Thursday, February 04, 2010

a choice in Super Bowl ads

The anti-abortion ad featuring Tim Tebow and his mother is fine, wrote Frances Kissling and Kate Michelman--it just doesn't go far enough. It is absolutely a woman's choice whether or not to have an abortion--even when she chooses differently than we might.

Kissling and Michelman suggest a different ad, one that "focuses on one woman after another, posed in the situations of daily life: rushing out the door in the morning for work, flipping through a magazine, washing dishes, teaching a class of sixth-graders, wheeling a baby stroller. Each woman looks calmly into the camera and describes her different and successful choice: having a baby and giving it up for adoption, having an abortion, having a baby and raising it lovingly. Each one being clear that making choices isn't easy, but that life without tough choices doesn't exist."

Planned Parenthood did make a similar ad, a bit more parallel to the Tebow one, starring former college and pro Sean James and gold medalist Al Joyner, here

via Emily Bazelon


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