Saturday, February 06, 2010

Dr. Richard Land: Super Bowl anti-abortion ad to confront, "the country with the undeniable humanity of each unborn child"

Dr. Richard Land of "The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the Southern Baptist Convention," has written a compelling article regarding the "Focus on the Family" commercial CBS will air during the Super Bowl on Sunday.

Land explained the commercial being criticized by numerous "pro-choice" groups tells the story of Tim Tebow and his mother:

"In 1987, Tim’s future parents, Bob and Pam Tebow, were in the Philippines on a mission trip. During the trip, Pam fell into a coma from amoebic dysentery and was administered several strong medications to treat her potentially life threatening illness. Later, doctors, worried about consequent severe damage to the baby she was carrying, strongly urged Pam to abort her fifth child. She declined their medical advice and gave birth to a perfectly healthy baby boy, Tim Tebow, on Aug. 14, 1987. Pam cited her strong pro-life Christian beliefs for her decision to have her baby over the doctor’s objections."

Land feels the reason pro-choice groups are protesting the ad, and have asked CBS to pull it, is because the ad puts a human face to unborn children, "It confronts people across the nation with the fact that every “problem pregnancy” involves not just a pregnant mother, but also a real, live unborn human being," he wrote.

Land compared Tebow's story to Harriet Beecher Stowe's book, "Uncle Tom's Cabin," which, he wrote, "...put a human face on the 3 million slaves in America, thus hastening their liberation." He feels Tebow's story has the potential to put such a human face on the hundreds of thousands of babies aborted every year.

Land indicated, of the 14,000 anti-abortion advocates who attended a recent protest in Houston, Texas, 80 percent of them were under 30 years of age. According to Land, they carried signs that read, "We survived Roe--Roe won't survive us!" Land thinks it is indicative of a turning of the tides in America, and there is more consensus against abortion today than for it.

"The “pro-choice” movement knows they are losing and that ultrasound machines and commercials like the Tebows’ are confronting the country with the undeniable humanity of each unborn child," Land wrote as he charged "pro-choicers" to pay for their own ads countering ads such as the Tebow's, rather than seeking censorship of such advertisements.

"...they should pay their money and make their case. I suspect they know they don’t have such arguments and so they descend to the tactic of seeking to silence the arguments of their opponents."

In 2006, a total of 846,181 abortions were reported to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Read the entire ERLC article here.


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