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Should CBS show Super Bowl ad featuring Tim Tebow and his mother?

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AP_NY151_TEBOW_SUPER_BOWL_A Former University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow is in Mobile, Ala.,  preparing for Saturday's Senior Bowl, but the hot topic surrounding him is the ad Tebow will appear in during the Feb. 7 Super Bowl.

The ad is being paid for by a group called Focus on the Family, and will star Tebow and his mother, who went against doctor’s advice and decided to keep Tim despite medical risks.

A national coalition of women's groups called on CBS on Monday to scrap its plan to broadcast the ad, which critics say is likely to convey an anti-abortion message

"An ad that uses sports to divide rather than to unite has no place in the biggest national sports event of the year - an event designed to bring Americans together," said Jehmu Greene, president of the New York-based Women's Media Center.

CBS said it has approved the script for the 30-second ad and has given no indication that the protest would have an impact. A network spokesman, Dana McClintock, said CBS would ensure that any issue-oriented ad was "appropriate for air."

Tebow's response to the uproar: "I know some people won't agree with it, but I think they can at least respect that I stand up for what I believe. I've always been very convicted of it (his views on abortion) because that's the reason I'm here, because my mom was a very courageous woman. So any way that I could help, I would do it."

We haven't seen the ad -- but will share it once we do -- but we'd like to know what you think. Should  CBS broadcast the ad or is it too controversial?

No, contentious advocacy ads should not be allowed during the Super Bowl.
Not sure, I would need to see the ad first.
Yes, if Focus on the Family is willing to pay for the ad, Tebow should be able to express his views.

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