Focus on the Family thinks abortion is funny?


Cross post from Women and Politics.

As if Focus on the Family’s Super Bowl ad hasn’t already sparked harsh criticism and anger, they decided to go ahead and double down.

Yes, the extreme anti-choice group has produced yet another commercial gem, which will be aired…wait for it…four times during the pregame show.

So now we don’t even have a chance to heat up our queso before having anti-choice rhetoric shoved down our throats.

I find the outright bias and audacity of CBS hard to put into words.
Despite my frustration, I find myself laughing at this scenario, as it
is truly ridiculous that such a hateful and divisive group is airing five ads during the most-watched sporting event of the year. Five.

Not to mention that it turns out CBS has been in bed with this group
for months—helping with the writing of the ad to ensure it was approved
for air. Beautiful.

And now, the latest pièce de résistance: "In fitting with the Super Bowl theme, the ad was made with a bit of humor in it," says Focus on the Family CEO Jim Daly.

I’m sorry, what? Let me repeat that. The organization
that founds itself on the sanctity of human life and wholesome family values has produced a humorous commercial about abortion.

And again, I say—can you even imagine the backlash that would
occur if Planned Parenthood were to produce a humorous ad about
abortion…how pro-choice supporters would be called unfeeling, cruel,
and soulless baby haters?

Never before have I seen such a blatant double standard. Never before have I wanted nothing more than to walk into a TV Executive’s office and scream at the top of my lungs.

How has the anti-choice, anti-woman movement managed to hijack
public discourse? How have we gotten to a place where their hurtful
ideals are eagerly displayed to an audience of over 100 million people?

How did we get here? Studies show we have wide support for a
person’s right to make their own personal, private health care
decisions across this country. We have many pro-choice elected
officials and activists.

But why, despite all this support, do I feel like we’re losing the
battle and drowning in hateful ignorance? How do we win the fight back? How do we effectively speak out?

It seems we’re no match for corporate greed and wealthy socially conservative donors. Our voices can’t match their indoctrinating dogma and full wallets. But we must find a way. It just can’t be all about the money.

We must regain our ground in the fight for reproductive health freedoms. We have come too far to be hurled into a place where we have no control over our own bodies…where the public has no respect for women or reproductive rights.

How we get there, I don’t know. But I do know it has to start now,
with people across the country in all levels of power. This means,
especially, that we need to ensure the election of more pro-choice
women to public leadership.

Because I’m here to tell you, Jim Daly, that there is
nothing funny about abortion or your vicious campaign to control women. And there never will be. 

 


 

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  • qualine

    Lauren, the Tebow ad was not a humorous commercial about abortion. The word abortion was never even mentioned. It was a commercial that simply portrayed the outcome of one woman’s choice. I thought you were all about women having a choice? The ad was lighthearted in keeping with the relationship of a mother and her rambunctious son, in keeping with the theme of super bowl ads, and it referred viewers to a pro-life web site. That is hardly "hijacking public discourse" or a "hurtful ideal." "Drowning in hateful ignorance"? Lauren…really…how is a commercial that merely eludes to one woman exercising her freedom of choice, which you so roundly promote, hateful or ignorant, exactly? You say you want to regain ground in the fight for reproductive freedoms. Do you fear Mrs. Tebow’s exercising her reproductive freedom will hurt the pro-choice cause? If it’s all about freedom of choice, then what’s the problem? Some women will choose life and some won’t. Lauren, your rant is disingenuous…Mrs. Tebow exercised her freedom of reproductive choice, took control of her own body and she’s not ashamed of it. Why are you trying to make Mrs. Tebow feel ashamed for taking control of her own body and exercising her freedom of reproductive choice? Do you want women to have freedom of reproductive choice or not? It would appear that you only want the choice of abortion to be given any credence or limelight.  Your panic, frustration and feelings of "drowning" are likely due to the fact that the "choose life" position is so compelling and the American public gets it, big time!

  • crowepps

    The ad was lighthearted in keeping with the relationship of a mother and her rambunctious son

    My grandson is rambunctious as well, but I certainly wouldn’t think it was lighthearted fun if he tackled me.

     

    I give full credit to Ms. Tebow for making the choice to risk herself for her wanted pregnancy.  I am offended that she believes the fact that she lucked out means other ‘good’ women should all make the same choice.  No, she shouldn’t be ‘ashamed’ for making her choice, and neither should women who make other choices in similiar situations.  Blame and shame should be entirely absent in the decision making in cases of serious pregnancy complications — that’s the whole point.

  • qualine

    Why are you offended by others’ beliefs?

  • crowepps

    Because those beliefs stigmatize women for whom I feel a great deal of compassion – presented through no fault of their own with a disaster in their pregnancy, I feel they should be able to make their decisions about the next steps in concert with their partner and the best medical advice of their doctor, and it is offensive for people who feel for religious reasons there is ‘only one right answer’ to shame them or make them feel inadequate if they don’t choose to risk death.

     

    Everybody has a right to their own beliefs, they even have a right to their own beliefs about others, but it is offensive to everyone when they go out of their way to make a public display of how inferior they feel those others are.

  • qualine

    The pro-choice crowd goes out of their way 24/7 to make the pro-life crowd feel inferior, stupid, mysoginistic, and paternalistic, and accuses them of being "fruitcakes", "nut buckets" or "religious zealots", even going so far as to demonize them, call them evil and mock Jesus. davisfleetwood’s hateful rant on YouTube is a clear example. The Tebow ad can in no way be construed as a message that is trying to make anyone else feel inferior. If a mom saying she has always "worried about her boy who almost didn’t make it into this world" makes someone feel inferior perhaps they have bigger issues than just inferiority. The pro-choice crowd gets frantic every time the pro-life crowd presents women with both sides of the "reproductive freedom" issue and throws out accusations of being anti-woman. What could be more anti-woman than treating women like children who can’t handle being presented with both sides of the issue; who can’t be trusted to make the best choice for them once they have both sides? The pro-choice position on this Tebow ad makes it abundantly clear that they only support one choice for women…the choice to abort a pregnancy for any reason, at any time in a pregnancy. The pro-choice crowd gives women no credit or support for being willing to risk their lives so that someone else doesn’t have to forfeit theirs with no "choice" in the matter whatsoever.

  • ahunt

    The pro-choice crowd goes out of their way 24/7 to make the pro-life crowd feel inferior, stupid, mysoginistic, and paternalistic, and accuses them of being "fruitcakes", "nut buckets" or "religious zealots", even going so far as to demonize them, call them evil and mock Jesus.

     

    Not to worry, Qualine…we’ve taken the anti-choice shots…"baby killer" topping the long list.

     

     My question is….where in the vapid Tebow ads was any side presented?

  • crowepps

    What could be more anti-woman than treating women like children who can’t handle being presented with both sides of the issue; who can’t be trusted to make the best choice for them once they have both sides?

    Are you under the impression that women who want to and do get pregnant and who then suffer pregnancy complications aren’t already aware of their choices?  Are you saying that their doctors fail to fully inform of their choices?  That they are so isolated and insulated that they don’t already know about ‘both sides’?

     

    Is the ProLife ‘side’ so easily forgettable or so unreasonable that a woman facing this tragic situation might not even be aware that she can choose to continue her pregnancy?  Is ‘good mothers are willing to die for their children’ something so unlikely to occur to the woman herself that it has to be repeated over and over and over and over?

     

    There are many, many heroic women who have chosen to go to extreme lengths in order to safely deliver their children.  Your assumption that all of those women must be ‘ProLife’ is incorrect because instead many of them are actually ProChoice.  The difference is that the ProChoice women have no interest in cajoling or shaming others to make the same choice as themselves.

    The pro-choice crowd goes out of their way 24/7 to make the pro-life crowd feel inferior, stupid, mysoginistic, and paternalistic, and accuses them of being "fruitcakes", "nut buckets" or "religious zealots", even going so far as to demonize them, call them evil and mock Jesus.

    There are fruitcakes, nut buckets and religious zealots on both sides of this issue.  It’s just that on the ProChoice side, generally they aren’t selected to be either the public face of or the leaders of the movement.  Frankly, those portions of the ProLife movement led by ‘fruitcakes’ like Randall Terry, Alan Keyes and Bob Enyart are so extreme and ridiculous that they embarass those who are more moderate.  Total whackaloons like Eric Rudolph and Scot Roeder are outright terrorists and are indeed ‘evil’.

  • crowepps

    The ad referred people to the Focus on the Family website where the more directive, proselytizing ad was posted.

     

    Apparently their ‘side’ is ‘ProLife mothers love their children’.

    You know, unlike those ProChoice mothers, who don’t.