The upcoming Super Bowl XLIV — pitting the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts, is creating an uproar in circles that often are not focused on football. The element of the upcoming Super Sunday that is drawing a significant amount of attention is, of all things, the commercials. Actually the focus is on a specific commercial.
The ad that has caught the attention of the National Organization for Women, the Feminist Majority Foundation and the Women’s Media Center and has feminist groups in a tizzy, features the true story of a mother choosing to continue her pregnancy despite a doctor’s advice that she abort her unborn child.
The mother featured in the commercial is Pam Tebow. And the child she carried to term is her son, college football star Tim Tebow.
Bob and Pam Tebow traveled to the Philippines in 1987 as church missionaries. Pam was pregnant with the couple’s fifth child. During the trip, Pam contracted amoebic dysentery, a life-threatening condition. Doctors recommended an abortion. Pam rejected the advice and gave birth to Tim on Aug. 14, 1987.
Focus on the Family, a pro-family organization, is paying for the compelling Tebow story, as related by Pam, during a commercial break.
Last year an estimated 148 million people tuned in to watch the Super Bowl. The rare opportunity to get the pro-life message out to millions of viewers, and make them think about the blessing that is life, catches like a bone in the throat of the so-called “pro-choice” crowd.
The truth is, the only choice they want people to have is the one they offer.