his mom have teamed with Focus on the Family has made it virtually impossible for pro-abortion groups to keep their mouths shut. But these groups aren’t stopping at just criticism. Even though no one has seen the ad and no one will until it airs live on February 7th, pro-abortion groups are pressuring CBS to reject the it anyway. And liberals claim to be the open minded ones:
The New York-based Women’s Media Center is coordinating the attack on the ad along with the pro-abortion National Organization for Women, the Feminist Majority and other groups
“An ad that uses sports to divide rather than to unite has no place in the biggest national sports event of the year — an event designed to bring Americans together,” Jehmu Greene, president of the Women’s Media Center, told AP.
CBS officials told AP they have approved the ad for airing and that they would block and issue-oriented ad not “appropriate for air.”
In an interview with reporters on Sunday, Tebow defended the ad.
“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,” Tebow said. “I’ve always been very convicted of it (his views on abortion) because that’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.”
Gary Schneeberger, a spokesman for Focus on the Family, told AP that officials with the pro-life group “were a little surprised” by the opposition to the life-affirming ad.
“There’s nothing political and controversial about it,” he said. “When the day arrives, and you sit down to watch the game on TV, those who oppose it will be quite surprised at what the ad is all about.”
It seems the ad will be more along the lines of a testimonial about how Tim’s mom was encouraged to end her pregnancy with Tim when she contracted a dangerous infection:
Pam Tebow and her husband were Christian missionaries in the Philippines in 1985 and they prayed for “Timmy” before she became pregnant.
Unfortunately, as the Gainesville Sun reports, Pam entered into a coma after she contracted amoebic dysentery, an infection of the intestine caused by a parasite found in a contaminated food or drink.
The treatment for the medical condition would require strong medications that doctors told Pam had caused irreversible damage to Tim — so they advised her to have an abortion.
As the Sun reported, Pam Tebow refused the abortion and cited her Christian faith as the reason for her hope that her son would be born without the devastating disabilities physicians predicted.
Pam ultimately spent the last two months of her pregnancy in bed and, eventually, gave birth to a health baby boy in August 1987.
Good for Tim and his mom for standing by their convictions, especially when it will result in Tim becoming a target of pro-abortion groups. Many athletes go out of their way to avoid controversies for the purpose of protecting their images. That Tim is willingly discussing his pro-life principles in the largest public forum on the planet is truly refreshing.
Hat tip: Hot Air