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Reflections on Ethics 88
A Choice

by: JT

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There have been a lot of news stories on a planned advocacy advertisement during the Super Bowl next Sunday featuring college football star Tim Tebow and his mother. The advertisement, paid for by Focus on the Family[1] at a cost of $2.5 million, is expected to be strongly anti-abortion, and thus is generating controversy.

Now I don't see a real problem with the ad - as long as those with other opinions are permitted to waste their money with their own advocacy advertisements. There's nothing wrong with an open marketplace for ideas, even those ideas I disagree with.

Now the back story on the Tebows' opposition to abortion is that according to Tim Tebow's mother, Pam, while she and her husband were doing missionary work in the Philippines an abortion was recommended by her doctor because the drugs she was taking during pregnancy could cause problems with the foetus. She then chose to continue the pregnancy and the result was college football star, Tim.

Let's accept that Pab Tebow's memory is accurate on this issue[2]. Does the story in itself justify an opposition to abortion? Of course not. The fact that everything worked out for the best in this particular case does not mean it would work out all the time. The important thing to remember is that she chose to continue the pregnancy. By her own story, she was given a choice. She had options. She had the opportunity to select an option. And yet, she wants to take that choice away for other women.

Tim Tebow was a wanted child. His mother had a choice. The lesson to be learned from them should not be an anti-abortion message. Rather, it should be:

All children should be wanted.
All women should have a choice.


  1. The family which this organization is focused on is the monogamous Christian married male/female couple with exactly two monogamous Christian married male/female couples as grandparents and an unlimited number of Christian children. Other families need not apply.
  2. Doubt has been cast on the validity of this story. Abortion was (and still is) illegal in the Philippines at the time of this pregnancy, and it is unlikely a doctor would have recommended an illegal procedure.