Focus on the Family will air a 30 second anti-choice ad featuring University of Florida football star Tim Tebow during the Superbowl. The ad will feature the story of how Tebow's mother chose against having an abortion during her complicated pregnancy contrary to her doctors advice, according to All Headline News.
The New York Times has stated that selling "issue ads" during the Superbowl is unprecedented. Previously, CBS has rejected requests for similar ads.
The ad will cost approximately $2.8 million. According to the New York Daily News, the funding came from "very generous and committed friends." However, Focus on the Family has shown signs of severe financial pressure for years. Focus on the Family has laid off staff a total of 6 times since 2005 and most recently laid off nearly 8 percent of staff in September 2009. The organization was also dealt a blow last week when founder James Dobson, who hosts a daily radio show with 1.5 million listeners, announced that he will leave the organization to start both a new organization and a new radio show, to be called "James Dobson on the Family," reported the New York Times.
Media Resources: All Headline News 1/17/10; New York Times 1/17/10, 1/20/10; Denver Post 9/2/09; New York Daily News 1/19/10
11/20/2014 Federal Appeals Court Rejects Priests for Life Challenge to Birth Control Coverage Rule - In a victory for women's health, a unanimous panel of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Friday rejected a challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive coverage benefit brought by Priests for Life, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington and other religiously affiliated non-profit organizations.
Judge Nina Pillard, a former law professor who was nominated to the DC Circuit by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate in December, wrote the opinion for the Court, which found that the ACA birth control benefit did not substantially burden or violate non-profits' religious freedom.
Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies must cover the full cost of all FDA-approved contraceptives - including the pill, IUDs, and emergency contraception - without requiring co-pays or cost-sharing. . . .