The Super Bowl is about a hour away from kick-off, and like millions of people I've been watching most of the excessive pre-game coverage. (Really, 5 hours?) There's been some good interviews and feature pieces (I'm particularly glad that the current status of New Orleans was featured, for in these post-Haiti earthquake days we seem to have forgotten the blight many of our own Americans are living in) and some that I could've done without (is the Super Bowl pre-game coverage really an appropriate time for a political interview with President Obama? I think not.).
But I have now seen the "controversial" Tim Tebow/Focus on the Family commercial at least 3 times. And, as a pro-choice person, I say, "So what?" The word abortion isn't mentioned. Based on what his mother says, she could be talking about a difficult pregnancy, maybe a lack of quality health care. It is an invitation to view a website and to appreciate those in your life.
Being pro-choice does not mean forcing everyone to have an abortion. Pro-choice means having a choice, pure and simple. During the third Presidential debate, this question came up and our now President, then Senator Obama, had a very eloquent response. He said, in paraphrase, that he believed the best person to decide whether or not to have an abortion was the mother, in consultation with her family, doctors, and religious leaders. Pro-choice means women have the access to education and the option to terminate a pregnancy should that be the right choice for them.
Ultimately a woman may decide to keep her unborn child. I may be a pro-choice Christian, but until I'm in that position I cannot honestly say what I would choose. Should I make a poor decision and get pregnant right now, I'd probably choose to terminate because I'm not in a relationship, I'm not employed full-time, and I don't have health insurance. I'm in no position to care for another human being, to be a single mom. If one or two of those situations was different, I might make a different decision. But I simply can't say right now.
What I do know is that if I cannot make this decision for myself at this moment, how could I possibly make it for someone else? Who am I to tell someone they cannot end an unwanted pregnancy because it goes against my moral beliefs? I applaud those who work to educate women about their options when they get pregnant, and just as abortion should be an option, one of those options is also to keep the child.
I suppose the real controversy is that we get all het up (yes, I said het up) whenever someone makes a statement that is different than what we believe. Pro-choicers are upset simply because an organization that is pro-life has purchased a Super Bowl ad. This is the same childish behavior that has stalemated Congress, the "I'm against it simply because you/your party supports it." Guess what, America. It's time to grow up and be responsible adults. Quit getting your feelings hurt, justify your beliefs, and have mature dialogues. And as Jesus said, "Let him who is without sin throw the first stone."