It's a case study in the conundrum of liberal ideology: radical feminist groups declaring that a woman's choice to not have an abortion is, somehow, anti-choice.
The far left Women's Media Center put out a press release last week doing just that. The group ripped CBS for accepting a 30-second ad during the Super Bowl featuring college football star Tim Tebow and his mother, Pam.
The ad, sponsored by the Christian group Focus on the Family, draws attention to Pam's decision to bring her pregnancy to term despite health complications that threatened her life.
Millions of viewers will find that pro-family message a welcome relief from the typical raunchy fare aired during the nation's top sporting event. But feminists, apparently, don't appreciate the break from racy beer commercials. In fact, they're enraged by it.
"An ad that uses sports to divide rather than to unite has no place in the biggest national sports event of the year," Jemhu Greene, president of WMC, told the Associated Press.
Given the rhetorical firestorm, you'd think Tebow and his mom were using the ad to encourage Congress to enact the national "Keep Women Barefoot and in the Kitchen Act of 2010." Instead, Pam will explain her decision to have Tim despite doctors' advice to the contrary.
Far from pushing legislation or a political agenda, the Tebows will share their story about choice -- the choice to respect the sanctity of unborn human life. Feminists think it's more offensive than ads objectifying the female body or adulterer politicians (John Edwards and Bill Clinton, I'm looking at you).
Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, makes the valid point that feminists' worst-case scenario for the ad is that women "are exposed to an example of sacrifice for the sake of an unborn child."
Shocking, I know, especially when viewers could be watching naked women in the shower or a woman exposing her endowments during a congressional hearing.
It's a wonder anyone takes feminists seriously when their hypocrisy is so manifold. The duplicity is comparable to African Americans like Al Sharpton giving rich liberal white guys -- Chris "shiver-my-leg" Matthews being one -- a pass when they make racist remarks, but nailing conservatives to the wall for out-of-text comments that aren't remotely racist.
While the deceit is obvious, it isn't surprising. Abortion advocates have foisted the same nonsense for decades. And the illogic escapes the lion's share of mainstream media pundits.
Consider that abortion advocates claim to support a woman's right to make choices about her own body. To them, a child remains part of his or her mother until an undefined number of days, weeks, months, or years after birth. Until that magical -- and unknown -- point when human life begins, the child is just a product of conception. And until that point, the law should allow a woman to make whatever choice she deems right.
But while they're quick to applaud a woman's choice to abort her baby -- "I Had an Abortion" t-shirts, for example -- they seldom encourage the opposite decision and never celebrate it. The truth is in the numbers: for every adoption referral Planned Parenthood made in 2007, it conducted 62 abortions.
What's particularly stoking liberals' fear this time is that they can feel the abortion cause slipping through their fingers. More Democrats are soft-peddling the issue and more Americans becoming pro-life. The prospect of a powerful pro-life ad during the No. 1 television event of the year has them in a tizzy.
They have good reason to be afraid. They have an ally in Barack Obama, but after making lofty promises during the campaign to shore up his base, he's pussyfooting around. Democrats have huge majorities in both chambers of Congress, but they aren't acting, either.
pan>Worse for lefties, for the first time in decades, there's serious talk the Supreme Court could reverse Roe v. Wade. And the electoral purge that's in the works for November will set back the pro-abortion agenda even more.
The Tebow ad is just another crack in a ship that's headed for the bottom of the political and cultural ocean -- and sooner rather than later.
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