Up in arms over Tim Tebow's controversial Super Bowl ad

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Sally Jenkins needs a feminist hug and consciousness-raising to overcome her anger at the National Organization for Women ["Super Bowl ad isn't intolerant; its critics are," Sports, Feb. 2].

Rather than putting down NOW and feminists generally for our outrage at the Tim Tebow Super Bowl ad, she might think about all those young girls who see Tim and his mom and think, "I'll never have an abortion" -- and then have an unintended pregnancy and a child and/or marriage they don't want. Or worse, have a medical complication and forgo an abortion in case they're carrying a future football star.

Warm, fuzzy feelings about medical complications and life choices can and do hurt people.

Marjorie Signer, Arlington

The writer is president of the Virginia chapter of the National Organization for Women.


As we in the United States spar over CBS airing a commercial about Pam Tebow's decision to forgo an abortion while living in the Philippines, we should know that every year 500,000 women in the Philippines risk their lives trying to induce abortion.

Abortion has been illegal in the Philippines since 1870. There are no exceptions, not even to save a woman's life. Consequently, abortion is conducted underground. Women with life-threatening pregnancies have no choice but to risk their lives either by continuing their pregnancies or resorting to a range of dangerous abortion methods in clandestine facilities.

CONTINUED     1        >

© 2010 The Washington Post Company