Last week there was a huge ruckus over the news that Focus on the Family had produced a pro-life TV Commercial to air during the superbowl, featuring Pam and Tim Tebow.
While pregnant, Pam suffered a life-threatening infection with a pathogenic amoeba. Because of the drugs used to rouse her from a coma and to treat her dysentery, the fetus experienced a severe placental abruption. Doctors expected a stillbirth and recommended an abortion to protect her life. But Pam chose instead to have her child, and put the outcome in God’s hands. The result was that her son, Tim, was born perfect and healthy, and has grown up to be a football all-star, among other achievements winning the Heisman Trophy.
Pro-choice groups around the country were up in arms, claiming that this TV commercial was an assault on a woman’s right to choose abortion.
The argument is ridiculous when you think about it for more than a nanosecond. If you truly are pro-CHOICE (not just pro-abortion), then you must recognize and defend the idea that women have the right to choose life for their child. So a TV commerical celebrating that as a positive and wonderful decision OUGHT to be as exciting to pro-choicers as it is to pro-lifers. They should be ecstatic at the courage shown by Pam Tebow, and be sending her mail saying “You go girl!”
Of course, that will not happen.
Did you see the commercial when it aired on Sunday night? You can watch it below. What went through my mind after seeing it was, “Is that IT?” Not that there’s anything wrong with it. It’s well produced, and funny, and warm. Good stuff! And I applaud the Tebows and Focus for doing it (and at great expense I might add). But it’s hardly a throwing down of the gauntlet in the abortion debate. It’s fairly innocuous really.
Then today things have taken another turn into the surreal. Charles Warner, a blogger with Media Curmudgon.com has written an article now being carried by the Huffington Post. The headline reads: “Focus on the Family’s Superbowl Ad Violence.” His opening paragraph reads as follows,
“The Focus on the Family’s Super Bowl commercial featuring Tim Tebow tackling his mother is typical of the anti-abortion movement’s twisted thinking: Using violence to support their position against using violence to kill nascent life.”
Is he serious? Apparently so if you go on and read the whole article.
The commercial is obviously a spoof on the “office quarterback” series that were so popular in previous Superbowls. It’s completely lighthearted, and far less “violent” than many of the other commercials aired Sunday. Far less violent than most of the old cartoons we grew up watching. In fact for Warner to refer to “using violence” in the way he does, and somehow drawing a comparison between the Tebow commercial and the trauma of an abortion is sick. And it reveals the cauterizing that has happened to the national conscience over this issue.
Such a huge backlash. Hmm. It seems clear that most of the pro-choice lobbying in this country is NOT about a woman’s right choose at all. It’s about the social legitimization of infanticide.