Saturday, January 30, 2010

On the Myth of "Choice"

So, in case you haven't heard, Focus on the Family has paid 2.5 million dollars for a spot during the Super Bowl that will tell the story of Pamela Tebow, who was encouraged to have a surgical abortion on account of pregnancy complications 23 years ago. She declined, and as a result we have Tim Tebow, Heisman Trophy winning quarterback for the University of Florida.

Pro-abortion advocates are, predictably, in a kerfuffle. Most are objecting on the grounds that broadcast groups have agreed to avoid advertising related to 'controversial issues'. Others insist that airing controversial material during the Super Bowl will somehow ruin the 'universal spirit' of the event.

There is an irony here that absolutely punctures the myth of 'Choice' with which these groups nearly always wrap themselves. The point is this: the ad is only about Ms. Tebow's choice. From all reports, it is not an idealogical attack on any political or social reality. It's only about one woman's "Choice". And the response of so-called "Pro-Choice" groups like NARAL and NOW is to seek to censor Ms. Tebow's story.

This is why many in the Pro-Life movement, including myself, find it more accurate to refer to these groups as "Pro-Abortion".

NARAL and NOW are free to run ads of their own, describing alternative choices. I have a feeling that they won't be as popular. Perhaps the time has come to bring the stories out into the open - they will be compelling. And I think it is the knowledge of how each 'choice' appears in context that scares the crap out of pro-aborts.

Go Saints.

1 comment:

Jocelyn said...

Very well articulated. As always. Especially the last line. I hope it airs. And if it does I will be armed with logic in the inevitable ensuing discussion.