Super Bowl Pro-Life Commercial Already Creating a Buzz Online
The controversial anti-choice ad starring Tim Tebow still has two-weeks until airing, but it’s already creating an online firestorm.
-April Daniels Hussar
The Internet’s atwitter (pardon the pun) with reactions to the news that CBS plans to air a controversial pro-life ad during the Super Bowl. The 30-second ad, paid for by the anti-choice group Focus on Family, features college football star Tim Tebow and his mother, who went against a doctor’s advice while she was pregnant and decided to keep Tim despite medical risks.
Women’s groups are pressuring CBS to drop the ad, saying it’s too divisive of an issue and could cause violence.
“Abortion is very controversial, and the anti-abortion vitriol has resulted in escalated violence against reproductive health providers and their patients,” said Jehmu Greene, director of the Women’s Media Center. “We’ve seen that clearly with the murder of Dr. George Tiller,” the late-term abortion provider who was gunned down in his Kansas church in May 2009.
According to the Washington Post, Greene “also questioned how and why the network, which used to forbid ‘advocacy’ advertising, agreed to air Focus on the Family’s spot.”
Meanwhile, a Facebook Group calling for CBS not to air the ad because five years ago it rejected an ad from United Churches of Christ, deeming that their message – that the church would accept all people – was too controversial, has already grown to over 6,000 users. Several groups (like this one) urging CBS to air the ad have thousands of users spread across them. There’s also been a huge spike in Tweets about Tibow in the last several days, and the online buzz will only increase as the Super Bowl draws closer.