The Real Story of Tim Tebow's Near-Abortion
Omitted from inspirational version: Abortion was illegal
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 29, 2010 11:10 AM CST
Loading... Please wait

(Newser) – As the uproar over Tim Tebow’s anti-abortion Super Bowl ad rages, little attention has been paid to whether his mom Pam’s story—that she refused a recommended abortion while working as a missionary in the Philippines—is true. “One detail has so far been excluded from Tebow's public tellings of the story: Abortion was, and still is, illegal in the Philippines,” writes Tracy Clark-Flory for Salon. The law allows no exceptions, even when the mother's life is in danger.


This makes it highly unlikely that a physician would have recommended Tebow’s mother abort because the antibiotics she was taking for amoebic dysentery might cause fetal damage, Clark-Flory writes, citing a letter from the Center for Reproductive Rights. And although the law might not have been an issue for Pam Tebow, who says she based her decision on her Christian faith, the writer notes, “It is an issue for, oh, the 1,000-plus women who died in 2008 because of the Philippines' abortion ban.”

View 2 images
More From Newser
My Take on This Story
To report an error on this story,
notify our editors.
The Real Story of Tim Tebows Near-Abortion is...
29%
11%
10%
31%
14%
5%
Show results without voting
You Might Like
Comments
Showing 3 of 96 comments
lela
Feb 3, 2010 5:58 AM CST
totally dumb comparisson...wanted v. unwanted pregnancy....YES a woman gets to decide....there should be limits though....in EU a woman can have an abortion only within the first trimester....afterward it can only be performed in case that there is a health reason....SO...no matter which way pro-lifers try to push...NOBODY will EVER decide for me what I'll do with my body...If I want a smaller nose I'll get it done...bigger ass, might as well...get an abortion because I'm stuck with an unwanted pregnancy due to the birth control failure...you can be damn sure I'll terminate such pregnancy....as I said its a matter of an INDIVIDUAL choice...and I fully support individual choice...always have...always will.....
wwwonderer
Feb 1, 2010 4:57 AM CST
That's the joke to ma bout religion in the information age. See 1,000 years ago, let alone 2,000. If I told you there were radioactive monkeys in Africa, you have maybe two choice: believe me, or go see for yourself. I'm sure everyone is ready to travel by boat or cross the oh-so safe desert. And with the church being state, any dissention is dealt with. Just ask Copernicus. Now days, with the world at your fingertips, it is hard to promote lies. Yet religion has done it for so long, it's hard to break the habit. And of course, religion, being the state, was the authority of knowledge and 'science'. There's no mention of gravity in the Bible, but God knows all.
cunomor
Feb 1, 2010 2:04 AM CST
Two scenarios: One is a pregnant woman in a car. She is hit and killed by a drunk driver. The driver is charged with two homicides - the mother and her baby. Second scenario: A pregnant woman is in a car that is taking her to have an abortion. No crime for ending the baby's life in this example. The first scenario has actually happened, and the driver charged with two counts of homicide and successfully convicted. Does this not scream contradiction? Does it mean that b/c a child has to enter the world through a woman's body that the woman gets to determine whether that child is a legally protected entity based on her own intent to have the child or not? That defies everything our civil rights are based on. Point out any other case where one human gets to determine whether another human is a legal person or not. It's not as simple as you want it to be, and it's not just a woman's body, it's a baby's body too.