If you have been on Antarctica and somehow missed the controversy over the Focus on the Family anti-choice ad during the Super Bowl I will bring you up to date.
Some housekeeping first. To anti-choice and religious right folks:
I am not interested in what you has to say about this post, so save your breath. I will delete your comments. There is no debate about a woman’s right to a safe legal abortion: it is legal and it is HER choice, not yours.
CBS has the contract this year to air the SuperBowl. In the past when it was their turn to be the SuperBowl network, they refused ads by MoveOn that were critical of the first Bush “president”. They refused ads in the past and also this year about Gay and Lesbian dating. Their reason was that they do not run political or advocacy ads. That’s fine with me. As far as that statement goes.
However, this year they accepted an ad from the religious right from a group called Focus on Family and it is an anti-choice ad.
What was that CBS said about not accepting advocacy or political ads? Thou speakest with forked tongue, CBS.
And so some pissed off grannies made a funny, but truthful vidoe about CBS here it is. And below it is my letter to Cecile Richards , President of Planned Parenthood. They are running a soft (weak) ad that does nothing more than evade the issue, and seeminlgy support the Focus on Family.
So enjoy the video, and then keep reading.
Dear Ms. Richards,
PP has done it again. Taken a weak and middle of the road stand on an important issue.
There are three fundamental issues regarding CBS and this ad:
1. CBS has turned down ads from left leaning groups like MoveOn as well as ads about Gay and Lesbian life choices. They stated they do not run advocacy or political ads during the SuperBowl, yet they accepted the Focus on the Family anti-choice ad. This is censorship and manipulation of the message.
2. CBS has a history of being arch –conservative ( remember the Smother’s Brothers and other censorship?).
3. Access to abortion is the law of the land, and the majority of our population is Pro-Choice.
By failing to even use the word abortion, and by addressing MS Tebow as “MRS” you again weaken the message about women, abortion rights and the role of television in our lives. You had a chance to take a strong stand, you failed me, and all of the women and girls that depend on you and your voice.
The religious right has again co-opted the media, and PP has again gone along with them. The video by two seemingly Pro-Choice athletes is equally as weak. What are they saying? Are they saying that we must protect the reproductive rights of women and girls? Maybe I was able to ferret that out , but the masses will see two more athletes speaking in vague terms.
Will you soon have Sarah Palin as your spokesperson?
During the fight for the clinic door in the summer of 1992 in California, I was a media spokesperson, and activist with the BayAreaCoalition for Our Reproductive Rights. Time and again when faced with the opposition Planned Parenthood clinics knuckled under and closed for the day thereby aiding and abetting the bullies that had their goal of stopping women from access to safe legal abortions. And your m.o. has not changed.
I have sent money in the past to help keep the fights going, and to help keep abortion procedures as part of the Obama health care plan. I did this only to help the greater good.
But you, Planned Parenthood continue to let women down with your pandering to the religious right. You should be ashamed and I will not send you any more money.
Stand up and be a woman, Ms. Richards,
Susan A. Fogel