I've heard it for years. When discussing the abortion issue with someone from the opposing viewpoint they eventually say: "I am not pro-abortion, I am pro-choice. I'd prefer if there were no abortions, but I think a woman should have the right to choose." I've always thought this was a phony argument, that the person saying it wasn't truly sincere. Now I know that is exactly the case.
If you haven't heard, there was a lot of controversy over the last couple of weeks because of a 30 second Superbowl ad by Focus On The Family. It stars University of Florida Quarterback Tim Tebow, a Heisman trophy winner, and his mother. Here is the ad:
Does that ad really warrant all that controversy? They never mention abortion. They never mention pro-life. All they do is direct you to the Focus On The Family website to learn more about the Tebows' story. Even if it is a story that makes an argument for life, why all the flap about this 30 second spot running during the Superbowl? Here is a taste:
Feminists tied in knots over Tebow ad
Planned Parenthood responds to Tim Tebow's Super Bowl ad
The Anti-Choice Network.
An advocacy ad stirs a national debate
A local sports radio host, Mike Valenti, went on the attack last week on this issue as well. I would link podcasts, but the lies he spread went far enough. I'll just say that Valenti's use of the word "homophobic" apparently means that anyone that opposes gay marriage is a homophobe.
But he does highlight an interesting issue.
What we have going on here are really two issues. First, Focus On The Family is an anti-gay marriage group. Second, pro-choice folks only count it as choice if the choice is abortion.
Mike Valenti's "Focus On The Family are a homophobic group" rant raises the first real issue behind the controversy. Since Focus On The Family has been an outspoken anti-gay marriage group, then everything they stand for must be bashed. Focus On The Family could have tried running a pro-puppy ad, and gay groups would have protested. The hatred towards those that disagree with their (gay groups) agenda is palpable.
Also, apparently the pro-choice movement isn't so pro-choice after all. Despite most pro-choice advocates' claim that they aren't pro-abortion, the only choice that counts to them is abortion. If you choose life, or if you advocate the message of choosing life, then you must be stopped.
This doesn't even make sense. No where in the Tebows' story do they ever make the claim that abortion should be illegal. All they are doing is making the argument that choosing life over abortion is the more desirable choice. Isn't this what pro-choicers argue all the time? "I want to see abortions reduced as well, but it should be a 'safe', legal option for women."
Yet take measures to reduce the number of abortions and the pro-choicers come out of the woodwork to protest. Pro-choicers aren't pro-choice at all, they are pro-abortion. This is the claim that those of us on the pro-life side of the ledger have made for years. This Tebow controversy has proven that to be true beyond a shadow of a doubt.
Now, if the group that is pushing the choice for life is also anti-gay marriage, then whoa, look out.
This really was much ado about nothing. In the end the ad was completely innocuous. The flap was more anti-Focus On The Family than anything else. After all, disagree with the liberal viewpoint and the left wants to revoke your 1st amendment rights.