Abortion rights issue lobbed into Super Bowl

January 27, 2010

U.S. women’s groups are urging television broadcaster CBS not to air an ad during next month’s Super Bowl football championship final because they say it has a strident anti-abortion rights message.


The plans to air the ad, sponsored by the conservative Christian advocacy group Focus on the Family and featuring college football star Tim Tebow, could see the polarizing issue of abortion rights dropped squarely in the midst of the National Football League’s premier event.

It would be the first time that Focus on the Family, a politically influential evangelical group founded by James Dobson, has bought air time during the Super Bowl — the ultimate prize of the advertising world with 30-second spots going for up to $3.2 million. The Women’s Media Center and over 30 other liberal and women’s advocacy groups sent a letter to CBS, the TV network to air the Super Bowl on February 7, saying: “… we urge you to immediately cancel this ad and refuse any other advertisement promoting Focus on the Family’s agenda.

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Doesn’t anyone else find it odd that the people that are fighting for abortion have already been born? I just find it unfair that they have no problem killing their children (“embryos”), but if their moms were as irresponsible as they are being then they would be dead. If you argument is that embryos aren’t children, or they are a parasite, or whatever you want to call it, once in you life you were one too. If you would grow up and take responsibility for your actions then there would be no issue about abortion. If you think that you are old enough to have sex then you should be old enough to live with the consequences.

Posted by Bob22 | Report as abusive

I find it more odd that they want to trample on free speech when an idea conflicts their own…..

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