Heisman trophy winning Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow has filmed a Super Bowl ad that has caused a firestorm of controversy. The two 30-second commercials will air on February 7, 2010, and are being funded on behalf of the pro-life group Focus on the Family.
The ads will feature the college football star and his mother Pam Tebow. She details the fact that she was counseled to terminate her pregnancy after contracting amoebic dysentery while doing missionary work in the Philippines with her evangelist husband Bob Tebow. Mrs. Tebow rejected the idea and carried her fifth child to term. That baby was Tim Tebow.
Pam’s athletically gifted son said he knows some people won’t agree with his decision to do the commercial, but he’s always had strong convictions about abortion because his mother’s decision to have him “is the reason I’m here.”
Many organization have asked CBS to reject the $2.5 million anti-abortion message. The network has opted to move forward with the spot, citing the fact that they have received both critical and supportive e-mails on the subject and “will continue to consider responsibly produced ads from all groups.”
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