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. Christal

    The problem with this ad, and so many other forms of anti-abortion propaganda, is that is misinformation. Yes, Tebow's mother was lucky in that her child was born healthy and went on to do great things. If a mother who was advised by her doctor to have an abortion for medical reasons sees this ad, she may decide not to abort and have serious medical issues for her or the child.

    Please leave it to the women and their doctors, not Focus on the Family to give me my information and medical advice!

    January 29, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  2. realist

    The ad makes ignoring the advice of your doctor sound like a good idea - maybe your baby will grow up to win a Heisman, too! - and it's not. Pam Tebow was also very different, demographically, than most women considering an abortion. She was already a mother, white, married, middle class, and wanted her baby. By contrast, most woman considering an abortion are poor, young, unmarried, ethnic minorities, and in the middle of unwanted pregnancies.

    That ignoring her doctor's advice turned out well for her, and that her baby Tim grew up to be healthy and successful is great. Everyone should rejoice at her good fortune. But implying her example is one to be followed by many in very different circumstances is a huge stretch. (Palin is, of course, irrelevant and just trying to score political points.)

    January 29, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  3. sara

    "empowering women is empowering women" is having a Choice, Palin. Pam had a choice and she choose.... so why can't ALL women have a Choice to Choose? Palin never makes too much sense on any issues, except that she's making sense with her bottom line.....her Bank Account!

    January 29, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  4. jm

    It sounds like NOW is missing the point, pretty much in its entirety. Do they not see a problem with their statistice(which sounds absurdly high) that one in three women in America will have an abortion?

    January 29, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  5. Jon

    The only issue that I agree 100% with Palin.

    January 29, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  6. mom of 3

    Regardless of ones position on this issue both sides have a right to air their opinion. This is a free speech issue plain and simple.

    January 29, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  7. keith 52yrs in NJ

    I would normally never agree with right wing nuts like Palin but this time she is absolutely right. This IS America. if someone can afford the cost of an ad during the Super bowl, they should be able to run whatever message they want. If NOW wants to present an opposing view, then fork up the dough.

    January 29, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  8. Marge

    CBS should not air Tim Tobow's anti abortion ad. It is completely out of context at this spectacular sporting event and should not be used as a political tool for any religious group. Keep all religious factions out of this special event, no matter what, and keep it that way!

    January 29, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  9. Capt D

    She's not missing the point, NOW is. Their "point" is invalid. Quick reminder,... a little thing we like to call freedom of speech. I'll equally defend the right of a Pro-Life group to buy airtime to speak their mind and a Pro-Abortion gorup to buy airtime. NOW, and all other organizations on both the left and the right, need to get over their fear of letting the other side speak. They also need to grow some hide. "People who are easily offended,.... need to be,... as often as possible."

    January 29, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  10. Randy in Pa

    My God, the world is coming to an end. I actually agree with Palin on something.

    It would be wrong to censor or block an anti-abortion ad as it would an abortion ad. It doesn't matter whether it's on during the Superbowl or any other show.

    It's advertising and it's not offensive.

    January 29, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  11. wels4est

    Industry norms..... like letting corporations spend millions to influence our elections.

    January 29, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  12. Chuck

    The key phrase being "...Pam, discussing HER decision...". Sounds like a pro-choice ad to me. The pro life ad would be about the government taking away her freedom to choose for herself. Conservatives only want the federal government interfering with peoples' lives when it suits their liking.

    January 29, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  13. Robert

    To 'reflect industry norms,' is a sorry excuse of a cop out. That is not an industry norm.

    I am not pro-abortion by any stretch, but that excuse reeks...

    January 29, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  14. Justen in Florida

    what's wrong with airing a pro-life commercial?

    January 29, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  15. Albert K. L.A., CA

    Sports and politics do not mix! I recall when psychopathic opinionist forced their politics on all during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. For decent people throughout the world it cast doubt weather the human race can ever gather in peace even on the pay field. Just today a Kansas jury convicted a psychopathic opinionist for murder of an abortion provider and Palin is baffled why decent people do not want her politics forced on them during the Superbowl.

    January 29, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  16. Debbie Gomez

    Seriously, are there NO boundaries anymore? I don't know anyone who wants to see political ads during the Superbowl. I want to see THE GAME, and maybe some funny commercials. That's what the Superbowl has always been....a (hopefully) great game between 2 great teams with funny commercials and a flashy half-time thrown in for fun. I don't care which side you're on or which issue it is, the Superbowl isn't the forum for ANY political messages. Nobody wants to be preached to while they're watching the Superbowl. There's a time and place, but this isn't it.

    January 29, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  17. wake up

    NOW is a joke. Wouldn't true empowerment allow women to think and speak freely? NOW is just a tool of the far socialist left that conned us into voting for Obama.

    January 29, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  18. Who said the Mayans were wrong?

    Its become a political football.Lets put it on a referendum, once and for all and end the constant debate.

    January 29, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  19. Lee--Dallas, TX

    I actually have to agree with Palin on this one. The message doesn't seem offensive and 'NOW' may have picked the wrong target with this one. The commercial is about a choice, and she chose not to. Palin gets a point for this one.

    January 29, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  20. Dustin

    If they have the money to air the ad then let them. I doubt that a Tim Tebow commercial will be the deciding factor on whether or not Roe. V. Wade is overturned. I am a pro-choice advocate, but I see no problem with someone running an ad for pro-life if it is tastefully done which it sounds like this commercial is.

    January 29, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  21. Jonathan

    About once every 10-15 years, I'll agree with Palin. This is that one time.

    That said, Focus on the Family is a sickening organization, even if this particular ad is okay with me.

    January 29, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  22. Joe

    My industry norm is not to purchase item advertised by CBS during the ball game!!!

    January 29, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  23. Harold

    Actually Sarah Palin is baffled by quite a bit...and we are baffled by her inability to understand what typical, thoughtful Americans have very little figuring out. Sarah Palin's chief skill is her ability to polarize and divide America. That she or anyone in support of her would consider her to be an acceptable candidate for the highest office in the land, is truly baffling.

    January 29, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  24. Rob from MO

    Tim Tebow's mother had a choice about what to do with a problematic pregnancy. She choose to continue it and had a good outcome. Why does she and her son now want to deny that choice to other women with problem pregnancies? All pregnant women should have the same right to decide as she had. As long as Roe v Wade is the law of the land women have that right. The sad irony is that the ultimate goal of the folks who are exploiting the Tibow's experience is to deprive women of the same right that Mrs Tebow exercised. Palin and her ilk want the government to force women to continue unwanted pregnancies against their will. That is tyranny.

    January 29, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  25. Mike

    If NOW doesn't like it then they should make their own ad to air during the superbowl. However I don't think an abortion rights ad during the superbowl would really be received too well by the viewers. An anti- life ad is just not something the "living" want to hear.

    January 29, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
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