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
10/31/2014 Federal Judge Exempts Another Catholic University from Birth Control Coverage - A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Ave Maria University, a Catholic university in Florida, does not have to comply with federal rules meant to ensure that covered employees can exercise their right to obtain birth control at no cost.
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10/31/2014 Women of Color in Tennessee Are United in Opposition to Amendment 1 - Just days before the general election in Tennessee, a coalition of community leaders, clergy, and advocates led a press conference encouraging women of color to vote no on Amendment 1, a dangerous and far-reaching measure on the state's ballot.
SisterReach, a grassroots organization focused on "empowering, organizing, and mobilizing women and girls in the community around their reproductive and sexual health to make informed decisions about themselves," organized the press conference "to call attention to the unique concerns Black and poor communities throughout Shelby County and across the state of Tennessee face on a daily basis" and to emphasize how the upcoming election "could further limit [black women's] reproductive, economic, political, and social autonomy."
"We assemble today to impress upon black women and women of color, many of whom are heads of households, to get out and vote," said SisterReacher Founder and CEO Cherisse Scott at the event.
SisterReach has been educating voters about the particularly dangerous impact of Amendment 1 on women of color. . . .
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The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, together with a local abortion clinic in Tulsa, challenged HB 2684 in September, arguing that the law was an unconstitutional restriction on non-surgical abortion in the earliest weeks of pregnancy. . . .