Abortion Billboard Targeting Blacks To Be Removed

February 25, 2011  |  

(CNN International) — A New York billboard that focused exclusively on African-American abortion rates was taken down because of concerns for public safety, said Hal Kilshaw, spokesperson for Louisiana-based Lamar Advertising, on Thursday. The billboard was erected by group opposed to abortions.

The billboard was attached to a building that houses the restaurant Lupe’s Kitchen. Some of the wait staff, Kilshaw said, were being harassed by patrons who objected to the billboard. In addition, a scheduled protest Friday by people opposed to the billboard prompted public safety concerns, which led to the company’s decision.  Kilshaw said the controversy surrounding the billboard did not factor into the company’s decision to take it down.

“We accepted the copy in accordance with our policy,” Kilshaw said. “We believe in people’s right to advertise, [we] thought it [the copy] was OK, [and] we stand behind that decision,” Kilshaw said.

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