Being Pro-Choice Also Means Accepting A Woman's Right 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 (Georgia) 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.

Tags: Tim Tebow, National Organization of Women, Super bowl, Focus on the Family, pro-life, Pro-Choice (all tags)



Tips & Recs

Just trying to facilitate a little discussion.

by Andre Walker 2010-01-26 07:11AM | 0 recs

This post - and the Tebow ad - tend to underscore the problematic use of "pro-choice"; everybody has choices, whether we're in favor of them, or not. The point is, I support women having the option of an abortion, and that's why I support abortion rights, and tend not to label myself "pro-choice."

No one, I think, would suggest that your mother, at 13, should have been forced, against her will, into an abortion. If she felt having a child and putting you up for adoption was her right choice, that's a wonderful thing. But for a 13 year old who can't handle that option, or who does not want to... she should have the option of an abortion, as well.

All of which goes to a basic point - we can't decide these matters for others. And to the extent that the Tebow ad tries to force only one conclusion, it's a problem. And so would trying to force abortion as the only solution. People have choices. It's fine to point that out. But again, we live with the fact that people will make choices we would not make. And I think, often "pro-choice" is a hedge against admitting that the choice of abortion is one that some nominally pro-choice people actually oppose.

by nycweboy1 2010-01-26 09:43AM | 0 recs
The title says it all.

ProChoice does in fact mean the right to choose, and that choice may be to continue a pregnancy.

As for the choices available to adolescents, that would seem to be a family affair, but the idea that an adolescent would be forced to have an abortion seems to contradict democracy. Adolescents should have the right to refuse an abortion, irrespective of family decisions.

by MainStreet 2010-01-26 10:04AM | 0 recs
The problem is

that CBS has in the past had a policy of not running political advertising during the Super Bowl, and they are now breaking that policy.

The other problem is that Tim Tebow is a douche.

by JJE 2010-01-26 11:26AM | 0 recs
The problem is

that CBS has in the past had a policy of not running political advertising during the Super Bowl, and they are now breaking that policy.

The other problem is that Tim Tebow is a douche.

by JJE 2010-01-26 11:26AM | 0 recs
I'm happy to be too, it doesn't mean I"m against the pill

Most people are happy to exist, you are grateful to be and good for you. I myself am grateful to be as well, I am grateful on that my parents decided one day to suspend contraception to produce… me.


Your adoptive parents are grateful that you came into their life, conception or adoption make no difference to them.


Now about CBS decision, let me ask you two questions:

1)      Would CBS have allowed airing an ad depicting a teenage gird saying something like that: “I had an abortion, it was my right and I’m not ashamed”.

2)      If such an add was aired by CBS would you support it or attack it?

by TaiChiMaster 2010-01-26 02:19PM | 0 recs
Thanks to the diary rescue squad...

I had missed this diary originally, but saw it in the diary rescue (and am able to recommend now).


Wonderful story ~ your mother is an amazing person. 


And yes, I agree with your definition of pro-choice.  I am myself vehemently anti-abortion, and pro-choice; so I understand your sentiments on this.

by Ravi Verma 2010-01-27 06:50PM | 0 recs
Your post is condescending in the extreme

People's objection to the ad has nothing to do with someone expressing their right to choose life. To say such a hateful thing of the pro-choice community is horrible. The obvious problem is that CBS would never allow a narrative advertisement of someone who chose a abortion. This ad is not about choosing life. This is an anti-choice ad and you know it. Most pro-choice folks want to see abortions eliminated as much as possible as well.

by alectimmerman 2010-01-27 07:01PM | 0 recs


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