Birth denouncement

Florida quarterback Tim Tebow penalized for celebration -- of life

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So-called "pro-choice" groups aren't in favor of all choices.

Florida quarterback Tim Tebow is scheduled to appear in a TV ad during the upcoming Super Bowl that will tout life and childbirth over abortion.  Associated Press
Associated Press
Florida quarterback Tim Tebow is scheduled to appear in a TV ad during the upcoming Super Bowl that will tout life and childbirth over abortion.

Birth, for instance, really seems to gall them.

Why else would they fight bitterly to keep a pro-birth advertisement off of the Feb. 7 Super Bowl broadcast on CBS?

The ad by Focus on the Family features collegiate all-star quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow of the University of Florida Gators, whose missionary mother, while in the Philippines, defied medical advice and gave birth to perhaps the best college football player ever -- certainly one of the finest role models in the game.

We can understand why some Bulldog and Seminole fans might rue the day Tebow was born. But how could anyone be opposed to such an uplifting and life-affirming story being told to the year's biggest television audience?

Unless they're not "pro" all choices, that is.

They don't want the birth story told. They want it strangled in the crib. It infringes on their copyright of abortion.

Whose side are these "women's groups" on -- women, or abortionists? As Matthew Philbin of the Media Research Center writes, Super Bowl ads are known for their penchant to "tastelessly use sex and the objectification of the female body to attract attention. You'd think 'women's groups' might have something to say about that."

Nope. But present a pro-birth point of view, and they're all over you: several women's groups are said to be lobbying hard for CBS to pull the Tebow ad.

"By offering one of the most coveted advertising spots of the year," spews a letter to CBS from the Women's Media Center, "to an anti-equality, anti-choice, homophobic organization, CBS is aligning itself with a political stance that will damage its reputation, alienate viewers, and discourage consumers from supporting its shows and advertisers."

Wow. Allowing someone to tell his story of being born will "damage" a network's reputation?

Can these so-called "women's" groups -- actually fronts for the abortion industry -- get any more extreme? They want to ban messages affirming the choice of birth? Isn't "choice" a sacrament?

Oh, wait. Only the choice to kill a child is a sacrament in their eyes.

Thankfully, CBS seems to be sticking to its guns -- and, in fact, has more or less invited other advocacy groups to air tastefully produced ads.

And why not? Shouldn't we be celebrating free speech, rather than trying to curtail it?

Even when it celebrates life?

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BeaufordT
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BeaufordT 01/28/10 - 04:33 am
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Another great opinion piece!

Another great opinion piece! It's just another reason to admire Tim and the entire Tebow family. Thanks also to CBS for not bowing to the rabid feminazis.

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Brad Owens 01/28/10 - 04:44 am
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I really can't see how anyone

I really can't see how anyone could agree with limiting any form of speech.

gijoe78-98
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gijoe78-98 01/28/10 - 04:54 am
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I listened to a rep from

I listened to a rep from Women's Media Center on Laura Ingraham's radio show Wed. She was totally as this piece describes. They are doing everything they can to stop this ad. Yes, their "pro" choice position does not include letting anyone promote the choice of life. This is another example of liberals wanting to deny free speech when it does not suit their purpose.

methree
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methree 01/28/10 - 06:18 am
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pro choice is pro choice! and

pro choice is pro choice!
and i really don't want to listen to rabid religious crap during the super bowl!
go budweiser!!

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 01/28/10 - 06:47 am
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I like the choice to kill.

I like the choice to kill. While I often make it, I rarely carry through with it. It will be nice to hear support for the "other side".

howcanweknow
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howcanweknow 01/28/10 - 08:33 am
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Hypocrisy, thy name is the

Hypocrisy, thy name is the pro-choice movement. They are so transparent, it is pathetic. These folks are pro-choice as long as the "choice" fits their agenda. The are anti-free speech. They are anti-life. They are anti-truth. Otherwise, why should they get so upset just because someone was born? Would they rather Tebow have been killed? They try to hide behind a thin veneer of "choice", but are extremely transparent -- agree with them, and you can speak. Disagree and you must be silenced. The reason is clear: they cannot justify their belief, so they must silence anything that points out the truth regarding that position. Disgusting, dishonest, hypocritical, and un-American through and through.

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TechLover 01/28/10 - 09:29 am
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Wonder how fast the Media

Wonder how fast the Media Research Center would turn down ads for Budweiser and Planned Parenthood on their website?

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Riverman1 01/28/10 - 09:44 am
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I think the commercial should

I think the commercial should be aired, but the story is highly suspect. Placenta abruptio which is what his mother had results in death of the infant 1 in 700 times. It was reported she was told the infant would probably be still born. The status of the infant would have been known by simple monitoring. Either the physicians told her wrong if they recommended an abortion or she misunderstood.

TechLover
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TechLover 01/28/10 - 10:01 am
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River, Actually the perinatal

River, Actually the perinatal mortality for placental abruption is around 11.9%, not 0.14%. Maternal mortality is around 3.9%.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/28/10 - 10:18 am
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TechLover, I'll look up the

TechLover, I'll look up the statistics. Thanks.

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run4yrlif 01/28/10 - 10:20 am
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so...lemme get this straight:

so...lemme get this straight: the chronicle is surprised that a commercial invoking perhaps the single most divisive issue there is getting strong reactions?

run4yrlif
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run4yrlif 01/28/10 - 10:24 am
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on a different note, i'm not

on a different note, i'm not so bothered by the message as much as i am the messenger (not tebow...i'm a gator fan through-and-through).

it's difficult to take seriously Focus on the Family when they advocate the birthing of every conception while at the same time their leader writes books telling parents how to beat those children.

all in the name of God.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/28/10 - 10:29 am
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Tech, my stats were for the

Tech, my stats were for the mortality compared to total births. You are right if there has been placenta abruptio as with Teebow, the mortality rate would be as you posted. However, if the fetus was alive, it would be easy to determine and a C-section can be peformed if there is a question of safety of the mother or fetus. What I'm getting at is that I believe the story is overblown although I do defend CBS for airing it.

TechLover
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TechLover 01/28/10 - 10:32 am
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River:http://aje.oxfordjourna

River:http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/reprint/153/4/332.pdf. Stats are from 1995/1996, but are probably still close.

TechLover
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TechLover 01/28/10 - 10:36 am
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River, I'm with you. I still

River, I'm with you. I still prefer the talking frogs. Not sure I want the Super Bowl to be filled with political ads.

BeaufordT
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BeaufordT 01/28/10 - 10:39 am
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The point of the story was

The point of the story was free speech, not the viability of a fetus. This is America, you are allowed to pay to get your message out. Even more so now thanks to the Supreme Court.

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 01/28/10 - 10:41 am
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run - it's not any different

run - it's not any different than the founder of Planned Parenthood being a racist and lobbying for abortion so minority unborn babies could be killed. Over time though they began to believe that any unborn baby should be killed that the monther wants to kill.

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 01/28/10 - 10:47 am
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BeaufordT Thursday, Jan. 28

BeaufordT Thursday, Jan. 28 9:39 AM - I agree. So long at it meets the standards of the network and they can pay for it they should be able to show it. Just like posts here. We are allowed to voice our opinions and messages so long as it meets the AC's standards (policy).

TechLover
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TechLover 01/28/10 - 10:49 am
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Yeah, the Court really messed

Yeah, the Court really messed up the little guy with that one. A total of $5.4 Billion was spent on the 2008 election by the candidates, PACs, interest groups, and parties. Now Exxon can spend more than that with 12% of one years profits. Government of the corporations, by the corporations, and for the corporations...

BeaufordT
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BeaufordT 01/28/10 - 11:02 am
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As long as the fringe

As long as the fringe liberals and the president are so upset about this ruling, it tells me that it is good for the country in the long run. That's my barometer.

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Jane18 01/28/10 - 11:21 am
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Abortion is premeditated

Abortion is premeditated murder, call it anything you want to, it still won't change what it really is!

Fish Out of Water
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Fish Out of Water 01/28/10 - 11:46 am
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While I am not a fan of Focus

While I am not a fan of Focus on the Family, I do happen to believe that murder should carry the same punishment whether it is committed on an adult, a child, or a developing baby (not for religious reasons, it just seems logical to me). Special cases such as rape and when the mother's life is in serious danger deserve special consideration, of course, but this is usually not the case. That being said, CBS has the right to air (or not air) whatever programming or advertisements they choose (they have free speech, too). In the end, they will decide what's best for their company, plain and simple. Either way, I'm glad Tebow was born and was able to give the Gator Nation four wonderful years (UF class of '07 here).

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bushwhacker 01/28/10 - 01:27 pm
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problem is the networks pick

problem is the networks pick and chose which organizations they'll let have commercials hence biasing the public to their agendas

BeaufordT
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BeaufordT 01/28/10 - 01:44 pm
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As private corporations, that

As private corporations, that is their right. It works the same for the labor unions and their agendas. Think about it.....

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Boogaloo 01/28/10 - 02:54 pm
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Put it on mute if you don't

Put it on mute if you don't like it. For a counter-point they could put Jeffrey Dahmer's mom on arguing for the opposite of what Mrs Tebow is advocating.

BeaufordT
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BeaufordT 01/28/10 - 03:14 pm
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LOL! Boogaloo - I might

LOL! Boogaloo - I might actually switch sides on the issue to hear her advocate it. Good one!

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corgimom 01/28/10 - 10:37 pm
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Women, risk your lives so you

Women, risk your lives so you can give birth to a football player. Nothing about his morals, his character, his soul, his spirit, his beliefs- just talk about he plays football. And the AC doesn't see anything wrong with this. Wow. What a shallow position to take. A football player? And the AC supposedly values life? Is that his main worth in life, to play football?

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