Video: Women’s Health — Always a Political Football

It really is simple for me.  A woman’s right to choose is about respect for women as mature, intelligent people who can make the right decisions for their lives.

Well, the good news for the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts is that probably more women know when the Super Bowl is this year than in decades … who would have dreamed that the hottest topic in the women’s health community would be a television ad to run in prime time during the biggest football game of the year?

By now, you’ve probably heard all about the ad that Focus on the Family, the ultimate far-right political group, is spending millions to run during the game. It apparently will feature college football player Tim Tebow and his mom talking about a deeply personal medical decision she made years ago: she decided to carry her high-risk pregnancy to term against medical advice, resulting in the birth of her Heisman Trophy-winning son, Tim.

People have been asking us at Planned Parenthood what we think about the ad and about Mrs. Tebow’s decision. Though I haven’t seen the ad, based on what we’ve heard, our answer is simple. Planned Parenthood respects the right of every woman to make medical decisions for herself.

A couple of great friends of Planned Parenthood — two terrific athletes — have something to say about sports, families, and the importance of personal decision making. Take a look HERE as former college and professional football player Sean James and Olympic gold medalist Al Joyner respond to the Tebow Super Bowl ad.


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13 Responses to Video: Women’s Health — Always a Political Football

  1. AliSilver says:

    ”A woman’s right to choose is about respect for women as mature, intelligent people who can make the right decisions for their lives”
    This is where women play both sides of the fence. I call Bull****!
    By definition a MATURE AND INTELLIGENT woman will NOT find herself facing an abortion at any time in her life. ( exceptions rape and incest)

    Sage Reply:

    Wow. Really? What about failed birth control? That happens pretty frequently.

    AliSilver Reply:

    @Sage, Do you think 1-3% of abortions are because of failed birth control ?
    The people I know personally who’ve had abortions had NO birth control. They gambled and knew it could happen.
    By contrast, the ONLY person I know who got pregnant after FAILED birth control kept the baby.

    Sage Reply:

    It’s hard to say how many are because of failed birth control, but birth control does fail. Frankly, why a woman has an abortion really isn’t my concern. Of the women I know, none of them used abortion as a means of birth control. There were different extenuating circumstances that led to their unwanted pregnancy.

    When a woman finds herself with an unwanted pregnancy she really has enough to deal with without me trying to impose my moral beliefs on her.

    AliSilver Reply:

    @Sage, I don’t impose my moral belief on anyone regarding their pregnancy. I even drove one of the aforementioned friends to the clinic for hers !!!!!!!! But she was neither mature OR intelligent and that’s why she got into the mess. I take extreme issue with saying women are so SMART we can decide ourselves. We are so smart we can also decide ( in almost ALL cases) to NOT get pregnant.

    Sounds like if your class of friends may be smarter than mine altogether though, LOL.
    I was a wild one in my younger day and hung out with even wilder ones.

    Sage Reply:

    Even if a woman is stupid, it is still her body and if she’s really stupid she might be way better off not having a child. It’s a matter of respecting women as free human beings, in my opinion. I personally never thought the issue should have been decided based on the right to privacy so much as the THIRTEENTH AMENDMENT SECTION 1 which states that Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except
    as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

    I think forcing a woman to carry a child for 9 months AGAINST HER WILL is involuntary servitude and having sex and getting pregnant isn’t a crime. Men walk away for sexual encounters all the time with no consequences. Why should women be forced to pay the consequence?

    AliSilver Reply:

    @Sage, You’re getting very emotional. I was just trying to make a logic point. If we rule out all cases of broken birth control, incest and rape and what we have left are women too unintelligent to not get pregnant, then isn’t it possible they are not smart enough to make the choice about what’s best?
    Yes i t is still her body. If she had any respect for the body she shouts from the mountaintop ITS MY BODY I GET TO CHOOSE, she would not find herself int he position of NEEDING to choose. That’s all I’m trying to say. You can’t be so smart you make all the choices and yet not smart enough to know how pregnancies happen.
    That being said I was thinking earlier about a post of my friend and your friend etc etc and realizing that the older I get I can’t say I know anyone in years who has had one. That alone further drives home the point that maturity and intelligence are qualities that KEEP you from getting pregnant. All of those things happened whenI was much younger and the older and WISER we get, people know better and don’t take the chances. Also there is a % of women 35 + who did have abortions and take HUGE precautions against having to face that choice again.

  2. AliSilver says:

    Merriam-Webster defines a cell as ……….. ” a small usually microscopic mass of protoplasm bounded externally by a semipermeable membrane, usually including one or more nuclei and various other organelles with their products, capable alone or interacting with other cells of performing all the fundamental functions of life, and forming the smallest structural unit of living matter capable of functioning independently”’
    That is life.

    This is a frustrating thing for me in the abortion debate. There are a lot of excuses for WHY it’s ok. And very many are not valid. That it’s not life, etc etc. It’s taking a life, any way you slice it.

    Many states have now passed laws where if you kill or injure a pregnant woman and / or her unborn baby, you can be charged with MURDER on the fetus. How can you if it’s not a life?

    Sage Reply:

    Many states are run by idiots. There’s more to life or we wouldn’t disconnect the life support of someone who is brain dead.

  3. AliSilver says:

    So you think if someone kills a pregnant woman ,they should get one murder charge or two ?

    Sage Reply:

    One. Gheesh, even the severe Old Testament Law didn’t call for a murder charge over an unborn child.

    AliSilver Reply:

    @Sage, Well then you are consistent. I was surprised when I heard the law because the first time I heard it read it was for a california law and it said ‘anyone killin a fetus, other than the mother’ or something along those lines and I was like THIS cannot be right. Yet it is and I’ve seen several instances of news where someone gets 2 charges for killing a pregnant woman.

  4. AliSilver says:

    Geez, this is abortion week, isn’t it?

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