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. RayinIN

    Sugar coat it Palin because you are so SWEET. Most of America can see through your agenda. Smile alot and say religious statements to win that demography. You are slowly, but surely, on the way out.

    January 29, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  2. Bill

    I have to say I agree with Palin on this one. Don't get me wrong – in general I think she's an idiot. But there is no reason why a pro-life group should be prevented from advertising. Free speech.

    January 29, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    pro choice, works both ways........I actually agree w. Sarah Palin yikes

    January 29, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  4. Texas Doc

    That's right. Women should have no choice whatsoever concerning their bodies, the government should step in! But, healthcare, they should have a choice, baaaad government,stay away. What morons

    January 29, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  5. LacrosseSon

    With all the vitriol spewed forth by the left wing loons at her, she must be doing something right, huh mom!

    January 29, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  6. bennie new york

    It's during The Super Bowl! The Super Bowl should be a politics free event, liberal or conservative, pro-life or pro-choice. But if this is the precedent Focus On The Family wants to set, injecting politics into a sporting event, I believe that NOW should get an ad of it's own to put out their message.

    January 29, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  7. Sarah

    Although I'm no fan of Palin, she is not missing any point. NOW doesn't have a point. Row v Wade does not "empower" women, only women can "empower" women. There's no liberation in terminating your child's life. If the mother is carrying a female baby and decides to abort it, isn't that woman on woman violence? I see.....empowering

    January 29, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  8. inofritzn

    First off I'm pro-choice. However, these liberal groups are so very hypocritical. Are they not the ones always crying about free speech, and putting billboards up all over the city representing their views? Can't have it both ways. For once I agree with Palin, what are they afraid of???

    January 29, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  9. Jody Feldman

    As a Pro-Choice woman, I must say that it seems EVERYONE is missing the point...Mrs. Tebow DECIDED to have her child, just like Ms. Palin and her daughter DECIDED to have their children (Ms. Palin's own words) - what I believe in is the RIGHT TO DECIDE and so do Ms. Palin and Ms. Tebow! OMG– we are all on the same page!

    So let's all agree that a woman has the RIGHT to DECIDE about her own body and her pregnancy.

    January 29, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  10. Sharon Hughes

    Sarah Palin, it does not surprise me at all that you are "baffled" by it, since you can't understand anyone's opinion but your own.

    You are not a feminist. You don't understand the issues.

    Please. Read a newspaper. Ask a few questions. STOP shooting off your uninformed mouth. Better yet – just go away,.

    January 29, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Get over it Palin. This is the world's largest stage and one of the world's largest debates. Kudos to the Tebows for standing up for this matter.

    January 29, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  12. drahcir61

    When are people going to realize you're not going to change other people's minds? For those that have a very strong opinion, one way or another, they're not going to change their opinion ... period ... get used to it, get over it.

    I also don't think the Stupid Bowl is the right forum to have this advertisement. If this were a Pro-Choice advertisement, Palin & the righteous Right would be screaming their empty heads off.

    And who the heck cares about Tim Tebow anyway? I'm watching the Puppy Bowl ... woo hoo!

    January 29, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  13. JCV

    What is NOW so afraid of? Just because 1 in 3 women have an abortion does mean 1 in 3 Women NEED an abortion.

    Look at the uproar on the Left/Democrat side about Unions and Comapnies being able to spend on Political ads, and here is NOW. It seems the Left only wants to allow spending money on ads or Free Speak if they agree with it. Basic Rights are an all or nothing deal.

    January 29, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  14. Nellie Bly

    This ad encourages women to ignore the advice of their doctors as did Tim Tebow's mother. Does Sarah Palin encourage this as well?

    January 29, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  15. manhandler

    The Super Bowl is not a place for politically divisive ads. This group masquerades as only concerned about "family," at least their narrow bogoted version of it, in order to intrude in other peoples personal decisions concerning abortion. Their mean spirited campaigns against gay Americans and their families promote intolerance and hate. CBS is not hurting for ad buys for the Super Bowl. Why they find it necessary to include this divisive ad is a real mystery.

    January 29, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  16. Kerzell

    This woman is a disgrace to all women who fought and won the fight that bought her to where she is. Does she think that women who choose to have an abortion do so for enjoyment? Has she not seen/know this is a personal decision for a woman and her doctor.

    Get the message Sara? If you want to let men exploit you, do not expect the rest of us women to follow!!

    January 29, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  17. Chris W

    I really don't understand NOW's desire to shut down the Pro-life message. If they are so offended by the ad, then they should purchase air time during the Super Bowl and present their competing ideas. Let individuals make up their own minds.

    January 29, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  18. david, CA

    So then Palin would also support the rights of NOW to run pro-choice ads during the Super Bowl?

    January 29, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  19. Randy Schneider

    NOW is the one missing the point, not Palin.

    January 29, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  20. Dave

    Sorry terry O'Neill, last time I checked this was the USA and we have a Bill of Rights (1st Amendment) that should allow this to air. The Superbowl can be a forum fo anything as we've seen. My bother lost his son to a drunk driver and has to sit and watch ads for alcohol during it.

    January 29, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  21. Kris

    Palin's always missing the point, as well as the others in the pro-life movement. We on the pro-choice side are not "baby killers", as Bill O'Reilly has wrongly accused, we are for the civil rights of women.

    January 29, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Is it any wonder that Sarah Palin would miss the point of the NOW objections?

    January 29, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  23. Janet from California

    Sports and politics do NOT mix! Please, CBS, remove this commercial!

    January 29, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  24. Winnie Stang

    If any message has to be used on Super Bowl day, by Tebow, perhaps it should be a message that sends a shout out to the "male audience", to "use a condom".

    Why take the chance to begin with? Abortion is necessary if you're careful to begin with.

    The NOW is out of touch, and is missing their opportunity to make a better point.

    January 29, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  25. MIchael in Dallas

    The Super Bowl has a history of rejecting advocacy and political ads in its past, especially when the individuals requesting to purchase time have been liberal groups. For them to change this policy ad hoc and accept this ad is not correct and it represents a holder of the public airways trust adopting a non-neutral stance.

    For Palin to not know the history of the situation and yet open her mouth as to why she is surprised at the outrage is not unexpected. She tends to believe that whatever right wings groups want or say is perfectly correct, regardless of how poorly informed she is on the situation. I wonder what it is like in the little world of her imagination. Lots of noise on the right side of her head and deaf on the left.

    January 29, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
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