Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Madison Avenue is Blessed

In a massive upset victory for common sense, Will Saletan takes down the logic of the "choose life" Tebow ad:
Pam's story certainly is moving. But as a guide to making abortion decisions, it's misleading. Doctors are right to worry about continuing pregnancies like hers. Placental abruption has killed thousands of women and fetuses. No doubt some of these women trusted in God and said no to abortion, as she did. But they didn't end up with Heisman-winning sons. They ended up dead.

Being dead is just the first problem with dying in pregnancy. Another problem is that the fetus you were trying to save dies with you. A third problem is that your existing kids lose their mother. A fourth problem is that if you had aborted the pregnancy, you might have gotten pregnant again and brought a new baby into the world, but now you can't. And now the Tebows have exposed a fifth problem: You can't make a TV ad.

We should note here that it is, of course, Ms. Tebow's choice if she wants to risk her life for the chance at birthing a live son. The emphasis, however, is on the word choice. "Women should be forced to risk their lives -- and I'm proof that some of you will beat the odds" is not a particularly catchy slogan.


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