(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."
NOW should run a counter ad showing the graves of the thousands of women and infants who have died because of complications in pregnancy after ignoring doctor recommendations to have an abortion.
If you do not like it, turn off the tv NOW fools! This is what we are speaking about when we talk about the country going to far to be politically correct!
Keep politics out of the Super Bowl. It is not appropriate.
whatever respect I still had left for palin is gone down the drain.
for all her flaws ,, she is right on on this...
This ad is trying to chip away on R v. W. It is highly offensive to me mostly because these religious nutjobs want to not only shove their beliefs down our throats; they want to force us to drink their cool aid.
If NOW expects Sarah Palin to back down they are just wasting their time and good for Sarah Palin.
Pro-life, yes. Pro-family, yes. But this ad is NOT pro-woman. Wake up, Palin.
"For a pro-life, pro-woman, pro-family ad to be seen as offensive and not empowering women is puzzling,"
Pro-Life is the antithesis of Pro-Choice, no? An anti-freedom of choice ad seen as offensive and not empowering to women is not puzzling at all. Whether you agree with the right to choose or not, you can't possibly agree that stripping a right from anyone is a form of empowerment.
I've always felt "Missing Our Point" was a much more relevant title to Palin's book than "Going Vogue."
Have to agree with Palin on this one. NOW should be representing all women, not just pro-choice women.
I find the add distatseful but for different reasons.
They seem to suggest to women not to follow sound medical advice and if you do you will be rewarded with a college QB or something just as amazing. How many other women may follow the same path and possibly die for not folowing their doctors advice.
From another point of view would they feel free to air the ad of the woman who also did not follow her doctors advice and was blessed with a child with severe medical issues or she had to deal with medical issues herself all all her life? I doubt tht would get the same reponse but I am sure those stories exist out there.
I think this ad is dangerous not only for the political perspective but also for the health of the mother and child.
At least Mrs Tebow was able to exercise freedom of choice, and isn't "freedom of choice" what the argument is all about after all? Think about it Sarah Palin.
Not more politics on a sports show!!! I want more ads, like the Beer commercial that had the "gassy" horse!
As usual Palin is using this as her pick a fight of the week with someone. She has to be sure the media is not forgetting her. Bless her heart as we say in the South.
I am no fan of Palin but the woman has a point. It is not wrong to state one's view either on TV or in person. The NOW organization has a double standard. While they want women to be free (I am for it) and have free speech in the middle east and repressive countries, they want to duck tape free speech in this country. What Tim Teebow and his mother experienced is a fact and they want to advocate life. Why is that the NOW wants to duck tape Tim's mother while the NOW advocate's women empowerment is ridiculous and very prejudiced. The NOW and others that oppose the CBS decision are in fact perpetrating hate crimes. BTW I am not a conservative but a sensible person of tolerance and equality.
It's called "CHOICE' Sarah!
Okay, today's the day hell finally froze over because I'm actually agreeing with Sarah Palin on this one. I don't know what the fuss is all about. So Tim Tebow and his mom are celebrating his life. What's the problem ? It's not anti anything. They're just stating that if his mom had gone through with doctor's suggestions, Tim wouldn't be here right now, and he wouldn't be this wonderful and talented athlete, and person that he is today. BUT THAT WAS HER CHOICE ! That's what the naysayers about all of this need to learn. Mrs. Tebow CHOSE not to get an abortion, instead she CHOSE to have her son. And based on HER DECISION, she was happy that in her eyes she made the right choice. My advice to the Tebows is this : Stand your ground and fight for what you believe in. Don't let any knuckleheads tell you your choice is wrong, and that the statement you're making is wrong. I'm not offended by this, and I have a very open mind for a lot of stuff. These negative nancys need to relax.
Once again sara misses the point and fails to understand the bigger picture- I am not sure why that is a surprise
The commercial shows that his mother had a choice to make. It was not made for her by politions. Many woman make that choice, but they at least have the freedom to make the choice that is best for them.
Why do the pro-choice folks fear a success story of a Young man who grew up to be famous? The failure of his mom to go along with the doctor turned out extremely well. Is NOW crying about an opportunity missed? How many Einsteins, Babe Ruths, and Michael Jordans have been lost to the world needlessly?
Since when does NOW have the right to determine what CBS can air?? If Focus on the Family ran an ad supporting abortion, would NOW still have said the superbowl was not an appropriate time for that?? I highly doubt it. Either run your own ad, or just shut up. It's called free speech.
Focus on the Family has just as much right to air their opinion as a beer company or anyone else. NOW has an agenda and woe to anyone who disagrees with it.
It's interesting that Palin says "empowering women". I thought empowering women was giving women a CHOICE on their own life decision.
its a politic topic, plain and simple miss Palin, get with the program
Once more Sarah Palin opens her mouth and women take one step back...the point is that Tim Tebow's mom had the CHOICE to decide what she wanted to do!!!!!! What an embarrasment to women.
Would she say the same about PETA running an ad during the game to stop the aerial hunting of wolves in Alaska? Would she defend them?
The Super Bowl should not be used as a political forum for anyone.
WE NEED A BREAK ONCE IN A WHILE...YA KNOW?