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Pro-Choice Groups Look To Profit From Tim Tebow's Popularity

DENVER (CBS4) – Pro-choice groups are looking to cash in on Denver Broncos quarterback and anti-abortion activist Tim Tebow.

A post from a pro-choice blogger on Tuesday has advocated a fundraising effort by requesting people donate $10 to pro-choice causes for every time the Denver Broncos quarterback scores a touchdown against the New England Patriots on Sunday. The effort has made its way to Twitter, the meme "#10forTebow" becoming the latest Tebow-related social media craze.

The 485-word blog post advocating the Tebow TD-for-pro-choice donation plan was written by Sophia Brugato. She describes herself on her Twitter account as a sociology student and single mother, as well as a writer and editor for several websites, including Abortion Gang, the site in which she wrote the much talked about Tebow post. Brugato reportedly got the idea after seeing a Twitpic featuring Tebow doing the action of "Tebowing," in which the Broncos quarterback gets down on one knee and begins to pray.

"Yeah, he's that damn good," Brugato wrote. "But it always feels a bit, well, wrong. How can I support a guy that's openly anti-choice?"

Brugato is referring to the former Heisman Trophy winner's pro-life stance, one he made emphatically clear in a 2010 Super Bowl commercial he did with his mother for Focus On The Family, a global Christian ministry.

"I call him my miracle baby," Tebow's mother said in the ad. "He almost didn't make it into this world. I remember so many times when I almost lost him. It was so hard."

The 10 For Tebow comes as Tebow's Broncos play Tom Brady and the Patriots, a game that many pundits believe is the team's biggest challenge since Tebow took over the starting job earlier in the season. In 11 games played, Tebow has scored 14 touchdowns – 11 passing and three rushing – which would have amounted to as much as $140 in a single person's donations to pro-choice causes if the 10 For Tebow campaign had been going on for the course of the season.

"I don't know if people are going to donate," Brugato told the New York Daily News. She has indicated that she will donate to Network For Reproductive Options, an Oregon-based nonprofit that assists less fortunate women in obtaining abortions. "I certainly hope so. It could do good for a lot of women's groups. Even as much as $10 is going to help."

Messages left by CBS Denver to Brugato and Tebow's representatives were not immediately returned.

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