The furor over the planned Tim Tebow ad in the Super Bowl is a revealing act by the modern pro-choice movement.
It is pro-abortion.
At least those megaphone groups that lead the way on pro-choice are pro-abortion. They want nothing, absolutely nothing, to stand in the way of a mother killing her unborn child. That may sound raw, but that is what this debate has always needed — a de-sanitizing of the facts. And it is what science is providing.
When Pam Tebow was pregnant with Tim in 1987, she got sick during a mission trip to the Philippines. Despite doctors’ urgings that she abort the child to safeguard her own life, she chose to risk herself to give life to the baby inside her, and the world — more than just Gator Nation — has Tim Tebow because of it.
Focus on the Family, a pro-life Christian group, decided to run an ad in the Super Bowl that tells that little-known Tebow story. The details of the ad are not known, but Focus on the Family says the ad will not be political or controversial once people watch it.
It is just the story of Pam Tebow’s choice. And this is the key. The story is about a mom choosing life.
Right on cue, the pro-choice lobby is in full-howl, demanding that CBS pull the ad as inappropriate because it might, maybe, push the option of choosing life and not abortion.
A coalition of what are euphemistically known as “women’s groups” — National Organization for Women, Women’s Media Center, etc. — is claiming that a divisive ad has no place in the biggest sporting event of the year.
As Jodi Robinson, editor of pro-choice publication RH Reality Check, is quoted saying: “We don’t need a Christian fundamentalist athlete lecturing other people about his beliefs.”
These people would shut down free speech in an unborn baby’s heartbeat if they had the power. But to set that aside, the ad’s theme is “Celebrate Family, Celebrate Life.” Well now, that is something just too divisive for the Super Bowl, and apparently something for which “women’s groups” will not stand.
And for the record, CBS — not a paragon of anti-abortion, right-wing extremism — approved the script.
The evident shift in the leadership of the pro-choice movement in the past decades has been not toward choice but toward abortion. The groups fight against anyone advising women to choose to give birth. Time after time they vehemently oppose other women’s groups that operate programs near a Planned Parenthood clinic to offer women the choice to give birth and even have the baby adopted.
They oppose those life options just as they oppose Pam Tebow telling her courageous and beautiful story of choosing to give life. Fact is, these groups are no longer — if they ever were — pro-choice. They are pro-abortion. They will spin it otherwise with words, but most Americans are hearing the sound of their actions much louder.
More and more Americans are awakening to the sly deception played on American jurisprudence and morality by the U.S. Supreme Court in the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision — the arbitrary legal division of nine months of gestation into three trimesters and a woman’s right to terminate a fetus.
Thanks largely to the advent of advanced ultrasound technology, more young people are turning pro-life and anti-abortion.
It’s simply a case of believing what is plainly in front of your eyes. When the baby in the ultrasound is seen with a head, arms, legs, fingers, toes and a beating heart and known as male and female, when it moves around and looks like a baby moving around, stretching limbs, it becomes much more difficult to declare it a cellular mass that can be terminated with no more moral angst than removing a tumor.
It is quite obviously a baby, a child, a human. And, as such, it deserves more protection and rights than a tumor.
Americans are becoming more fully aware of this. A Gallup Poll in May found that for the first time since the organization began polling on the subject, a majority of Americans — 51% — call themselves pro-life. That compares to 44% who did just the year before.
The Pew Research Center also found in 2009 that 41% want stronger prohibitions on abortion, compared to 35% in 2007. The shift has been more dramatic over the years among young people.
The generation most virulently pro-abortion — or conceptually pro-choice — is aging and dying, and a new generation raised on ultrasounds and the increasingly sophisticated scientific knowledge we have of the true nature of the womb is simply bowing to this reality: It’s a baby. Once that conclusion is reached, the arguments for being pro-choice become quicksand, if not farcical.
The near-hysterical reaction to the Tebow ad by “women’s groups” suggests an awareness that they are losing the battle to facts and public opinion.
When people who have committed their lives to a cause realize it is beginning to crumble under their feet, they do wretched things — such as women’s groups fighting to block the telling of a brave woman’s touching and selfless story.
Rod Thomson is executive editor of the Gulf Coast Business Review and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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