According to legend and the coming Super Bowl ad, American Christian missionaries Bob and Pam Tebow landed on Philippine shores to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to the local heathen natives and indoctrinate them into the Christian faith; thus saving them from eternal damnation.
In 1987 a very pregnant Pam was diagnosed with dysentery and complications from a serious infection that threatened the life of her “unborn” child (their fifth). Concerned for the survival of the mother and predicting that her child would be stillborn, the local medical team strongly recommended that she immediately have an abortion.
Relying on prayer and her faith in God’s miracles, she defied her doctor’s advice and mere mortal mankind’s odds and soon after, on August 14 in nearby Makati City, she gave birth to a completely healthy boy.
What this ad is implying is that if you chose to defy the odds and your doctor’s orders to abort a child for the sake of saving the mother’s life, God will give you a miracle child that will grow up to be not only a messiah and preacher of the Christian faith, but a legendary Heisman Trophy-winning football player as well.
Where this little fairytale falls flat on its face is in the idea that the Tebows would have entrusted the health of Mrs. Tebow and her fifth child to a doctor who would recommend an abortion in the first place. To compound the contradictions, we’re led to believe that the missionary Tebows would trust her to the care of a physician who, though from an overwhelmingly Catholic nation, didn’t know that the Philippines had passed a very strict law way back 1930 prohibiting any type of abortion, even in the case of rape or the mother’s life being threatened.
Articles 256, 258 and 259 of the 1930 Revised Penal Code of the Philippines call for:
imprisonment for the woman who undergoes the abortion, as well as for any person who assists in the procedure, even if they be the woman's parents, a physician or midwife. Article 258 further imposes a higher prison term on the woman or her parents if the abortion is undertaken "in order to conceal [the woman's] dishonor." [emphasis added]
All attempts over the previous 56 years before Tebow’s birth to loosen those restrictions have failed, mostly because of the opposition of the strong and influential Catholic Church in the region.
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