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

(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.”

South squad quarterback Tim Tebow, of Florida, throws during practice for the NCAA college football Senior Bowl game, on Tuesday Jan. 26, 2010,  in Mobile, Ala..
South squad quarterback Tim Tebow, of Florida, throws during practice for the NCAA college football Senior Bowl game, on Tuesday Jan. 26, 2010, in Mobile, Ala..   (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
In this Jan. 1, 2010, file photo, Florida quarterback Tim Tebow looks to pass during the Sugar Bowl football game against Cincinnati at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans.
In this Jan. 1, 2010, file photo, Florida quarterback Tim Tebow looks to pass during the Sugar Bowl football game against Cincinnati at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans.   (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)
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