A national coalition of women's groups called on CBS on Monday to scrap its plan to broadcast an ad during the Super Bowl featuring college football star Tim Tebow and his mother, which critics say is likely to convey an anti-abortion message.
"An ad that uses sports to divide rather than to unite has no place in the biggest national sports event of the year - an event designed to bring Americans together," said Jehmu Greene, president of the New York-based Women's Media Center.
The center was coordinating the protest with backing from the National Organization for Women, the Feminist Majority and other groups.
An ad that divides . . . Let's see: some people favor hiring professionals to kill babies in the wombs of their mothers and others regard that "procedure" as both morally unthinkable and as an insult to the feminine principles which the "feminist" movement claims to be furthering. Is that a division caused by the latter group? What about the division between what has been an inarguable moral principle of Judaism and Christianity and the cultures they have spawned for thousands of years and moral novelties invented a very few years ago?
The slave owners insisted that the abolitionists were the sowers of division, that they should cease interfering with what seemed to them a workable status quo. So did the racists in the middle of the 20th century. Those looking back in shame on the Roe-v-Wade abortion regime will see how its defenders turned to the same tired arguments, no doubt because they were losing the debate on the moral substance and had nowhere else to turn.