Over 1,000 come to hear Pam Tebow speak on abortion issue

More than a thousand people showed up Tuesday night in Macon to hear Pam Tebow’s story about choosing to give birth to her son, Tim, rather than have an abortion.

Tim Tebow grew up to be the starting quarterback for the Florida Gators, winning a Heisman Trophy and numerous other honors during that time.

His mother’s message at Tuesday’s Sav-A-Life fundraiser banquet at Macon City Auditorium: By keeping her faith, she had her son despite warnings from her physician.

“God was so gracious,” she said. “I didn’t have to give up my life, and he didn’t take the life of my son.”

Much of the message was similar to one the Tebows delivered during a commercial that aired during the Super Bowl last month. During her speech, Pam Tebow said the commercial has had a huge impact on people, many of whom have reconsidered their choice about abortion because of the ad.

Pam Tebow and her husband, Bob, have performed missionary work in the Philippines. During one of her trips there, she became ill while pregnant with Tim and was advised by her doctor to have an abortion. But Pam Tebow said she decided to have the baby despite the medical advice.

She also told people how important she thinks it is to have faith in God and for people to help other people as God’s servants.

Bobby George of Macon attended the speech with his wife, Tee. It was the first time the Georges ever attended a Sav-A-Life event, and they said they attended because of Pam Tebow.

“I’m a real big fan of Pam Tebow and what she stand for,” Bobby George said. “People do have a choice, but they should consider life. You don’t know how many future presidents, lawyers, doctors, teachers have been lost because of some decision that was made. Tim Tebow is the perfect example of that. He’s one of the greatest athletes ever to play college football.”

George said he accepted a woman’s right to choose abortion in cases of rape, incest or when the mother’s life in danger. Otherwise, he said, he would hope a woman would choose life.

“Beyond that, there are too many agencies that allow for adoption,” he said.

Steve Foxworth, executive director of Sav-A-Life Macon, told the crowd that 1,908 women visited the local center for counseling and other services in 2009.

Katharyn Richt, wife of University of Georgia head football coach Mark Richt, was a surprise guest at the banquet and gave a blessing before Pam Tebow, joking with the audience that “I’m thankful for many things. I’m most thankful that Tim Tebow is graduating.”

Richt said her husband met Tebow’s parents when Richt was recruiting their son a few years ago, speaking very highly of the family.

Richt said she came to Macon specifically to meet Pam Tebow and hear her speech.

“It’s quite an event here,” Richt said. “The support is tremendous.”

To contact writer Phillip Ramati, call 744-4334.