NORMAN — A few years ago, around the time Tim Tebow burst upon the scene with his Heisman trophy and his refreshing piety, the genuflecting Florida Gator made headlines when he starred in a controversial commercial with his mother. Tebow’s mom had been urged to have a therapeutic abortion when she was pregnant with the future all-star, and had categorically refused. The commercial celebrated her “choice.”
Inspiring, right? Well, apparently not to those who lobbied to ban the spot from its Super Bowl slot. You’d have thought there was something shameful in the fact that a woman had made the courageous decision to bear her child, regardless of the possible repercussions to her own health. The fact that the baby had gone on to become an exceptional and accomplished human being was particularly galling to those who saw the commercial as a subliminal, anti-abortion hoorah. Unfortunately, society has devolved to the point where acknowledging the beauty of the choice to give, not end, life has become controversial.
No matter how you view the issue of abortion (and it’s no secret I agree with Mother Teresa that it’s the greatest moral evil of our time), there should be no hesitation to praise the accomplishments of those who survived that nihilistic threat that has become trivialized as “reproductive rights.” We should welcome the story of Tebow and his magnificent, stubborn mother. We should give great credit to Sarah Palin who made the “choice” to keep her son Trig even though she knew he’d be born with Down syndrome.
And, in Pennsylvania, we should take a moment to marvel at the exquisite young woman who is set to represent us in the Miss USA Pageant this year. Valerie Gatto is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, an active member of her church and community, a world traveler, a Pittsburgh Steelers fan (her one discernible flaw, as far as I can see) and an exceptionally beautiful creature. It wasn’t until she was crowned Miss Pennsylvania USA, though, that the rest of the world got a glimpse of how exceptional she really is.