Duke professor and pro-life advocate Amy Laura Hall calls into question Focus on the Family’s Super Bowl commercial in a blog post on Theolog. This commercial featured Florida Gators Heisman winning quarterback where his mother admits to ‘almost losing’ her baby. Dr. Hall says this presents the message that says, ‘Don’t get an abortion, and you, too, can have a son who will be spectacularly good at football!’
Dr. Hall is no pro-choice stalwart, and has argued against abortion, so let’s not rush to put labels on her that will call into question her faith (as alarming as it may seem to conservative evangelicals, one can be pro-life AND not like the commercial). Instead, she wants a full discussion about what adoption and child-rearing means. She writes:
We signed on for kids knowing that life wasn’t going to be a Super Bowl game. It was going to be many smaller games, games such as Pick Up The Toddler’s Cheerios, played again and again. These games don’t have corporate sponsors; my day as a mom doesn’t feature the Tide Terrific Battle. It is just me spraying blue jeans while reaching to get the phone before the babysitter hangs up. There are no cheerleaders standing on the sidelines shouting my name. The work is hard and blessed, difficult and joyful all jumbled together.
Please take a moment to read the full post and consider what she’s saying.
I myself am enjoying a game of count the ‘chickenpops’.