New York Times Defends Pro-Life Ad Featuring Tim Tebow, Mom’s Non-Abortion
Update: the Focus on the Family ad is at: http://www.focusonthefamily.com/nsc/box/video_player.aspx?video=super_bowl_ad
by Steven Ertelt
January 31, 2010
New York, NY (LifeNews.com) — The New York Times is no bastion of pro-life thought and has taken a consistently aggressive pro-abortion stance over the years. In what may come as a shock to pro-life advocates, the liberal newspaper issued an editorial today taking abortion advocates to task for blasting an ad featuring Tim Tebow.
As LifeNews.com has reported, the ad, sponsored by Focus on the Family, will reportedly focus on the story of Tebow’s birth.
Tebow’s mother, Pam Tebow, rejected a doctor’s suggestion to get an abortion when she became ill on a missions trip to the Philippines during her pregnancy with Tim. Tebow gave birth to Tim and he famously won the 2007 Heisman Trophy and led the Florida Gators to a college football championship.
The Focus on the Family ad has drawn attacks from abortion advocates, who have called on CBS to cancel its plans to allow the ad to air before and after the Super Bowl, and feminist attorney Gloria Allred has made the claim Pam Tebow made up her story about rejecting an abortion.
The New York Times weighed in on the debate in an official editorial titled “Super Bowl Censorship.”
“The National Organization for Women, NARAL Pro-Choice America and other voices … have called on CBS to yank it,” the Times editorial board wrote. “Their protest is puzzling and dismaying.”
The Times noted how the Women’s Media Center (for a collection of pro-abortion groups) sent a letter to CBS calling for rejecting the ad, saying the commercial “uses one family’s story to dictate morality to the American public, and encourages young women to disregard medical advice, putting their lives at risk.”
Responding to the claim, the Times calls it “a lame attempt to portray the ad as life-threatening.”
read the entire article at: http://www.lifenews.com/state4775.html
In a related article Ken Shepherd at Newbusters.com (an anti-liberal political website) quotes a story by “liberal, pro-choice sports columnist Sally Jenkins” in the other national liberal newspaper The Washington Post:. She writes:
“Are you saving yourself for marriage?” Tebow was asked last summer during an SEC media day.
“Yes, I am,” he replied.
The room fell into a hush, followed by tittering: The best college football player in the country had just announced he was a virgin. As Tebow gauged the reaction from the reporters in the room, he burst out laughing. They were a lot more embarrassed than he was.
“I think y’all are stunned right now!” he said. “You can’t even ask a question!”
That’s how far we’ve come from any kind of sane viewpoint about star athletes and sex. Promiscuity is so the norm that if a stud isn’t shagging everything in sight, we feel faintly ashamed for him.