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Anti-Abortion Debate Hits Superbowl XXXSomething

On February 7th, over 100 million viewers in the US will sit down to watch the biggest event in the US sporting calendar – the Super Bowl. While we all might think it’s just rugby with more protective clothing and less fake blood scandals, the Americans take it pretty seriously. So seriously, in fact, that they orchestrate elaborate shows for half time, with cheerleaders and singers and accidental strip-shows from members of the Jackson family. As you can imagine, with all of those lovely viewers, advertising space is at a real premium, with 30second adverts costing as much as £3million.

However, this year, one advert in particular is causing a real storm – the ad (or ‘commercial’ as those other-side of the road, elevators and sidewalkers like to call them) is a short ad from the evangelical Christian organisation ‘Focus on the Family’, showing one of the teams’ star quarterback Tim Tebow and his mother Pam. The ad in particular focuses on Pam’s decision to ignore medical advice to have an abortion – stressing the anti-abortion message of the religious far right in America. Read the rest of this entry »

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If a coathanger was good enough for my grandmother, it’s good enough for you!

George Tiller, a high-profile abortion doctor was shot. Gingi Edmonds has been cheering for a return to the good-old-days of coathangers and gin.

Starbucks, McDonalds, Subway – undoubtedly, US culture is not shy of landing on our shores, strolling right up to us and asking if we’d care to replace our afternoon tea with an extra-skinny-mochafrippolatteflippin’cino.

However, for every square-jawed-sun-licked-white-toothed Adonis of the culture wars who catches us, swooning in their comforting, capitalist arms, there is a snaggle-toothed-wild-haired-stinking-clothed screaming lunatic, screaming from the street corner, who never quite made it into the Army of the American Dream, failing the interview on account of the fact that they held their gun backwards, pissed in their helmet and offered sexual favours in exchange for the general’s cigarettes.

These are aspects of US culture that quite thankfully remain locked to its shores. Here, for example, we have the occasional abortion debate when it appears in the commons, but in the US they have blooming television adverts about it!

You see? That foetus that was aborted by a school-age teenager had a future (just as the teenager very nearly didn’t).

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