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Anti-Abortion Billboard Sparks Controversy

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A billboard in lower Manhattan targeting blacks is raising eyebrows, reports Gothamist.com.

Anti Abortion Billboard

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.


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anna February 24, 2011, 10:18 AM

That is the most idiotic and ridiculous thing I’ve seen. Shows the “intelligence” of the entire movement. I’m sure all those “pro-lifers” are lined up to adopt all those black babies - NOT

Mig February 26, 2011, 8:49 AM

Anna, they don’t have to adopt them to say that it’s wrong. We don’t kill innocent human beings for the reasons given for abortion. Blacks are being targeted by planned parenthood because that was Sanger’s rationale in the beginning. She was a racist who thought we needed less black people in America. The most dangerous place for an African American is indeed in the womb. That’s where so many of them are dismembered or burned with saline. It’s barbaric, really. I couldn’t imagine pulling the fins off of a goldfish swimming around in a fish tank, or the arms and legs off of a newborn kitten, yet it’s legal for an abortion doctor to pull the arms and legs off of a baby in the womb (after which he’ll reassemble them on the table to make sure he got the entire baby out). Of course, the worst is where the baby is almost entirely born and then the doctor stabs it at the base of the skull, with scissors, and cuts the spinal cord, then births the baby the rest of the way. :P Barbaric.
And there are waiting lists for baby adoptions….even for crack babies, and disabled ones, btw.

Mig February 26, 2011, 8:52 AM

D’oh, changed the animal I was using for an example to a kitten but didn’t remember to change the arms part….yes, i know kittens don’t have arms :) Please read *legs* where it says *arms and legs.*

Alexis February 28, 2011, 8:18 AM

Mig - Please, blacks are not being “targeted” people who want abortions have them - PERIOD. And Anna is 100%, anti-choicers LOVE to talk the talk, but the NEVER walk the walk. so until you’re willing to stop having children and commit to adopting all unwanted, ill, handicapped children AND financially support the mother during her pregnancy AND recovery personally you need to keep your opinions regarding abortion to yourself. AND if there were all these “waitint” lists for sick crack babies they wouldn’t wind up in orphanages and foster care their entire lives. Please, fact check.

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