January 29th, 2010
07:17 PM ET
4 years ago

Palin continues shots at the National Organization for Women

Sarah Palin has taken another shot at the National Organization for Women.
Sarah Palin has taken another shot at the National Organization for Women.

(CNN) - Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is not backing down from her criticisms over the National Organization for Women's demand that CBS cease from airing a pro-life commercial during the Superbowl.

"For a pro-life, pro-woman, pro-family ad to be seen as offensive and not empowering women is puzzling," Palin told Fox News' Greta Van Susteren Thursday. "It makes you wonder what is NOW afraid of?"

The ad in question is paid for by the conservative political action group Focus on the Family and features Heisman-winning college quarterback Tim Tebow and his mother, Pam, discussing her decision not to have an abortion even though doctors recommended it at the time. Deciding against an abortion, she gave birth to Tim, who grew up to be an all-star quarterback at the University of Florida and perhaps one of the best college quarterbacks of all time.

Several abortion rights groups have taken issue with the ad, saying the Superbowl is not the correct forum for politically-charged messages. But Palin, who originally took issue with NOW's request on her Facebook page earlier this week, said the group is picking the wrong battle.

"It certainly isn't an offensive message," the former Alaska governor said on Fox. "For NOW to have chosen this, [they are] picking a wrong battle I think, to come across sounding quite offended by hearing that a pro-life commercial will air on the Superbowl, it's baffling."

Meanwhile NOW President Terry O'Neill said Palin is "missing our point."

"The goal of the Focus on the Family ad is not to empower women. It's to create a climate in which Roe v. Wade can be overturned," O'Neill said in a statement obtained by CNN. "There are always going to be women who need abortions. In this country, one in three women will have an abortion."

While CBS used to adhere to a policy of not airing advocacy commercials during sporting events, a spokesman for the network told the Associated Press they have changed their stance to reflect "industry norms."


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soundoff (302 Responses)
  1. jrzshor

    new namse for NOW

    NOSW – National Organization for Some Women
    NONCW- National Organization for Non Conservative Women

    January 29, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  2. Oski

    Shockingly, I'm on Sarah Palin's side for once. "The Superbowl is not the correct forum for politically-charged messages???" So Americans HAVE to put their brains on siestas when they watch the Superbowl? I'm pro-choice, and I doubt that a TV commercial is ever going to be the vehicle to change my opinion on that issue, but if it prompts folks to think about the issue–even if it's trying to move them in the opposite direction of where I'd like it to go–what's wrong with that? But I do hope she'll be consistent and also support the pro-gay ad that was submitted for the Superbowl.

    January 29, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  3. RCLGuard

    They'll air a pro-life ad but they won't air a gay dating website commercial. What liberal media???

    January 29, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  4. mk

    NOW is not afraid of Palin, it is afraid of her hateful retoric. Abortion is legal and for now, safe. Adds agains't a legal right in this Country are not welcome. Try adds agains't child abuse of a living BREATHING human child, that I would welcome. Leave my uterus out of it.

    January 29, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  5. jeff jackson, alabama

    Palin isn't missing a point at all.
    NOW,like most liberal groups,
    wants to cram their beliefs down
    other's throats and at the same time
    wants to silence any opinion contrary
    to their own.

    January 29, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  6. walleye

    The super bowl is no place for political ads PERIOD. Bring on the Budweiser frogs or anything else, but keep politics out of this.

    January 29, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  7. Laura, Boston

    I don't usually agree with Palin but free speech is free speech. NOW never complains when they air their views so what gives them the right to try to stop someone else from expressing theirs?

    If the group paid CBS the money, they like Bud and McD's have the right to be seen and heard!!!

    January 29, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  8. JWK

    Can we please give up this "Palin is an idiot" refrain. Maybe she is, maybe she isn't. It doesn't add anything to the debate.

    She may have said some stupid things but if we were being honest we would have to acknowledge that Joe Biden has said stupid things as well. So has Pres. Obama (He claimed he visited 57 states during the campaign), Nancy Pelosi (we're going to lose 500 million jobs a month if the stimulus bill isn't passed) and Harry Reid (where do we begin).

    January 29, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  9. ThinkAgain

    I agree that the ad is inappropriate for the Super Bowl. That game is a family-oriented event, and is not the place for parents having to explain to their children what abortion is and the politics surrounding it.

    January 29, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  10. Tony L.

    The good news about Tim Tebow's mom is that she had a choice which is the very things these conservatives are trying to take away from others.

    January 29, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  11. Jatovi

    Does she not realize that "pro-life" is not empowering to women. To empower someone you allow them to choose. What happened to the "we don't want government to control" talk? "Pro-life" is government control.

    January 29, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  12. Jesus Francisco

    Funny that CBS accepted Focus on the Family's ad but refused the "gay dating site" ad .. so I guess CBS is playing politics. Why does CNN keep giving Palin press coverage? Haven't they heard that even the red state people don't think she's qualified for anything but FOX!

    January 29, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  13. Indy Woman

    "Until you yourself have walked in the shoes of a woman who is struggling with the decision you have no right to say anything. "

    Newsflash....not every woman who has an abortion is "is struggling with the decision".

    Birth Control and Education. In this day and age we should not be having tens of thousands of abortions. Don't get me wrong, I believe it should be legal, even if I abhor the act. Women do need safe procedures, but not enough focus and energy is spent on PREVENTION.

    January 29, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  14. Kari

    My issue is this: I cannot stand to see commercials that lead to questions from my young children, such as "what is sexual dysfuncton" and "what is Cialis/Viagra for?" A pro-life commercial will raise questions (as would a pro-choice commercial) and I do not wish to explain these issues to my young children yet. They're not ready.

    January 29, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  15. ThinkAgain

    NOW isn't asking CBS to "silence" anyone – they're asking CBS to uphold their tradition of not airing advocacy ads during the Superbowl.

    January 29, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  16. once upon a horse

    just saw that CBS also turned down a gay dating ad for the Super Bowl. I wonder if Sarah will be upset about that as well?

    January 29, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  17. Mitchell from MS

    Go Sarah! I guess free speech only applies if you agree with the liberals!!!!

    January 29, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  18. BCW - NYC

    How many people would like to watch a political ad during Super Bowl? I don't.

    Life should not be about politial POV 24/7. What if a political ads air during Sesame Street, Cartoons and sitcoms?

    Money can buy air time on TV; it cannot buy people. Enough is enough. Let the people enjoy Super Bowl without political ad battles in between. Pleeeeeeeeeeease.

    January 29, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  19. Paul H

    She's right. The right to choose should go both ways shouldn't it. This is one woman's story. Her choice. To only lean toward one side of this issue as an organization for women is almost like promoting one side.

    January 29, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  20. Rob R

    OMG, I agree with Palin!!!! Protesting this ad is a fearful act, not to have an abortion is also a CHOICE.

    January 29, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  21. Republicans - Wrong about everything, Wrong for America (and GW Bush was the worst President ever)

    I am pro choice, but could care less if this commercial airs. It won't change one persons mind. Those that are pro choice will still be pro choice. Those that are anti-abortion will still be anti-abortion. The big liar here. CBS. Industry norms my backside. Super Bowl advertising revenue is down, and they need the money. Which is fine with me. They should just tell it like it is.

    January 29, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  22. NadineCA

    Ok Palin, attack, NOW because that's going to work out real good for you...not. For a female trying to make a serious name for herself as a political leader in a non traditional female career, she's wrong to attack NOW. She has a right to her viewpoint but Palin being Palin, will beat her point over everyone else's head until she either gets her way or is so humiliated by her tactics that she bails on it ie, Governoring Alaska and bailing before the term ended because it got to hot in the kitchen.

    January 29, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  23. Kaye

    Tim Tebow's Mother had a CHOICE that's where the focus should be. SHE HAD A CHOICE. The pro life people want take away that choice. I agree that they we should all work together to find a way to make abortions unnecessary.

    The commercial is not going to change anyone's mind so let them show it.

    January 29, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  24. Marc

    Well, I'm going to watch the game and the show (it's The Who this year, isn't? Even if it's not they always have a GREAT show)...
    And just about that, I will not watch the Superbowl to be indoctrinated on the 'pro-life' or 'pro-choice' stances....

    January 29, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  25. Mrs. S Callahan

    I want to hear her story ....

    Man can not predicte outcomes....despite how hard they try...God always has the upper hand.
    As the old saying goes...there is nothin' to fear but fear itself....keep the clip on...it may be a future President's life your saving.

    January 29, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
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