The whole Superbowl "Tim Tebow Was Almost Aborted By His Mother" story that's been warming the hearts (and opening the checkbooks?) of the crazy right-wing anti-abortion crowd in this country should more properly be entitled "Balloon Boy, Chapter 2."
Serious questions are being raised by various pro-choice groups about Pam Tebow's sudden money-making decision to present herself nationally as an example of the reason why nobody should ever have abortion. Her son Tim, who she claims she almost aborted, is big news: Heisman Trophy football player getting lots of press. His parents, Bob and Pam Tebow are evangelistic "christians" who are all over the Phillipines trying to convert people to their religion, housing orphaned children in a place they have unfortunately named "Uncle Dick's House."
If you read the insipid biographies of the entire family, the dad Bob has been part of the crazy-right Christians (an organizer of Campus Crusade for Christ decades ago) his entire adult life. He and the Mrs., the almost-baby-killer Pam, married when she was right out of college, have been married about 40 years.
Here's the Balloon Boy story. According to the almost-baby-killer Pam, in 1987, when she and her husband had been married for over 20 years, strongly "christian," they spent time in the Phillipines. She got pregnant with Heisman Tim, but was sick at the same time with dyssentery, and her doctor told her she might want to have an abortion because the drugs she took to stop the dyssentery might affect the pregnancy.
Now Heisman Tim is going to the SuperBowl. And after he became famous and nationally known, the almost-baby-killer Pam suddenly remembered that she had almost had an abortion, in which case who knows who would be playing in his spot at the Superbowl. I wonder why she never mentioned this before Heisman Tim got famous? I wonder how much money she and her "christian" husband are getting off of her new-found fame as a spokesperson/confessor.
I know Focus on the Family is making a ton of money off of almost-baby-killer Pam. They paid over Two Million to buy airtime during the Superbowl for an advertisement during which Heisman Tim and almost-baby-killer-Pam will confess to the world that Pam almost killed Tim when he was still a fetus. I'm wondering if Tim fumbles a lot, will they pull the ad, worried that the drunken fans at home will be yelling at the screens: She Should Have Aborted The Lousy Bum!
Focus on the Family is planning to make lots of money off of this ad, and the pre-game hoopla. How much money is almost-baby-killer Pam getting out of this whole sordid public "confession?"
Here are some of the obvious problems with Pam's sudden claims about her near-miss at becoming a baby-killer. First, by 1987, when she says this almost happened, she and her husband had been making their entire living off of the whole Reagan-inspired christian-right insanity in this country. If she believes their religious views, then she wouldn't have even considered an abortion. Second, abortion has been illegal in the Phillipines since 1870, subject to prison time, so why would a Philippine doctor tell the conquering white lady to do something that would land him in prison? Third, even if she had dyssentery, there is no evidence whatsoever that the treatment for that would likely harm a fetus. So the whole story is very suspicious.
And the fact that almost-baby-killer Pam and Focus on the Family are both apparently making tons of money off this story is making a lot of people think that Pam's "recollection" is inaccurate. Maybe she's been sucking down too much wine with the wafers during the services.
Money and religion, what a nasty combination.