(VIDEO) Football and Olympic Stars Call for “Respect for Women’s Choices” in New Planned Parenthood Video

Former Minnesota Vikings football player Sean James and former Olympic Gold Medalist Al Joyner appear in a video created by Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) focusing on "respect for women’s choices." Joyner is the brother of Olympic track star Jackie Joyner-Kersee.

The men, both of whom have gone on from sports career to become successful in business, speak to the strengths of the women in their lives and their respect for women’s choices, "sharing their own thoughts about sports, families, and the importance
of personal decision-making."

In the video, James, referring to the CBS-Focus on the Family ad featuring Pam and Tim Tebow, says "I respect and honor Mrs. Tebow’s decision." 

"My mom showed me that women are strong and wise," says James.  

She taught me that only women can make the best decisions about their health and their future.

And Joyner follows by stating "I want my daughter to live in a world where everyone’s decision is respected."

"My dauther will always be my little girl," continues Joyner. 

But I am proud of her everyday as I watch her grow up to be her own person, a smart, confident young woman.  I trust her to take care of herself.

"We’re working toward the day when every woman will be valued; where every woman’s decision about her health and her family will be trusted and respected," said James.

"We celebrate our families by supporting our mothers, by supporting our daughters," says Joyner.

"By trusting women."

In releasing the video, Planned Parenthood of America President Cecile Richards stated that PPFA "respects the ability of every woman to make important personal medical decisions for herself and her family, including the decision by Pam Tebow more than 20 years ago to carry her high-risk pregnancy to term and deliver her son Tim."

The Tebows’ story is compelling, and central to it is the fact that we must respect the ability of every woman to make important medical decisions for herself and her family, after receiving counsel from medical professionals, religious leaders, family members, or others she trusts. 

Moreover, she continued,

The Tebow story underlines what Planned Parenthood has learned from the millions of women doctors and nurses at its health centers have cared for over nearly a century. Women take decisions about their health very seriously. They consider their doctors’ advice, they talk with their loved ones and people they trust, including religious leaders, and they carefully weigh all considerations before making the best decision for themselves and their families. This is true whether it’s a decision about their choice of contraception, specific medical treatments for illnesses like cancer, challenges related to medically complex pregnancies, or any other important health care issue they are considering. 

Ironically, notes Richards:

If Focus on the Family, the sponsor of the ad about the Tebow family, has its way, millions of women would no longer be able to make important personal medical decisions for themselves and their families when it comes to abortion.  Focus on the Family’s long-stated goal is to outlaw abortion except in rare cases when the woman’s life is severely at risk. This is an extreme position, which would rob every woman of the ability to make important personal medical decisions for herself and her family.

“In addition to opposing a woman’s ability to make important medical decisions for herself, Focus on the Family also opposes commonsense comprehensive sex education and life-saving stem cell research. The agenda of this organization is far outside the mainstream of American life. 

Planned Parenthood urges all Americans to ponder the true meaning of the Tebow family’s experience — one in which a woman was presented with medical and moral considerations and made a deeply personal decision in private without government interference. That is exactly what we want every woman to be able to do when she must make important and highly personal medical decisions.”

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  • harry834

    Watched video. Great. How and to whom will it be distributed?

  • jodi-jacobson

    This video was originally produced by Planned Parenthood Federation working with these athletes.

    They have disseminated it on YouTube and on their website; others have picked it up and disseminated it as well.

    We would strongly encourage you and others to help disseminating it to your networks as well.

    Best wishes, Jodi

  • willful-woman

    Finally! Some real men speaking out on the subject in a supportive and affirming way in the middle of this testosterone-fest that is Superbowl weekend. I love it. I posted it on my fb and will be putting it on my blog. I just did a post on Trust Women at Letters of a Willful Woman, my blog at http://www.besidethestonewall.com/. Check it out if you want.

    Thanks again for this. I’ve been signing petitions, calling CBS, the NFL, team owners, etc. This made my day!

  • logical-brian

    “Missing the Point” is a FALLACY in which the statement made is not about the conclusion debated. If abortion is the termination of life then it is murder. We support choice, of course, but not at the expense of the right to life of another.
    The “pro-choice” movement is in denial of the moral argument of whether an unborn child is life and if so, at what stage?
    Life (a scientific definition): An organism exhibiting all or most of these characteristics: Adaptation, growth, homeostasis, metabolism, organization, reproduction, response to stimuli.
    Within weeks of conception we have “life”. To say a “woman understands best” or “has the right to choose” is to say that she has the right to kill. That is the argument that “Pro-choicers” avoid.
    "Amicus Plato — amicus Aristoteles — magis amica veritas" -Socrates

  • harry834

    when/if I find out that my sister, female boss, female friend, mother, co-worker has A.) killed their newborn or B.) killed their unborn (ie had an abortion) what should I do? What would you do?

    What would you do to some of the women who comment on this site who have had abortions themselves? To such a woman you were arguing face to face with?

  • prochoicegoth

    If abortion is the termination of life then it is murder.

    Not really. Murder is a legal term defined when one PERSON UNLAWFULLY kills another PERSON. The fetus is not yet a person and abortion is not against the law.

    The "pro-choice" movement is in denial of the moral argument of whether an unborn child is life and if so, at what stage?

    Says who? We KNOW a fetus is a life. However, does having life trump a woman’s bodily autonomy? I don’t think so.

    To say a "woman understands best" or "has the right to choose" is to
    say that she has the right to kill. That is the argument that
    "Pro-choicers" avoid.

    No. To say a woman has the right to choose is just that. She has the right to choose whether that embryo/fetus stays in her body. No one denies that an abortion results in the death of an embryo or fetus. However, that doesn’t make abortions wrong, as a woman has autonomy. NOTHING and NO ONE has the right to use her body without her consent or against her wishes. You CANNOT give a fetus a right that NO OTHER HUMAN has. If you say a fetus can use a woman’s body against her wishes, then what’s stopping her spouse or some man from raping her? What’s stopping a dying patient in need of a kidney from forcefully taking hers if she’s a match?

    It’s pro-choice or NO choice.

  • prochoicegoth

    And has he given you a logical reply? Or does he simply ignore it because he knows he can’t give you a logical reply? 


    It’s pro-choice or NO choice.

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