Women's groups call on CBS to not air Tim Tebow & Focus on the Family's anti-abortion ad at Super Bowl

Among the various things that could alienate viewers of the Super Bowl is the fact that Focus on the Family was responsible for a letter that they distributed before the 2008 election, about what would happen if Barack Obama was elected President.  Signed by "A Christian in 2012", it read in part that there would be :

A 6-3 liberal majority Supreme Court that results in rulings like one making gay marriage the law of the land and another forcing the Boy Scouts to "hire homosexual scoutmasters and allow them to sleep in tents with young boys." (In the imagined scenario, The Boy Scouts choose to disband rather than obey).

• A series of domestic and international disasters based on Obama's "reluctance to send troops overseas." That includes terrorist attacks on U.S. soil that kill hundreds, Russia occupying the Baltic states and Eastern European countries including Poland and the Czech Republic, and al-Qaeda overwhelming Iraq.

• Nationalized health care with long lines for surgery and no access to hospitals for people over 80.

Among the few national sports writers who have come out to criticize CBS for airing the ad is CBS Sports.com national columnist Gregg Doyel, whose stance isn't so much critical of Focus on the Family as it is that it will bring politics into America's favorite TV party of the year.  Doyel recently wrote:

Apparently the commercial has a beautiful, undeniable message. Tebow's mother suffered a life-threatening infection during that pregnancy, and doctors advised her to abort the baby. She didn't. She named him Tim. Just typing this paragraph gives me goose bumps. The commercial might just make me cry.

Still, I don't want to see. Not during the damn Super Bowl. And I'm not complaining about the ad because it's anti-abortion and I'm not. I'm complaining about the ad because it's pro-politics. And I'm not. Not on Super Sunday. If you're a sports fan, and I am, that's the holiest day of the year. That's a day for five hours of football pregame shows and four hours of football game and three hours of postgame football analysis. That's a day for football addicts to gorge themselves to the gills on football.

It's not a day to discuss abortion. For it, against it, I don't care what you are. On Super Sunday, I don't care what I am. Feb. 7 is simply not the day to have that discussion.

CBS has said that it doesn’t accept spots where “substantial elements of the community (are) in opposition to one another.”  Which is why it refused a request by MoveOn.org reportedly back in 2004.  We'll see if the story grows in the upcoming week and a half.

The local Florida daily sports pages are filled today with a burning question for fans of University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow's pro prospects, but it's his appearance in an ad that will air during the Super Bowl that is creating some serious buzz.

The Women's Media Center based in New York is gathering up petition signatures to send to CBS, demanding that the network scrap an ad that will air on Super Sunday featuring Tebow and his mother. The ad is being paid for by the Christian conservative group Focus on the Family, and according to the AP:

is expected to recount the story of Pam Tebow's pregnancy in 1987 with a theme of "Celebrate Family, Celebrate Life." After getting sick during a mission trip to the Philippines, she ignored a recommendation by doctors to abort her fifth child and gave birth to Tim, who went on to win the 2007 Heisman Trophy while helping his Florida team to two BCS championships.

In a letter sent to CBS, the Women's Media Center wants the network to eschew airing the 30-second ad (which is expected to cost over $2.5 million) because it's being produced by Focus on the Family:

"By offering one of the most coveted advertising spots of the year 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."


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