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

Palin continues shots at the National Organization for Women

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/01/11/art.palin.flag.jpg caption="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. annie f.

    who cares what she thinks. she is very one dimensional and not very experienced in what others lives might be like outside of her own. this just gives her more air time..

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

    Sarah is making a lot of money missing the point.

    Her foreign policy credentials?
    They're (Russia) our next door neighbors and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska.

    Which Founding Father do you like?
    I like them all.

    She misses the point because she is ignorant and doesn't know much. She's likable, but so are puppies.

    January 29, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  3. Concerned Alaskan

    As a woman, I have NEVER voted to speak on my behalf EVER!! Nor have I ever requested or yearned for her to do so! So, the people spoke, and they did not choose you Palinsita!!! Stop trying to push your beliefs onto the country!!

    January 29, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  4. The Dude

    What a shock, I agree with Sarah. The ad should be allowed to run.

    January 29, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  5. Nick

    I think that these kind of ads have no place airing during the superbowl. It has always been a tradition for people across the country to come together have and a good time with family and friends, eat good food, watch the game, and some funny commercials emphasis on funny not Tim Tebow's mom sharing how she decided not to have an abortion, good for her that is her business and quite frankly nobody cares except Sarah Palin. It is a personal choice and I don't want to hear about it while I'm trying to watch my Colts beat the Saints.

    January 29, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  6. Catherine

    Golly, like anyone should take Planned parenting advice from Palin.

    Oh wait they don't PLAN the parenting in the Palin house.

    January 29, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  7. Emma

    We all know Sarah's stand on women not having a right to choose. It puts her among the folks that want to control our lives more than we want them to. Religious beliefs should not determine this issue.

    January 29, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  8. Rick Myers

    This is rediculous. Sarah Palin is not missing the point. She understands that this is yet another example of Liberals trying to silence anyone who doesn't hold the same views as theirs.

    January 29, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  9. student

    Compare this to CBS decision to not run Gay dating commerical. All political battles are values battles, even cloaked behind Constitutional arguements. Intolerance is as American as Freedom.

    January 29, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  10. Shane

    What's puzzling is brain-dead morons on the right making you very, very rich!!

    January 29, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  11. 1 Mom

    It is offensive for a church or religious group to spend a couple million on advertising while families are in need. It says, the organization is serving its own agenda, rather than missions of Christ.

    January 29, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  12. Rick

    I normally don't agree with the twit, but she has a point. Choice seems to be criticized by a large contingent of feminists when that choice is to be against abortion or choosing to be a stay at home mom. It's pro-choice, not pro-abortion as we're often told by feminists. As long as he's just encouraging you to choose life, and not forcing you to do so through legal coercion, its nothing to get bent out of shape over.

    January 29, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  13. Jakibro

    Big corporate Television is scrambling to accept any clients now that the usual Super Bowl advertisers are not buying up those spots. The Pro and Choice arguments do not belong in the Super Bowl arena. This game is for all sports enthusiasts to simply enjoy without political strife or pressure. Thanks CBS for ruining a great football game.

    January 29, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  14. Eisener

    As usual this bimbo has only have the story before she talks.

    At issue here is the fact that CBS is agreeing to air an add with a political or religious message. When a church last year wanted to buy time to air an add with their message that they welcome gay people, they were REJECTED with the reasoning that CBS will not air adds with a political or religious message during Superbowl.

    Thus, this is an outrageous double standard by CBS.

    Get that Palin. Or is that too complicated?

    And, by the way, I for one – a woman – take great offense to Palin telling me what I should think, feel and do with my body and my life as long as I act within the constitution and law of this country. I see nothing 'empowering' in that message.

    January 29, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  15. Edwin

    So a pro-life ad is okay, but a gay dating site is not. I think CBS is speaking very clearly that they prefer conservatives to liberals.

    SA wrote that "...public add space on a public broadcast network is available to the highest bidder..." but CBS has shown us this is not the case. You only get an ad if it fits CBS' personal agenda.

    January 29, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  16. Dean

    You complain about people on the right wanting to control lives. This is far better than people on the left who want to END lives.

    January 29, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  17. Edwin

    HL wrote "...Sarah is making a lot of money missing the point."

    Which really is the point, for her. She has pretty much always been about the money, and maybe the spotlight.

    She may be ignorant and woefully inept on issues, but she is smart enough to realize she can make a boatload of cash reacting like this.

    In a few months or a few years her fans will start to realize that she isn't in it for them, but by then she'll be able to retire off the money she bilked out of them.

    January 29, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  18. stormerF

    Pro-lifers have as much right to advertise as the makers of beer do. I am sure the MADD association would like it if all the beer commericals were taken off TV also. So if NOW can come up with the money to pay for a commerical,they too can advertise. It is called freedom of speech,it is not attacking the Now Organization or the rights to have an Abortion. It is an Advertisement.

    January 29, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  19. zhoayang

    The libtards come out in droves when the name Palin is mentioned anywhere in the 1000 mile vicinity!!!

    January 29, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  20. Dave

    I would love to see an add showing this issue from a man's perspective. If the woman wants the baby he has child support. If the woman doesn;t want the baby baby he has no say. The left like choice. What his choices?

    January 29, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  21. Susan, Flagstaff, AZ

    NOW is not going to "go away". I wish Sarah would; I don't even think Republicans consider Sarah a serious presidential candidate in 2012. I'm also glad Tim Lebow's mother had the "choice" to continue her pregnancy, even if it was against medical advice! And I like the point made by Rhonda – that abortion is illegal in the Phillipines anyway, so his mother's story may need to be fact-checked after CBS shows that ad! I don't think political or advocacy ads of any sort should be aired during the Super Bowl.

    January 29, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  22. Wayne

    The right that allows NOW state they are pro-choice is the same right that allows Tebow and Palin to say they are pro-life. NOW is the intolerant group in this. They want to use their freedoms to proclaim their view and at the same time suppress others with opposing views from expressing their thoughts.

    January 29, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  23. JWK

    Whether one wants to admit it or not, Sarah Palin is right on this. You would think that NOW would support a woman's right to choose. Pam Tebow chose not to have an abortion. They have a problem with it because it encourages women not abort.

    If you take some time to think about it you would realize this ad is both pro-life and pro-choice. If they were really pro-woman and pro-choice they would trumpet this ad but NOW is simply pro-abortion. They are being extremely intolerant as well. They try to silence speech they don't agree with by making some ridiculous argument that the right to abortion could be taken away if this ad is seen. It does nothing of the sort. It simply tells a story of the beauty of giving birth to a child and what that child can accomplish.

    January 29, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  24. BRIAN

    If this is the battle Gov Palin wants to fight (free speech) she had better be ready to accept the things that offend her and her freinds at Fox news .(pigs will fly first)

    January 29, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  25. Elle in WA

    My right to choose empowers me. Not the right to have somebody MAKE me do something I may or may not want to do. So to that, I say "Shut up Palin". You don't speak for "empowered" women. I'm a Mom with two kids and feel I should always have the right to make a choice that concerns me or my body.

    As for CBS, you do what you will, but keep in mind if you're not equal to both sides then you will be attacked by both consumers and media.

    January 29, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
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