A billboard in lower Manhattan targeting blacks is raising eyebrows, reports Gothamist.com.
The anti-abortion group Life Always paid for the ad, which reads, "The most dangerous place for an African American is in the womb."
"During Black History Month, we celebrate our history, but our future is in jeopardy as a genocidal plot is carried out through abortion," says Life Always Board Member Pastor Stephen Broden.
City Council Member Letitia James is speaking out against the billboard. "It is misguided to use Black History Month as a tool to promote this message," says James. "Every woman has the right to make personal choices in regards to her body, and I respect many different points of view, but to compare abortion to terrorism and genocide is highly offensive."
In a statement, Planned Parenthood called the billboard "a reprehensible tactic. Planned Parenthood knows that every woman, of every background, takes her health decisions seriously and makes deeply personal decisions after consulting with her doctor and with loved ones she trusts."
The NYC Heath Department reports blacks had the highest number of abortions in 2009, with 40,798 -- a statistic to be the focus of the Life Always campaign. "NYC's abortion rate was almost 40% that year, and the three Planned Parenthood facilities nearest the billboard reported nearly 17,000 abortions in 2010," reports Gothamist.com.