Setting the Record Straight (Again) on the Tebows’ Life-Affirming Super Bowl Ad

By Dave Andrusko

Ours must be one of the four or five blogs that have not posted a story recently on Tim Tebow, the remarkably charismatic quarterback for the Denver Bronco. Previously we’ve written about Tebow several times, all having to do with the remarkable fact that he is alive in the first place (his mother, Pam, refused medical advice to abort and she almost lost Tim at delivery), and the manufactured controversy over a life-affirming commercial he and his mother were part of that aired during the 2010 Super Bowl.

If you’re on treadmill anywhere in North America, you are bound to see a story about “God’s Quarterback,” a title the devout Tebow no doubt finds both embarrassing and vaguely sacrilegious. Correspondent Peter Alexander, in a report aired yesterday on NBC Today, told the audience that “Many Americans were first introduced to Tebow during this controversial anti-abortion ad that aired during the 2010 Super Bowl,” followed by a very short clip.

 

As many of you remember, the word “abortion” was never used in the 30-second “Celebrate family, celebrate life.” Instead mother and son playfully horsed around while making a serious point about Tim, whom Mrs. Tebow   called her “miracle baby.”

Pam Tebow says, “He almost didn’t make it into this world. I remember so many times when I almost lost him. It was so hard. Well he’s all grown up now, and I still worry about his health [a lighthearted reference to being crushed by 300 pound lineman]. Everybody treats him like he’s different, but to me, he’s just my baby. He’s my Timmy, and I love him.”

I could repeat all the nonsense that the usual suspects said in advance of the ad airing. (Kudos to CBS for not buckling under to threats.) Or how the intolerance of pro-abortionists boomeranged. Or how abortion sympathizers tried subsequently to make lemonade out of lemons by saying pro-abortionists  should be “using the Super Bowl spotlight to convey what their movement is all about: protecting the right of women like Pam Tebow to make their private reproductive choices.”

Suffice it to say that the ad served its purpose: the Tebows made their point deftly (and with humor) while pro-abortionists had revealed themselves yet against as a bastion of intolerance as they tried to muscle CBS.

But instead I’d rather talk briefly about Tim Tebow’s book, “Through My Eyes,” which I reviewed here last summer. The book is as straightforward and unadorned as the man, and very much worth reading.

Like many of you I knew that Tim’s parents were missionaries to the Philippines and that when Pam Tebow was carrying Tim, there were serious complications. Just how serious I didn’t realize until I read the first few chapters.

The pregnancy was difficult from the beginning, characterized by pain and bleeding. “A number of times they were certain they had lost me,” Tim writes. His parents went to the best doctor in their area of the Philippines who told his mother in a slow monotone that “An abortion is the only way to save your life.”

Tim writes, “According to [the doctor], the ‘mass of fetal tissue’ or ‘tumor’—me—had to go.”

A deeply devout couple, the Tebows left “shocked and a bit numb, but resolute in what course they would take.” Pam Tebow experienced “an unexpected and indescribable peace. God’s peace,” Tim writes.

“Miraculously” the bleeding subsequently subsided, meaning they could fly to Manila. Tim tells us that when he was delivered he was “followed immediately by a blood clot that was bigger than I was.”

The attending physician told his dad, “Mr. Tebow, your child is a miracle baby. I can’t explain how it happened, but despite all odds, he beat them. Only a small part of the placenta was attached, but it was just enough to keep your baby nourished all these months.”

But they were not out of the woods—neither Pam nor Tim.

“Mom had surgery when I was a week old, and she finally became to recover after the health challenges of many months. The doctor told my parents that if we had not come to Manila, Mom probably would not have survived my birth.”

Tim adds, “My mom, dad, and family were so grateful for my save arrival and thanked the Lord for His protection of both my mom and me.”

During the Super bowl hubbub, Tim unobtrusively espoused his pro-life principles. One newspaper account I read at the time is representative: “Tebow said he has deep convictions on the abortion issue because of his mother’s story.”

Tebow then said, “I know some people won’t agree with it, but I think they can at least respect that I stand up for what I believe.”

The entire Tebow family is remarkable, and the way they live out their pro-life convictions is an inspiration. The book is “Through My Eyes,” which you can purchase at any bookstore or online.

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