The frenzy surrounding CBS’s airing of a Super Bowl commercial featuring Florida Gator’s quarterback Tim Tebow and his mother, Pam, has sparked public outcry from abortion rights advocates, including feminist and pro-choice attorney Gloria Allred. Allred has written a letter to CBS and launched a media campaign to encourage the broadcaster to pull the ad, sponsored by Focus on the Family, stating that claims in the ad may not be true, and that women‘s lives are at stake.
Fact is, no one, save a handful of executive at Focus on the Family and top CBS officials, has actually seen the ad. It is reasonably assumed, however, that the ad highlights the story of Pam Tebow, who while in the Philippines and pregnant with Tim, was taking antibiotics for an illness. She apparently refused doctors’ suggestions that she seek an abortion.
In a Fox News interview today, Allred claimed that if the ad doesn’t specify that abortions were then, and are now, illegal in the Philippines, warranting a 2-6 year prison term, it is “misleading”. She suggests that obtaining an abortion in the Philippines would have put not only Tebow’s own freedom, but that of the doctors involved, at risk.
Allred further characterizes the ad, which she admits she hasn’t seen, as a “religiously-inspired, sugar-coated ad” which has no place in a Super Bowl. She states the audience is there to watch a football game, not an advocacy ad. She suggests that, at the very least, the ad should disclose that it is truly about religious beliefs. “Women’s lives are at risk,” Allred states.
Critics wonder if this is merely a public relations stunt by Allred, who in a 2003 interview on Hannity and Colmes demonstrated what Catholic League’s Bill Donahue refers to as her own duplicity. Referring to her representation of Amber Frey in a case involving the death of Laci Peterson and her unborn son, Connor, Allred stated, “And the fact that there are two individuals who are dead there, Laci and Connor, that has to be the most important consideration of everything.”
Judy Barnett, President of Reachout Pregnancy Center in Tucson, wonders “What happened to our Freedom of Speech?” She states that if Focus on the Family has the money to pay for the ad (which may run as much as $2.8 million), they should be allowed to share the Tebow’s story. “It’s interesting that the pro-choice advocates are so worried about a 30-second ad.”
The Susan B. Anthony List website www.blockhardfortebow.com began receiving comments on January 27 in support of the Tebow family sharing their story via the Super bowl ad. To date, they have reportedly received over 50,000 comments supporting CBS’s airing of the 30-second spot.
Jim Daly of Focus on the Family encouraged viewers to wait and see the ad. He claims it is actually an inspirational story. “Let’s celebrate life and change the culture in the country.” He goes on to state that there is never a good place to talk about this issue, according to pro-choice advocates. Ultimately, Daly says, the decision to air the ad is up to CBS.
To support CBS’s decision to air the Tebow ad, visit http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2010/jan/10012809.html.
For more info: Visit www.blockhardfortebow.com, or share your thoughts directly with Gloria Allred at Allred, Maroko & Goldberg 6300 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1500 Los Angeles, CA 90048 Phone (323) 302-4773 Fax (323) 653-1660. Or go to http://www.gloriaallred.com/CM/Custom/Contact.asp