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I guess the groups like NOW were afraid of those words at the end:
FOCUS on FAMILY !!!!
Tebow mother bears a message of love
By Joe Fitzgerald (Boston Herald)
Even before Pam Tebow gets to tell her story in a 30-second spot during tomorrow’s Super Bowl, she’s become a lightning rod, incurring the wrath of pro-abortion zealots.
And that’s exactly how to describe them, though they’d rather be known as pro-choice because it sounds so much more reasonable. But make no mistake, the only choice this crowd will tolerate is its own.
Tebow, however, wants to share a story of how she was led by faith to continue a pregnancy against the advice of doctors who feared the baby she was carrying might have been damaged by medicine she had ingested. Though they implored her to terminate that pregnancy, she chose life.
Tim Tebow, the magnificent quarterback at the University of Florida, was the baby she delivered 23 years ago.
Many would see that as a beautiful story, but not Erin Matson, speaking for the National Organization of Women, who contemptuously dismisses it as “hate masquerading as love.”
Ms. Matson would seem to qualify as an authority on hatred, but it’s obvious she’s got a lot to learn about love, and there’s a mom in this city who could teach her well.
She and her husband, both active in Boston schools, will be watching tomorrow’s game, not to root for the Colts or Saints, but to silently applaud Pam Tebow.
Their son, a handsome, gifted college freshman, was born 19 years ago.
“I was in my fifth month when tests had my doctor concerned I might be carrying a Down’s syndrome child,” she recalled. “So he sent me to a place on Longwood Avenue for more ultrasound testing.
“The specialist wanted to proceed with an amniocentesis, but I told her no, that I was afraid it might cause a miscarriage. She immediately began to challenge me: ‘Do you think you have this right, knowing there might be a defect?’ I said, ‘Yes, I absolutely do have the right to bear and love this child!’ ”
Now 54, she is still moved deeply when she remembers the day her son arrived.
“When I heard the doctor say, ‘He’s fine,’ I cried for two hours.
“So I love the fact Pam Tebow’s story is getting out because it’s our story, too. I wish I could have seen it back then. It would have been so encouraging, with so many trying to tell me I was doing the wrong thing.
“I just hope someone gets that kind of encouragement tomorrow.”
NOTE: A pop culture professor at Syracuse University has said that Focus On Family could pull their ad right now, save their money, and have had the same impact, due to the manner that the group and the Tebows have been attacked by NOW and others. The CEO of Focus on Family announced yesterday that they have purchased FOUR spots for pre-game ads as well. It is estimated by marketing strategists that Fcus on Family has recived the equivalent of $10 million dollars worth of advertising thanks to NOW, Gloria Allred, and others.
Twenty three years ago, Pam Tebow was on a mission trip in the Phillipines with an illness that threatened her pregnancy. The mother of four was advised by her doctors to abort the fifth pregnancy. Opting not to abort the pregnancy, Pam Tebow gave birth to the child who would grow up to be the 2007 Heisman trophy winner and lead the Florida Gators to two BCS championships… Tim Tebow.
With the Super Bowl approaching, Focus on Family, a Christian group, has purchased a 30 second Super Bowl advertising spot that features Pam Tebow’s story. Ads are presently selling at $2.5-2.8 million.
CBS has agreed to run the ad, and has noted that in recent years it has changed its policy on advocacy ads, having refused one from the United Church of Christ in 2004. (That ad focused on the Church’s position on gays). CBS has stated that under their revised policy, the UCC ad would be accepted as well.
The network has received requests from the Women’s Media Center, with the aid of the National Organization for Women, to cancel the ad, CBS says they have received letters, calls, and emails both in support of the ad and against the ad.
In an effort to counteract the effects of the Palin Factor- the invigoration of the Republican Party as a result of the nomination of Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska for Vice-President– the Obama campaign has made a major effort to court the women’s groups. As a result, today, the National Organization of Women (NOW), has endorsed Sen. Barack Obama for the Presidency.
This is the first time since Walter Mondale chose Geraldine Ferraro as his running mate in 1984 has NOW endorsed ANY Presidentail candidate in a general election. This then begs the question of why this high profile women’s organization would support Obama over the McCain team, when Obama clearly does not support the idea of equal pay for equal work?
As I indicated in a thread several days ago, Sen. Obama pays his female staffers approximately $2500.00 less than their male counterparts. Conversely, Sen. McCain pays his female staffers approximately $6000.00 more than their male counterparts. Thus, the Obama team cannot discredit Sen. McCain as not being supportive of women’s rights, for equal pay, when he himself is not practicing what he “preaches”.