Pam Tebow's Awful Logic

One problem with Tim and Pam Tebow commercializing their narrative of life is that it assumes what's true for them, is true for everyone. From Will Saletan:

Pam's story certainly is moving. But as a guide to making abortion decisions, it's misleading. Doctors are right to worry about continuing pregnancies like hers. Placental abruption has killed thousands of women and fetuses. No doubt some of these women trusted in God and said no to abortion, as she did. But they didn't end up with Heisman-winning sons. They ended up dead.

Being dead is just the first problem with dying in pregnancy. Another problem is that the fetus you were trying to save dies with you. A third problem is that your existing kids lose their mother. A fourth problem is that if you had aborted the pregnancy, you might have gotten pregnant again and brought a new baby into the world, but now you can't. And now the Tebows have exposed a fifth problem: You can't make a TV ad.

It's amazingly stupid when you think about it. It's like a firefighter who runs into a burning house, against the orders of his superiors, saves baby and then concludes that all other firefighters should do the same. I'm not opposed to Pam Tebow concluding that God blessed her. I'm against the notion that other young women should conclude that God will bless them too.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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