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26 January 2010

Being Pro-Choice Also Means Accepting A Woman's Decision To Choose Life

Twenty-six years ago, a 13-year-old girl in Atlanta got pregnant. She knew that at her age, she was not ready for a child. So she had a choice to make -- abortion or adoption. The choice made by this 13-year-old girl was a very mature one for someone of her years. She chose life. She chose to put me up for adoption, and I was fortunate enough to be adopted by a very impressive lady; a lady that was recognized by the Georgia House of Representatives in 2005 for making history as the first black female to graduate from Mercer University [House Resolution 1008].

That's my story. And if by sharing that story, I could prevent just one abortion, then I'd tell it again and again and again on national television.

There is a new controversy looming on the horizon. It involves 2007 Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow, the conservative organization Focus on the Family, and a coalition of women's rights groups.

At the center of this new controversy is an ad.

An Associated Press report Monday says the ad is "expected to recount the story of Pam Tebow's pregnancy in 1987 with a theme of 'Celebrate Family, Celebrate Life.' After getting sick during a mission trip to the Philippines, she ignored a recommendation by doctors to abort her fifth child and gave birth to Tim, who went on to win the 2007 Heisman Trophy while helping his Florida team to two BCS championships." [Crary, David (2010-1-25). CBS urged to scrap Super Bowl ad with Tebow, mom. Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved on 2010-1-26.]

Women's rights groups, including the National Organization of Women, are demanding that CBS refuse to air the ad. They say the ad is "extraordinarily offensive and demeaning."

I disagree.

My sentiments on this issue were elegantly stated by the Albany Herald Editorial Board Tuesday morning:

The detractors’ argument against the ad is, at best, a bit baffling and, at worst, hypocritical. If you truly accept that a woman has the right to decide for herself to terminate a pregnancy, you must also be willing to accept that she has the right to decide to go through with a pregnancy. Otherwise, you’re not pro-choice, but simply pro-abortion.

An organization that is truly pro-choice would not try to stop a message that recognizes a woman’s right to choose. That is what Pam Tebow made — a personal choice. And whatever your position on abortion, that, at least, should be respected.

Albany Herald Editorial Board (2010-1-26). Super Bowl ad ignites a furor. Albany Herald. Retrieved on 2010-1-26.

What more can I say.