Football, Family and Choice

A great ad to balance the Tim Tebow spot:

This won’t actually be airing during the Superbowl, so spread it around. Thank you, Sean James and Al Joyner, for speaking out.

Transcript and a statement by Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, are below the fold.

TRANSCRIPT:

Sean James: I’m Sean James I’m a former college and professional football player
Al Joiner: I’m Al Joyner I won the Olympic Gold medal in the Triple Jump
SJ: I love my family and I love sports.
AJ: And Superbowl weekend is a perfect time to honor both – sports and family.
SJ: There’s a lot of talk leading up to this Superbowl, about an ad focused on sports and family. The ad features a great football player, Tim Tebow, and his loving mother, discussing a difficult medical decision she made for her family.
I respect and honor Mrs Tebow’s decision.
AK: I want my daughter to live in a world where everyone’s decisions are respected.
SJ: My Mom showed me that women are strong and wise. She taught me that only women can make the best decisions about their health and their future.
AJ: My daughter will always be my little girl, but I’m proud every day as I watch her grow up to be her own person, a smart confident young woman. I trust her to take care of herself.
SJ: We’re working toward the day where every woman will be valued, where every woman’s decision about her health and her family will be respected.
AJ: We celebrate families by supporting our mothers, by supporting our daughters, by trusting women.

Statement by Cecile Richards:

“Planned Parenthood respects the ability of every woman to make important personal medical decisions for herself and her family, including the decision by Pam Tebow more than 20 years ago to carry her high-risk pregnancy to term and deliver her son Tim. The Tebows’ story is compelling, and central to it is the fact that we must respect the ability of every woman to make important medical decisions for herself and her family, after receiving counsel from medical professionals, religious leaders, family members, or others she trusts.

“The Tebow story underlines what Planned Parenthood has learned from the millions of women doctors and nurses at its health centers have cared for over nearly a century. Women take decisions about their health very seriously. They consider their doctors’ advice, they talk with their loved ones and people they trust, including religious leaders, and they carefully weigh all considerations before making the best decision for themselves and their families. This is true whether it’s a decision about their choice of contraception, specific medical treatments for illnesses like cancer, challenges related to medically complex pregnancies, or any other important health care issue they are considering.

“If Focus on the Family, the sponsor of the ad about the Tebow family, has its way, millions of women would no longer be able to make important personal medical decisions for themselves and their families when it comes to abortion. Focus on the Family’s long-stated goal is to outlaw abortion except in rare cases when the woman’s life is severely at risk. This is an extreme position, which would rob every woman of the ability to make important personal medical decisions for herself and her family.

“In addition to opposing a woman’s ability to make important medical decisions for herself, Focus on the Family also opposes commonsense comprehensive sex education and life-saving stem cell research. The agenda of this organization is far outside the mainstream of American life.

“Planned Parenthood urges all Americans to ponder the true meaning of the Tebow family’s experience — one in which a woman was presented with medical and moral considerations and made a deeply personal decision in private without government interference. That is exactly what we want every woman to be able to do when she must make important and highly personal medical decisions.”


Similar Posts (automatically generated):

About Jill

Jill began blogging for Feministe in 2005. She has since written as a weekly columnist for the Guardian newspaper and in April 2014 she was appointed as senior political writer for Cosmopolitan magazine.
This entry was posted in Advertising, Celebrity, Reproductive Rights, Sports and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

19 Responses to Football, Family and Choice

  1. bleh says:

    awesomeness!

  2. Q Grrl says:

    oh, that made my day!

  3. Lucy Gillam says:

    Wow, that’s…seriously pretty awesome.

  4. Jeremy says:

    This video is all sorts of dope. I especially appreciate the fact that it’s two men–not to support the dominance of patriarchy or anything like that, but just because debates over this issue typically feature women speaking out for the pro-choice side (and rightfully so). It’s refreshing, and important, to feature male support for this issue as well.

  5. scribe says:

    Here’s a quick transcript – hope the formatting works out

    I’m Sean James I’m a former college and professional football player
    I’m Al Joyner I won the Olympic Gold medal in the Triple Jump
    I love my family and I love sports.
    And Superbowl weekend is a perfect time to honor both – sports and family.
    There’s a lot of talk leading up to this Superbowl, about an ad focused on sports and family. The ad features a great football player, Tim Tebow, and his loving mother, discussing a difficult medical decision she made for her family.
    I respect and honor Mrs Tebow’s decision.

    I want my daughter to live in a world where everyone’s decisions are respected.
    My Mom showed me that women are strong and wise. She taught me that only women can make the best decisions about their health and their future.
    My daughter will always be my little girl, but I’m proud every day as I watch her grow up to be her own person, a smart confident young woman. I trust her to take care of herself.
    We’re working toward the day where every woman will be valued, where every woman’s decision about her health and her family will be respected.
    We celebrate families by supporting our mothers, by supporting our daughters, by trusting women.

  6. scribe says:

    Ok, so I managed to italicise all of the text, instead of just Sean James’ dialogue. (I was aiming for italics vs non-italics to differentiate) Woops!

    Here’s the text again but with who’s saying what:

    If someone can format this better, please do! Thanks and sorry for the double post

    SJ: I’m Sean James I’m a former college and professional football player
    AJ: I’m Al Joyner I won the Olympic Gold medal in the Triple Jump
    SJ: I love my family and I love sports.
    AJ: And Superbowl weekend is a perfect time to honor both – sports and family.
    SJ: There’s a lot of talk leading up to this Superbowl, about an ad focused on sports and family. The ad features a great football player, Tim Tebow, and his loving mother, discussing a difficult medical decision she made for her family.
    I respect and honor Mrs Tebow’s decision.
    AK: I want my daughter to live in a world where everyone’s decisions are respected.
    SJ: My Mom showed me that women are strong and wise. She taught me that only women can make the best decisions about their health and their future.
    AJ: My daughter will always be my little girl, but I’m proud every day as I watch her grow up to be her own person, a smart confident young woman. I trust her to take care of herself.
    SJ: We’re working toward the day where every woman will be valued, where every woman’s decision about her health and her family will be respected.
    AJ: We celebrate families by supporting our mothers, by supporting our daughters, by trusting women.

  7. Niki says:

    I can’t watch the video right now but I’m going to echo Jeremy’s statement: it’s really important to have male allies voicing the importance of choice. I think the fact that these men are athletes, and therefore fit in with the real “man’s man” jockish type, further helps that point too, especially since this all revolves around a Superbowl ad; as in, “look, these awesome rugged, tough jocks believe in a woman’s right to dictate what happens with her body!” It undermines the (false) concept of women’s rights being “emasculating.”

    The pro-choice message is one that is, and should be, owned and dominated by women, but we can never de-value the importance of having men on our side. We always say “Women make up half of the world!”; but men make up the other half. They are important and valuable allies.

  8. Niki says:

    Now that I’ve read the transcript (thanks scribe!) I’m going to reaffirm my statement above that I think this is a great and important ad, considering who’s in it. However, I really really wished they had actually said the word “abortion” or even just “reproductive choices,” and made a point to explain exactly what “choices” they’re referring to; this is kinda ambiguous otherwise, if you were watching it and didn’t know what the ad they’re basing it on is promoting.

  9. Leigh says:

    Rad. That was just the pick-me-up I needed today.

  10. Angel H. says:

    Thank you for printing something warm and fuzzy on a cold winter’s day!

  11. Andrea says:

    And for a moment, things seem right in the world.

  12. PixelFish says:

    Oh, hey, I suggest going to Sean James’ site and leaving a note mentioning how awesome you think this ad is. (I say this because I already saw the link up on anti-choice sites, with people telling other folks to protest James and his abortion stance. They had linked both his site and Al Joyner’s but I couldn’t use Joyner’s form. It might already be down.)

    http://seanlewisjames.com/

  13. Andrea says:

    Good call, PixelFish. My message is sent!

  14. Angel H. says:

    Thanks for the link, PixelFish! I sent a thank-you message, also.

  15. RD says:

    I sent a thank you too. :)

  16. Kathleen says:

    Oh my gosh. I actually got teary watching this! Thanks PixelFish for the link — I wrote, too! You really do feel gratitude for this kind of solidarity.

  17. lauram says:

    Just sent PP $75 because of this ad. Thank you Mr. James and Mr. Joyner and PP.

  18. goldnsilver says:

    That is a brilliant add. It’s good to see respect for everyone emphasised.

Comments are closed.