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So the Saints went marching in to Miami, and now they are Super Bowl champions.  But despite their miraculous win over the Colts, let’s be honest…this Bowl was all about the commercials.  So did the Tebow/Focus on the Family ad live up to the hype?

Meh.

To be fair, there was a LOT of hype to live up to, as opinions on the ad were divided and heated. According to Rassmussen, less that half of the people surveyed agreed with CBS’s decision to run the FoF ad during the Super Bowl (Of course, the anti-choice community found their own polling to claim everyone was supportive of the ad).  The Washington Post dedicated their letters section to debating the merits of even debating the commercial. 

Personally, I didn’t really notice the commercial.  I spent the first 10 seconds trying to figure out what Mary Steenburgen was promoting. Once I figured out that it was in fact that infamous Tim Tebow ad, I was trying to decide why he was tacking him mom, since he’s a quarterback and that’s not really his thing.  Maybe she was too heavy to throw?  Next thing I knew, it was done, and there was another Doritos ad running.

The LA Times agrees: a whole lot of noise for nothing.

Boy tackles mom. That was about it.

The ad that
made former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow and his mother, Pam,
the unintended stars of Super Bowl XLIV was not a screed against
abortion.

Nor was it a heartwarming story about a mother ignoring
doctors’ advice and having her baby.

It was, instead, a lighthearted take on a mother-son relationship.

Of course, the ad was benign because of the controversy. FoF also ran their "pre-game" ads, the one that CBS refused to run during the game because of their controversial nature.  

The
second commercial plans to go further than the first and will reveal
more details about Pam
Tebow’s decision
not to have an abortion than CBS would allow
in the first ad already planned for during the Super Bowl.

This
Super Bowl surprise has Focus unveiling a second ad that will also
feature him Tebow and his mother and it was filmed in Orlando at the
same time last month as the ad that has garnered so much attention.

Focus
on the Family won’t reveal the details of this surprise second ad,
but CEO Jim Daly confirmed to USA Today that this ad goes further
and it appears to be the original ad CBS rejected before it worked
with the station on a revised commercial fitting its standards.

In the end, I suppose Focus on the Family feels good, because their "brilliant marketing strategy" got them approximately $10 million in media mentions for about $3 million dollars.  And thanks to efforts like "Tailgate for Choice," many pro-choice groups got to reap some financial benefit as well. I doubt anyone changed their stance on choice based on what actually occurred on the screen.

But the biggest victory is likely Tim Tebow’s.  Odds are that is the only Super Bowl performance he’s ever going to make.

 

Mini Roundup: Some folks are calling Planned Parenthood’s video response to the Tebow ad racist.  This coming from people who make billboards calling African American children a "species."

 

February 8, 2010

Pro-Life
Advocates Applaud Focus on the Family’s Tim Tebow Super Bowl Ad
LifeNews.com

Pro-Life
News: Ultrasound, Arlen Specter, Abstinence, Virginia, Georgia
LifeNews.com

Against
pro-life
groups
McGill
Daily

Tebow
ad falls short of the hype
Los Angeles Times

Super
Bowl XXLVIIXXLVVI
Huffington
Post

Letters:
Say ‘no’ to government-funded
abortion
Dubuque Telegraph Herald

Letters
from readers:
Abortion
battle
Florida
Times-Union

Ottawa
County teen pregnancy up 14%
WOOD-TV

Rise
in unwanted pregnancies shows women remain fertile
Scottish Daily Record

 

February 7, 2010

Local
level planning must to ensure health care
The New Nation

Letter:
Going
pro-life
Topeka Capital Journal

Poll:
Backers of Tim Tebow
Pro-Life Super Bowl Ad Best Opponents by 15%
LifeNews.com

Watch
the Focus on the Family
Pro-Life Tim Tebow Super Bowl Commercial
LifeNews.com

Four
in 10 agree with CBS decision to run ‘
pro-life‘ ad
The Desert Sun

Klobuchar
urges
adoption
reform
Minneapolis
Star Tribune

The
child snatchers: U.S. missionaries are accused of ‘stealing orphans’
Daily Mail

Federal
investigators explore charges against Roeder
Kansas City Star

‘Miracle’
Tim Tebow Super Bowl ad puts hit on critics
USA Today

 

February 6, 2010

’89
Giants
pro-life
video a courageous legacy for Tebow’s Super Bowl ad
BP News

More
pro-life
(dis)unity: Is Randall Terry helping the
pro-life movement?
RenewAmerica

Amid
crisis in Haiti,
adoptions still require careful scrutiny
Boston Globe

Adoption a
one-way ticket out of Haiti
Times LIVE

Evangelicals’
Adoption
Battlecry
Daily
Beast

Up
in arms over Tim Tebow’s controversial Super Bowl ad
Washington Post

Ignatieff’s
abortion
plan ‘pathetic’: bishop
National Post

Susan
Hill,
abortion-rights
pioneer, dies at 61
The
State

Ad
Follies of the Super Bowl
New York Times

Planned
Parenthood Uses Tebow Response to Target More Black
Abortions
NewsBlaze

In
The
Abortion
Trenches: 12th & Delaware
Huffington Post

Sex
Ed, With No Federal Strings?
New York Times

Sex
ed that works: Fine tuning abstinence message
The Star-Ledger – NJ.com

 

February 5, 2010

Pentagon
Allows Morning After Pill on Military Bases
ABC News

Child
Has A Child: 11 Year Old Gives Birth

Gather.com

Super
Bowl Sunday: What You Won’t See
Huffington Post

Pro-Choice
Advocates Criticize CBS for Accepting Anti-Abortion Super Bowl Ad
Democracy Now

Where
Does NARAL
Pro-Choice
America Stand on the Tebow Commercial?

Huffington Post

Scott
Brown: Not Pro-Life, Not Catholic
America Magazine

The
Problem With
Pro-Choice Men
Daily Beast

Pro-Life
Group ‘Blocks Hard for Tebow’
Christian Broadcasting Network

Is
This
Pro-Life Ad
Too Graphic?
National Catholic Register

Pro-Life
Takes on Pop Culture
Atlantic
Online

Confirmation
Hopes May Be Setting for Dawn Johnsen, Radical Pro-Abort Obama Pick
Lifesite

Is
Joy Behar the new poster child for
pro-life?
Gather.com

Pro-life
group slams Spanish president for hiding behind ‘democratic mask’
Catholic News Agency

Randall
Terry is Wrong,
Pro-Life Author and Speaker Declares
Christian News Wire

Reproductive
Rights Groups Beg Obama Not to Cut
Family Planning
U.S. News and World Report

Too
Poor to Afford Unfair Birth-Control Violation
The Epoch Times

Couples
Keep
Adoption All
in the Family
NBC
Los Angeles

Thomas:
Super commercial a voice for life over
abortion
Salt Lake Tribune

Abortion Is
Fine, But ‘Prayer Breakfast Draws Controversy’
Media Research Center

Is
George W. Bush pro-life?
Baltimore Sun

Women’s
lives at risk because of Nicaragua’s
abortion ban
Amnesty International

Abortion
Practitioner Alberto Hodari Faces Lawsuit Over Improper
Abortion
LifeNews.com

Utah
House approves
abortion law
changes
LocalNews8.com

What
is choice really about?
Dallas Morning News

Utah
House OKs ultrasounds before
abortions

Salt Lake Tribune

Parental
Notification Laws for
Abortion Cause Physical and Emotional Harm
Huffington Post

Anti-Abortion
Billboards on Race Split Atlanta
New York Times

Brookline
braces for relocation of
abortion clinic Tuesday
Boston Globe

Abortion
rights should focus on children
UM Maneater

Does
abstinence-only sex ed work?
The Guardian

 

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  • progo35

    Well, as far as I am concerned, all the people who freaked over the add ought to be ashamed. Re “species” Don’t treat your readers like dunces-clearly that is a play on many environmentalist’s message of “save the whales,” while totally ignoring the fact that certain groups of people are being totally wiped out by abortion. While black individuals comprise thirteen percent of our population, black women receive over thirty percent of abortions, thanks, in part, to the likes of Planned Parenthood intentionally setting up shop in minority neighborhoods. I grew up in a predominantly white area. Think there was an abortion clinic nearby? Nada. You had to go to the next town which is has a much higher ratio of African Americans and Hispanics. And, moreover, sometimes I’ve wanted to use the same “endangered species” tactic for disabled children, as in “save the down syndrome people,” since more people seem concerned with saving the whales than with the prejudice that leads ninety percent of women whose fetuses are diagnosed with DS to seek an abortion.
    "Well behaved women seldom make history."-Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

  • crowepps

    certain groups of people are being totally wiped out by abortion.

    This is alarming — who?  Who is being "totally wiped out by abortion"?

     

    It can’t be Black people, their fertility rate is still 30% higher than that of Caucasians even after abortion.

     

    It can’t be people with Down’s Syndrome — aborting even 90% of the present group won’t change the number caused by the recurring DNA recombinant problem that  occurs statistically in a certain percentage of pregnancies.  It does seem a little cold to be scornful towards the women who abort those pregnancies when the societyal prejudice against DS is effected by marginalizing the lives of DS individuals.  Abortion may be the only way the women can protect that child from society’s prejudice.

  • crowepps

    The Tebow commercial wasn’t much of anything, but I’ve got to say, did anybody else notice the misogyny in some of the other ads? Even my son-in-law was taken aback by the one about ‘shopping with your girlfriend during the superbowl? Take off that skirt’.

  • jodi-jacobson

    That African American women are unable to make decisions for themselves on their use of contraception, access to family planning services, pap smears, breast exams and access to abortion services?

     

    Are you suggesting that African American women who choose abortion are incapable of making those decisions?

     

    Are you even remotely aware of the fact that a large movement for reproductive justice in this country led by African American, Latina, and Asian women has advocated specifically for increasing access to such services in low-income neighborhoods so that women and men in those neighborhoods have access to a wide range of services?

    Your inability to think outside your own box is revealing.

     

    I trust women to make decisions for themselves.  The reality?  Higher income people are more likely to have private insurance.  Lower-income people are more likely to depend on subsidized services for a wide range of care, including Planned Parenthoods among other such services.

     

    A little fact and a little knowledge go a long way toward dispelling these sorts of ignorant claims.

     

    Jodi Jacobson

  • progo35

    “Abortion may be the only way the women can protect that child from society’s prejudice.”

    Digusting. It’s the old “take the kid off the playground” trick-ie, Mothers: don’t fight against society’s prejudice-accede to it by aborting your down syndrome children so that they world’s prejudices are mollified!”

    PS. Since you, crowepps are prejudiced against the handicapped, as evidenced by your comments regarding disabled people and adoption, I’m not surprised.

    "Well behaved women seldom make history."-Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

  • ahunt

    Snerk…geez progo…you set the shame bar mighty low.

    You must go through life riddled with guilt.

  • crowepps

    It doesn’t seem to me that it would be too pleasure for the child, being the club with which his mother "fights against society’s prejudice".  Seems downright painful, in fact.

     

    Had to laugh at your description of me as "prejudiced against the handicapped".  As I recall our prior discussion, to be very un-politically correct blunt, what I said was "crazy people shouldn’t be allowed to adopt children" and "dying people shouldn’t be allowed to adopt children".   I still don’t understand why you think either one is a good idea.

  • invalid-0

    “According to Rassmussen, less that half of the people surveyed agreed with CBS’s decision to run the FoF ad during the Super Bowl”

    To be clear, according to that Rassmussen poll, 45% agreed with the decision, 30% disagreed and 25% had no opinion. But excellent job word-smithing to make it look like the poll agreed with your position! Journalism at its finest.

  • prochoiceferret

    Re "species" Don’t treat your readers like dunces-clearly that is a play on many environmentalist’s message of "save the whales," while totally ignoring the fact that certain groups of people are being totally wiped out by abortion.

    Oh, so you think that "certain groups of people" (i.e. Black people) are like whales, eh? Large, slow and dumb? No wonder you like to deny blatant racism when others call attention to it—you engage in it yourself! How does it feel to be swimming miles below the surface of white privilege?

    And, moreover, sometimes I’ve wanted to use the same "endangered species" tactic for disabled children

    Oh, so the disabled are like whales too! Not only are you an inveterate racist, you clearly have a deep-set hatred of people with disabilities. Perhaps you should seek professional help to sort through your destructive prejudices instead of commenting on a progressive site like RHRealityCheck.

  • progo35

    Crowepps-that’s NOT what you said. You said that anyone with any history of mental illness whatsoever shouldn’t be allowed to adopt. Moreover, perhaps you are too prejudiced to understand that disabled people inherently fight against society’s prejudice whether their parents are interested in doing so or not. Moreover, disabled people have the same right to confront any barrier that society places in their way that women and other minorities do. Aborting disabled people to "protect" them is a disgusting way to accede to society’s desire that disabled people not exist. I fight against ableist prejudice every day-FOR ME, not my parents, and no one else. Your assertions show that you have bought society’s prejudice against the handicapped, hook, line and sinker. I feel sorry for you. 

     

     

    "Well behaved women seldom make history."-Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

  • crowepps

    Speaking from personal experience, people with mental illnesses don’t make optimum parents and sometimes make disastrous ones.  Given a limited number of children available and a choice between someone who has all the qualities to be an optimum parent and someone who more than likely doesn’t, you bet I’d pick the healthier person.  Who wouldn’t?  The purpose is to give the adopted child the best possible home, not to sacrifice the child to provide an illusion of normality for an adult who wants the illusion of being ‘normal’ or provide a companion for someone who is lonely.

    Aborting disabled people to "protect" them is a disgusting way to accede to society’s desire that disabled people not exist.

    It may be disgusting in your eyes, but in order to stop it, society is going to have to first stop marginalizing the disabled and the mentally ill.

    I fight against ableist prejudice every day-FOR ME, not my parents, and no one else.

    And your anger and bitterness and feelings of being persecuted certainly aren’t doing much to convince anybody that being disabled isn’t a horrible, life-destroying disaster.  The louder you scream about the horrors of ‘ableism’ and how society wishes disabled people didn’t exist, the more women are convinced their children would suffer terribly if they allowed them to be born and it would be more merciful to abort them.  After all, what would it be like for a child with a really severe handicap if Progo has is a learning disability and she is filled with rage and disgust at the terrible way society treats her?

    Your assertions show that you have bought society’s prejudice against the handicapped, hook, line and sinker. I feel sorry for you. 

    And I feel bad for you, since your insistence in seeing yourself as a persecuted victim seems to be consuming your life to little purpose.  My daughter has pretty severe dyslexia, but instead of whining about how everybody is prejudiced against her, she’s working full-time, raising two kids and writing a book.  She doesn’t expect anybody to give her special consideration because of her disability, and she doesn’t let it get in her way either.  If people are jerks about it, she figures they’re jerks.

  • progo35

    "It may be disgusting in your eyes, but in order to stop it, society is going to have to first stop marginalizing the disabled and the mentally ill."

     

     

    Marginalization is exactly what you did in the previous paragraph by insisting that anyone with any kind of mental illness is automatically a poor parent.

     

    "After all, what would it be like for a child with a really severe handicap if Progo has is a learning disability and she is filled with rage and disgust at the terrible way society treats her?"

     

    Fine, Crowepps, discrimination against the handicapped does fill me with rage and disgust. So does child molestation and world hunger. Should I stop "whining" about those issues, too, because some women might have abortions in response to their fear of such injustices?
    As for being productive, I think I’ve mentioned that I graduated cum laude from school and am now pursuing a degree in musicology, a field that will eventually entail work in higher education/academia. Yes, Crowepps, I’m just frittering my life away, feeling bitter. :)

     

    "Well behaved women seldom make history."-Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

  • crowepps

    Marginalization is exactly what you did in the previous paragraph by insisting that anyone with any kind of mental illness is automatically a poor parent.

    I know lots of people who had or have mental illnesses who are great parents to their own children.  What we’re talking about, however, is how to choose a home for a child available for adoption, in a venue where there are lots of different homes available to that child.

     

    I’m not sure how up you are on the requirements to qualify as an adoptive parent, but besides being in ‘good health’ you also must be between 21 and 39, have a steady job, have a ‘nice’ home, a stable marriage, etc., and a bundle of cash to pay all the fees.  At some agencies, whether you go to church is even a factor.  Does that mean that they are discriminating against younger and older people, the self-employed, those who live in apartments, the unmarried and atheists?  People in all of those groups may be great parents.  What the adoption agency is trying to do is select the best possible home to meet the CHILD’S needs based on factors that have been shown to provide an optimum home.  6.5% of adoptions fail, to the great detriment of the children involved.  Why risk the child?  Why set the parent up to fail?

    Two decades of research have unequivocally indicated that children who have a parent with mental illness are at significantly greater risk for multiple psychosocial problems (Beardslee et al., 1996a; Canino, Bird, Rubio-Stipec, Bravo & Algeria, 1990; Oyserman, Mowbray, Meares & Firminger, 2000). Studies have noted rates of child psychiatric diagnosis among offspring ranging from approximately 30% to 50% (Canino et al.; Oyserman et al.), as compared to an estimated rate of 20% among the general child population (Friedman, Katz-Leavy, Manderscheid, & Sondheimer, 1996). These same children are more likely to show developmental delays, lower academic competence, and difficulty with social relationships (Barocas, Seifer, & Sameroff, 1985; Oyserman et al.; Sameroff & Seifer, 1983; Weintraub & Neal, 1984). Despite these risks, many children of parents with mental illness are resilient and appear to "avoid" significant problems (Beardslee & Poderofsky, 1988).

    http://mentalhealth.samhsa.gov/publications/allpubs/KEN-01-0109/ch4.asp

     A Deakin University psychologist is shocked the State Government’s Suicide Prevention Taskforce has ignored the high risk of suicide by children of mentally ill parents.

    … 

    She said the taskforce failed to recognise children of mentally ill parents as a high risk group for suicide despite research showing this group was eight times more likely to attempt suicide than the general population.

    Ms Holgate said the children of mentally ill parents often had to take on adult responsibilities.

    She said this isolated children from their peers and affected their ability to develop relationships in adult life.

    "The children have to take on responsibilities beyond their years, such as cooking and looking after younger siblings. Professionals encourage children to take on these responsibilities and it places an enormous burden on them," she said.

    "They tend to have lower self-esteem as adults, don’t know how to have fun and are more prone to anxiety and depression."

    http://home.vicnet.net.au/~nnaami/ignore.htm