According to this NYC billboard (paid for by a Texas-based pro-life group), the most dangerous place for an African American is in the womb. The billboard is located in walking distance to a Planned Parenthood location, an organization that is currently facing the very real prospect of defunding by the federal government. In addition to a number of other reproductive health services, Planned Parenthood does provide abortions, which is a sticking point for conservative and pro-lifers in Congress.
The placement of the billboard in NYC, is significant because according to a report released by the New York City Health Department in 2011, about 40 percent of pregnancies in NYC in 2009 ended in abortion. The report states that “for women under the age of 25, more pregnancies ended in induced termination (abortion) than live births or spontaneous termination (miscarriage).” Almost half of those abortions were from black women. Those are some truly shocking and sobering statistics.
Assuming those numbers are accurate, that’s a lot of irresponsible sex. Yes, non-consensual sex can certainly end in pregnancy and sometimes contraceptives do fail, but common sense tells you that most of those abortions were probably a result of unprotected sex.
We. Must. Do. Better.
Yet and still, is it appropriate for this pro-life group to put up a huge billboard in NYC with such a biting message? How do we address this issue? Even if you are pro-choice, do you think these statistics from the health department warrant concern? Where do we start?