Choice?

No newlywed couple using two forms of birth control expects to get pregnant.  To say I was surprised that a rabbit died 3 months into my marriage would be an understatement.  I was still adjusting to my new life as an Army officer’s wife living over a thousand miles from my family.  I certainly wasn’t ready to start a family of my own.

Yet there I was, sitting in a doctor’s office being given two stunning pieces of news.  First, I was definitely pregnant.  Second, the physician was recommending an immediate abortion.  Two weeks earlier I had been in this same military medical facility undergoing testing to determine the cause of severe respiratory distress.  Not even suspecting I was pregnant, I  had submitted my body to x-rays.  Subsequently upon being diagnosed with pneumonia, I had been treated with several medications that would prove detrimental to the brain of a developing fetus.  The doctor said the combination of those two things would render my pregnancy “unviable”.  If by some slim chance the pregnancy went full term, I was told I would, in all likelihood, deliver a tissue mass with no central nervous system.  The doctor matter-of-factly suggested this whole situation could be “taken care of” within the week.

Pro-choice advocates would tell me how fortunate I was that I could make a decision to end my pregnancy and simply move on with my life.  But as Tim Tebow’s mother, Pam so eloquently shared at www.focusonthefamily.com , the decision about this pregnancy had already been made.  As a survivor of violent crime years earlier, {see “Breaking In, Breaking Through” on this blog, August 2009} I had previously been faced with the decision whether or not to end a life, even one conceived in a violent forceful manner.  It was a painful situation in which I realized that circumstances of a conception do not mitigate the facts…a pre-born baby is a future human being.  In those moments of darkness I fully embraced the concept of choosing life.

 

My son will soon turn 23.   This child whom 3 different doctors ultimately declared I would not carry to term entered this world just as the God who created him had intended and he is living with passion.  He is engaged to be married this summer and visions of future grandbabies…though probably years down the road…are already stirring in my head.

As I listened to Pam Tebow elaborate on her story, her words resonated in my spirit and I was deeply touched by her convictions.  We live in a culture of convenience and instant gratification, glorifying our personal rights at the expense of  innocent children…over 46 million of them in America since Roe v. Wade in 1973.  To trust an “unseen” Creator in the face of such dire circumstances seems simple-minded, naive, even foolish given our circumstances. 

I think Mrs. Tebow would agree with me when I say emphatically, those are labels I can live with. 

I consider myself immensely blessed to have two beautiful sons…one by birth, one by adoption…neither of them merely by choice but by God’s grace.

Super Bowl Drama: Feminist Groups Invite Mockery Over Innocuous Ad

NOTE: An edited version of my article was originally published by Technorati at http://technorati.com/entertainment/tv/article/super-bowl-drama-pro-choice-groups/

The figures are out!  According to www.hollyscoop.com Super Bowl XLIV was the first sporting event ever to exceed 100 million viewers.  Sunday’s game drew 106.5 million viewers, demolishing previous Super Bowl records and blasting 1983’s M*A*S*H finale, which garnered 105.97 million viewers.

Depending on who you ask, Super Bowl commercials typically generate as much excitement as the actual game.  This year was certainly no exception, especially one that hadn’t even aired yet.

Last week, addressing the feminist outrage over a planned  Focus on the Family Super Bowl ad featuring Tim Tebow & his mother Pam,  Gary Schneeberger, a spokesman for Focus on the Family stated,  “There’s nothing political and controversial about it…When the day arrives, and you sit down to watch the game on TV, those who oppose it will be quite surprised at what the ad is all about.”

Truer words have not been uttered since Michael Jackson’s soprano-voiced crooning of “Billie Jean is not my lover…”

What WAS all the fuss about?

Forming gross presumptions about the ad’s content, feminist groups clamored for the spotlight, decrying the 30 second ad…which no one had ever seen…as anti-abortion, controversial, divisive.  Over 30 women’s advocacy groups and other liberal organizations sent a letter to CBS demanding the ad be pulled.  Jehmu Green, president of Women’s Media Center, issued a statement to Reuters.  Claiming the ad “uses sports to divide rather than to unite”, Green said, “We are calling on CBS to stick to their policy of not airing controversial advocacy ads… and this is clearly a controversial ad.”   Her Twitter comments shortly before noon on Super Bowl Sunday said, “CBS decision 2 air Tebow ad is sexism.” 

Additionally, an on-line poll conducted by nydailynews.com asking “Should CBS pull Tim Tebow’s pro-life Super Bowl ad?”  concluded with the following results:

28%  YES.  It’s not appropriate for a football game

65% NO. Let him tell his story.

7% DOESN’T MATTER, I’ll be getting snacks during the break.

Why is it that a movement screaming for tolerance is willing to indulge anyone and everyone UNLESS they fear there is a message contrary to THEIR opinion?  The irony to all  this hypocrisy is that with such ludicrous knee-jerk emotionalism, whiners at the Women’s Media Center, N.O.W., Planned Parenthood, Feminist Majority and their ilk continue to make fools of themselves, inviting mockery as they expose the truth behind their intolerant liberal agenda.

One look at the innocuous Focus on the Family ad and any rational adult would surmise all the needless drama surrounding this commercial was nothing more than foolish feminist bigotry.  Irony, indeed.