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Abortion & The Super Bowl – Will Your Kids Be Watching?
The Super Bowl will be here in just a few weeks – grab the pizza, chicken wings, chips, veggies and dip – it is time for some family fun! Or is it?
If you live in certain television markets, you will be getting served a controversial ad during the Super Bowl aimed at, of all things, abortion. Yes, that is right; an ad will run during the biggest football game of the year intended to make you think about your opinion on abortion.
Not exactly the topic you planned to discuss with your kids during the big game, huh?
Yet, one little-known presidential candidate plans to make you tackle (pun intended) this topic regardless. Anti- abortion activist and hail mary candidate for the Democratic Party's nomination for President in 2012, Randall Terry has purchased time on February 5, during the Super Bowl, to show a 30 second anti-abortion commercial. The ad has a very brief warning before announcing “abortion is murder” and graphic images of fetuses, including a fetus’ arm lying on a dime, two fetuses curled up in a rosary, and other disturbing images. You can watch the ad on Terry’s campaign site (warning = graphic content is shown).
Regardless of whether you are pro- or anti-abortion, I find this type of ad to be inappropriate for this occasion. Arguably, one may find some of the other ads appearing during the Super Bowl a bit controversial (fake, big-breasted women in tiny bikinis, or representing good times through the consumption of mass quantities of beer). However, this is a game that is watched by millions of people from all different ages, religions, and backgrounds. Abortion is a critical issue, one that should be addressed by various candidates and the shocking photos shouldn't be hidden from those making their decision. However, let’s keep the topic to adult-only settings and use some common sense. A football game is not where children should hear (or see) about abortion.
How will you handle this controversial ad when it airs on February 5 during the Super Bowl?