Friday, February 25, 2011

Controversial Billboard in NYC, Declaring "Womb" the "Most Dangerous" Place for African Americans, Is Taken Down

UPI.com: NYC anti-abortion billboard taken down:

A New York billboard erected by an anti-abortion group that focused on high African-American abortion rates has been taken down, authorities said.

A spokesman for Lamar Advertising of Louisiana said it was taken down because of public safety concerns, CNN reported Friday. . . .

See also: Salon.com: New York City billboard likens abortion to black genocide, by Amy Steinberg:

"The most dangerous place for African Americans is in the womb"

A 4-story anti-abortion billboard in SoHo recently angered quite a few New Yorkers, sent shock waves throughout the country. The billboard -- which stands just a half-mile from one of the city's Planned Parenthood centers -- pictures an young African-American girl and bears the headline: "The most dangerous place for African Americans is in the womb."

The Texas-based anti-abortion group Life Always is behind the new campaign, which attempts to accuse Planned Parenthood of exploiting minority neighborhoods. On its website, Life Always cites recent data from the Census and Centers for Disease Control showing that African Americans constitute about 13 percent of the population, yet receive 36 percent of abortions.

Life Always board member and pastor Steve Broden says of the campaign, “During Black History Month, we celebrate our history, but our future is in jeopardy as a genocidal plot is carried out through abortion.” His fellow board member Reverend Derek McCoy also backs his groups efforts by claming that the billboard "highlights the tragedy that abortion is the number one killer since 1973 in the black community, and the truth that we must confront in a city with a near 60 percent abortion rate for black women." . . .

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