When Sports and Anti-Abortion Messages Collide and What To Do About It

13 Dec

A few years back, the-best-person-and-football-player-on-the-planet, Tim Tebow, the savior from The University of Florida, Heisman Trophy winner, 2010 number 25 draft pick, and now savior quarterback for the Denver Broncos, made a commercial. That in and of itself isn’t that surprising, pro-athletes make commercials for all sorts of reasons. Except he wasn’t selling football gear, he was selling anti-choice propaganda. In his commercial (funded by Focus on the Family) he reminded everyone that his mother was a missionary whose life was threatened by her pregnancy – or more specifically, the pregnancy that would turn into the child who would become the man who would become Tim Tebow.

This line of reasoning is not a new one for anti-choice groups. The message is, “if you abort, just think, that could be the next President of the United States in there, the next scientist that cures cancer, or the next greatest football player alive!” In Tebow, the gifted athlete and vocal Christian, anti-choice groups found their perfect hero to prop up; if his mother had done what abortion groups say is acceptable – had an abortion to save her own life- Tebow would not be alive. Never mind the fact that Tebow’s mother made the decision despite the risk to her health for herself – something denied to women seeking or supporting abortion- it is clear to everyone (or should be , anyway) with a brain that 99.9% of the fetuses gestating right now are not , in fact, going to become gifted athletes like Tim Tebow.

Tying this together with Tebow’s recent great play: he’s been ballin’ out of his backside for weeks on end. Even I, the anti-Tebow, anti-Bronco fan, basketball-loving woman that I am, have been rooting for him. Yeah, he’s that damn good. But it always feels a bit, well, wrong. How can I support a guy that’s openly anti-choice? This is the same man that used the Super Bowl to a) build his reputation and brand as the saintliest saint of an athlete that ever lived, and b) raise money for an anti-choice organization that would deny the right to abortion to millions of women that need it. Yuck.

So here is my solution, and if you’re a sports fan that also thinks women should be able to do what they want, when they want, and how they want it with their uteri, you can join in this too. For every touchdown Tebow throws next week (when the Broncos play against another famous QB, Tom Brady) , donate $5 or $10 to your local pro-choice organization. If the Broncos make the playoffs (I haven’t checked if that’s even a possibility at this point), I plan to continue the pledge.

I figure this is indeed the best way to enjoy football, support Tim Tebow (more touchdowns, mannn!!!), and give , give, give to pro-choice organizations earning little to no glory, yet desperately in need of funds.

33 Responses to “When Sports and Anti-Abortion Messages Collide and What To Do About It”

  1. Steph L December 15, 2011 at 10:49 pm #

    What a great idea :) Personally I think Tebow is a mediocre player at best and I’m no fan.

  2. jovan1984 December 16, 2011 at 1:39 am #

    Here is a better one: If the Green Bay Packers are able to complete the NFL’s second perfect season in league history, pro-choicers donate $19.00 to a pro-choice cause of our choice the day after the Super Bowl.

  3. Tony Simoncini December 16, 2011 at 11:25 am #

    Your statement of who you are says this…

    “We are cis gender, we are trans women, we’re straight men, we are gender queer. We have sex with anything that moves, we are abstinent, we are poly amorous.

    And we stand for choice”

    Yet you hate anyone who chooses to be different than you are in regards to abortion. I find this to be both ironic and inauthentic. If you support someone’s right to choose, shouldn’t you support someone’s choice to prefer life over abortion?

    Now, if Tim Tebow blogged about and trashed your organization, I would understand the logic that is presented in this blog… but since you don’t have that as a motivation why don’t you try to respect Tim Tebow and others who present avoiding abortion as a legitimate option! I mean having the baby is a legitimate option in your eyes… right?

    Maybe your not really for choice… your for people who choose like you, and everyone else is the enemy!

    While I prefer life to abortion and would encourage someone to consider having the baby (as long as they are not in danger themselves) I would still love and respect someone if they choose other than what I prefer.

    Peace

    Tony

  4. Julia December 18, 2011 at 4:27 pm #

    I’m a Pats fan, so that first touchdown was painful. But it yielded a $5 donation for Canadians for Choice, so it’s not all bad.

  5. Claire January 3, 2012 at 11:30 am #

    Tim Tebow is not “that damn good” as a QB, come on now. He is good at throwing TDs late in games, and statistcally, consistently plays horrendously the first + half of most games.
    “Instead of being a dual threat, Tebow was no threat at all last season and for the first few games of this one.”

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=143608522

  6. Cojee Harjo January 14, 2012 at 2:25 am #

    I’m a fan of Sam Bradford, University of Oklahoma Cherokee quarterback now with St Louis Rams, who plays superbly well without resorting to begging to his god on the playing field or painting bible verses on his face. Before European invasion, indigenous women were in charge of our own reproduction, and “Infanticide was a well-established practice among the [Muskogee] Creek and Seminole Indians.” (“Osceola’s Legacy”, Univ. Alabama Press, 1991.) I’ve had 2 abortions and don’t shy away from any fight for my right to control my body and reproduction.

  7. nola tinker January 22, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

    I read about this on CNN.com and came for a visit. I am a 52-year-old mother of four. I don’t watch any football, but I am aware of Tebow and his religious stuff (guess that’s part of the reason I don’t follow football…). When I was a girl, a dear family friend nearly died from an illegal abortion. This country has changed so much: it has gone so far to the right, and come so much under the power of religious extremists. Good for you all for being here and doing this! My family supports you with all our hearts. Stay safe…

  8. previous inactivist January 23, 2012 at 2:18 pm #

    Thank you Sophia for your gutsy call to action. I’m a 50 year old woman, who, for 30-some-odd-years has been a very quiet pro-choice supporter. I found Tebows 2010 super bowl ad highly offensive and inappropriate, and still took no action. But it is the vehement reactions to your blog by the anti-choice people that finally forced me out of my complacency. Even though Tebow achieved only one touchdown since your blog, I just contributed $100, split among 2 pro-choice organizations. And I pledge to continue contributing as my way of fighting these hateful bullies.

  9. Andrew January 23, 2012 at 9:59 pm #

    Fuck Randall and his bigoted attacks on a women’s right to choose what she wants to do with her body. The choice of whether or not a woman can have an abortion is a natural right, and nothing should ever change that. Randall, and every other fundamentalist pro-life person in America are nothing but parasites and cancers to the Separation of Church and State, one of the most important ideals of our country. Personally, I think the pro-life (fundamentalist) ideology parallels the likes of the extreme branches of Islam, and I am sure I’m not the only one who supports this opinion.

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