Ball point pen on the morning newsprint

Commercials aired during the Super Bowl have a history of generating more buzz than the game itself. With 90-plus million viewers, ad agencies break out the top guns. This year CBS has agreed to air a controversial anti-abortion, pro-life ad, paid for by the conservative Christian group Focus on the Family. The ad features college football superstar Tim Tebow and his mom Pam Tebow. Tim has led his Florida Gators to their second national championship in three years. Twenty two years ago, while Pam was pregnant, she contracted amoebic dysentery. The prescribed medicines threatened her unborn fetus and doctors advised her to abort the fetus. Pam ignored the doctors advice and gave birth to the future Heisman trophy winner.

What are we to conclude?

  1. February 4, 2010 -

    First, nice work as always. I don't see this ad as a big threat to the opinions of pro choice advocates because abortion much like other religious and political opinions are not so easily changed that a short commercial is going to do the trick. Most likely if you're pro choice you will dismiss the ad and if you're pro life you will applaud it. I don't think much will change except for the fact that it gives "politicians" like Sarah Palin something to rally around.

  2. February 4, 2010 -

    Thanks Alex, I agree this won't change peoples minds. But if there's one thing that sticks in my craw it's pols riding into office on the strength of these one-issue voters giving them license to screw things up with immunity.

  3. February 4, 2010 -

    Oh, good one!