There has been considerable discussion in the news media about the pro-life ad that will be included as a Super Bowl commercial this Sunday.
For those not familiar with the contents of the ad, it is a message about a woman (Pam Tebow) who gave birth to a son after a very difficult pregnancy, even though she had been advised by doctors to have an abortion. As it turned out, her son became the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner.
Of course, pro-lifers pounce on this case and use it to point out the benefits of refusing to have an abortion.
But they miss a very important point.
Please note that the two sides of the debate are “Pro-Life” and Pro-CHOICE.” Pam Tebow made a choice to allow her son to be born. She was advised against this action by her doctor because of the potential dangers it presented both to her and the fetus, as well as the possibility of the child being disabled in some way. Yet she made a choice not to terminate the pregnancy. Pro-lifers seem to miss this very important point.
Women are faced with similar situations every day. They must decide what course to follow. They can choose to carry their baby to term or they can choose to abort. But it is their choice. No one is holding a gun to their head.
People who believe in pro-choice are not advocating that women have abortions. They are advocating that women have a choice.
UPDATE: It has been pointed out that Pam Tebow gave birth in the Phillipines. Abortion under any circumstances has been illegal in that country since 1930 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abortion_in_the_Philippines) so technically, she was not faced with the decision that the pro-lifers are championing. Interesting.