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.
As absorbing as the clamor around the Super Bowl ad may be, there's a real-life crisis going on right now in the Philippines, and it's not getting any airplay.
Nancy Northup, New York
The writer is president of the Center for Reproductive Rights.
I want to thank The Post, from the bottom of my heart, for Sally Jenkins's column. She highlighted perfectly how twisted a society is that glorifies the self-serving and demonizes those who would dare speak out in defiance of what we're doing wrong.
I was moved by the author's courage in being willing to place her "feminist credentials" on the line to stand up for what's right in the face of so much opposition.
As a woman and a sportswriter, Ms. Jenkins has credibility in addressing the claims of women's groups and those who think the Super Bowl should somehow be a values-free zone.
Stephanie Slade, Bethesda