(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."
Like anyone really cares what she thinks
I am soo tired of reading about Sarah Palin. You know what is really funny, living in the south, Palin was loved by all. They are now realizing that she wasn't qualified and can't believe the Republican Party, more specifically John McCain didn't vet her. She was just a pretty face that people want to be. It is similar to Britney Spears who can’t sing, but because she is entertaining and cute, she is famous. Sarah isn’t a rocket scientist and I think it is time to stop talking about her, pleaasse! I want to hear about ways to put hope back into kids going to college for a career that pays the bills and allows them to have a happy life. I would also like to hear more about how to prevent child and animal abuse! I am an independent voter, 3Oish years old, and college educated who is sooo sick of all of this back and forth crap! Oh and a note to the complainers about Obama. I almost feel sorry for him. The economy was falling off a cliff and some still don’t give him any credit. He needs a bit of slack, I think he is holding fort down pretty well.
I guess now we are going to have all kinds of political ads about everything from gay marriage ot climate change during the super bowl. I agree it is not the venue for politics. Leave the super bowl for entertainment not politics.
Doctors knowledge 30 years ago compared to now are vastly different. Suggesting that you shouldn't take advice from you trained medical provider is irresponsible. It's no secret that people like Palin are against abortions in any circumstance. This ad puts women who have to make a difficult decision in danger by putting the thought in their head that 'hmm, maybe my doctor is wrong too."
I am not in favor of outlawing abortion, but I'm not in favor of curtailing anyone's free speech. Personally, I plan on using that time to fetch a fresh beer from the fridge.
Let me get this straight. The Superbowl is not the correct forum for politically-charged messages but it is ok for a presidential candidate to run an ad during the World Series? I am sick to death of all these double standards!!!
Can someone please explain to me how being anti-abortion "empowers" a woman?
Gee, I'm sure the world would have been a much lesser place if not for the contributions of great quarterback in the sports world. (I'm not a sports fan...can you tell?) But to be "fair and balanced" maybe t the other side of the results of unwanted pregnancies ....those in our jails, prison systems, welfare lines, complete with all the problems that go along with this epidemic. I wish all the energy that the pro-lifers have fighting abortion could be directed at Pregnancy PREVENTION so abortions never had to occur in the first place! Abstinence is not a viable solution for people any more than trying to change the spots on a leopard or manage the behavior of any other species in the animal kingdom, so lets move on to the more tangible solutions to birth control...mechanical and chemical.
NOW is absolutely wrong. This is a free country (even under Obama) and surely a pro-life commercial featuring one of the greatest football players in the country is, indeed, MOST appropriate for the Super Bowl. Let NOW put their own pro-abortion ad on if they want to. Once again, a straight-talking Sarah Palin puts everything in the right perspective. O.K., now let's sit back and watch the frothing-at-the-mouth Palin haters work themselves into a frenzy.
CBS had no problem rejecting a Super Bowl ad from a gay dating service. I wonder what Sarah would have to say about that?
We should have a blocade on anything this woman says.
Palin needs to keep her name in the press. I don't want an ad advocating either side of this issue on our public airwaves.
How is denying a woman's right to medical procedures a pro-woman movement, exactly? Go back to AK and stick a sock in it, Sarah!
I do believe that the superbowl is not the forum for such an ad. I get turned off on any political or medical type adds during the superbowl. I want to have fun and cheer. eat lots of fatty foods and hopefully watch some creative new adds. Not any adds having to deal with such a subject. So let's get back to good old beer ads with lizzards.Yea.
My guess is that NOW is afraid of how many women will die from childbirth complications because they want to be like "Tim's mom".
"For a pro-life, pro-woman, pro-family ad to be seen as offensive and not empowering women is puzzling"
Umm, wouldn't giving women the CHOICE FOR THEMSELVES be empowering, not forcing them to have a child??
NOW should get a commercial right after the horrible Focus on The Family crap that will air during the Superbowl.
Question for Sarah Palin:
What if there was an ad that came on right after Tim Tebow's ad which stated that a woman has the right to choose, as it is her body? Would you claim that it is offensive to have such a message airing during the Super Bowl, or would you wonder what the pro-life groups (who would be vocally against it airing) were afraid of?
Wow, this woman can get in a bickering match with just about anyone. Definitely not Presidential.
I enjoy being entertained on Super Bowl Sunday, and I really wish this ad featuring Tim Tebow would not air. Find another time to push religious and political agendas, not during the Super Bowl.
She is right, why shouldn't they show it?
These NOW women, who condone abortion, are the same women who will stand outside a prison and protest a murderer be spared from the hangman's noose. Go figure.
I believe Terry O'neil is missing the point. This is America !
Sarah Palin strikes more fear into the hearts of liberals, than the sight of a crucifix and a wooden stake
BUT, I don't know why.
Lets call this like it really is. NOW is in your corner if you are for abortion, a lesbian or anything that is liberal. They will hate you if you are pro-family, for traditional marriage and pro-life. Its very simple. It would due NOW some good if they would just come out and say they are a far left liberal organization instead of saying they are for the rights of ALL women. Its clear they are not. Just stating the obvious, no dig for either side.