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(Oakland Tribune) — The abortion rate in the African-American community is several times higher than any other group, but community members and health providers say a recent anti-abortion billboard campaign in Oakland is misguided and simplistic. The billboards, financed and distributed by the anti-abortion organization Issues4Life have prompted outrage among abortion rights groups and women’s health care organizations who say the ads are inflammatory, racist and demeaning. But Walter Hoye, who directs the group, says the billboards are a way of bringing attention to what he has described as an abortion-created “genocide” in the African-American community. Nationwide, African-American women receive approximately five times as many abortions as white women, according to U.S government statistics collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those numbers hold true across all income levels. In 2006, the CDC recorded 45.9 abortions per 100 births among African-American women, versus 16.2 for white women.
(Time) — The rate of abortion among American women has dropped overall, but not among the poorest women, according to study published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology by the Guttmacher Institute. Between 2000 and 2008, abortions among American women aged 15 to 44 fell 8%, reaching a low of 19.6 abortions per 1,000 women. The decline applied to most groups: notably, the abortion rate declined 18% among African American women over that time period and 22% among teens aged 15 to 17. However, women living in profound poverty were the one exception. Women whose incomes fell below the federal poverty level ($10,830 for a single woman with no children) accounted for 42% of all abortions in 2008. Between 2000 and 2008, the abortion rate among the lowest-income women climbed from 44 to 53 abortions per 1,000 women — an increase of 18% overall.
(Reuters) — Outraged that her daughter’s picture was plastered on anti-abortion billboards without her consent, a New Jersey woman is suing the group that organized the campaign. The billboards featured a larger-than-life picture of Anissa Fraser, an African-American child who was then 4, and the words: “The most dangerous place for an African American is in the womb.” They also featured the Web address Thatsabortion.com. The images were posted at the entrance to the Holland Tunnel in lower Manhattan and on Beach Boulevard in Jacksonville, Fla., in February 2011 and October 2010, respectively, the suit says. In the complaint, filed Tuesday in New York Supreme Court, Anissa’s mother Tricia Fraser said she was never warned about the controversial ads or the websites where her daughter’s picture also appeared. The child’s visage became part of a “racist, controversial advertising campaign” organized by defendant Life Always and its affiliate Majella Cares, doing business as Heroic Media, the suit says.
By Charlotte Young
Britney Monroe says she was “in the hood” of her native Chicago when she looked up and saw it. There, in bold letters, she saw for the first time the billboard that had gotten so much media attention: “The Most Dangerous Place for an African American Child is in the Womb.”
“I had mixed feelings,” she said. “The billboards made their point, but they went about it the wrong way. I don’t think it was the most politically correct way. I don’t think it should have been as specific as far as race.”
The recent torrent of anti-abortion messages plastered on billboards in major cities nationwide has re-ignited the ongoing debate about abortion. This time, the billboards incorporated the extra element of race which makes unsuspecting passerbyers like Monroe ask, why target the African American community?
Life Always is the group responsible for the aforementioned billboard being placed in Soho, New York and in Chicago, Ill. The organization placed over 30 billboards in Chicago that featured a graphic of President Barack Obama and a message that stated, “every 21 minutes, our next possible leader is aborted.”
According to Life Always’ website, “an African American baby is three times more likely to be aborted and more African American babies have been killed by abortions since 1973 than the total number of African American deaths from AIDS, violent crimes, accidents, cancer and heart disease combined.”
“The aim of Life Always is to use media to share research and confrontational truth to empower individuals to choose life even when it’s challenging,” says Marissa Gabrysch, spokesperson from Life Always. “Our messages aim to incite people to take action in support of life.”
Though not responsible for the billboards, Rev. Clenard Howard Childress, Jr., founder of Black Genocide, says that he’s been preaching the same thing for seven years. “The billboards are an understatement,” he said. “There’s nothing as decimating as abortion in the African American community.”
Childress says the issue of abortion is something that black politicians will not discuss, which, he describes as, a “gross negligence of our leadership.”
“We have to begin to address this,” he said. “If abortion was not lucrative, it would not be legal. Many groups are paid not to talk it.”
(Color Lines) — Just over a year ago, in February 2010, Ryan Bomberger’s impassioned campaign to convince black people that abortion is genocide burst into mainstream view. Bomberger’s Radiance Foundation, a Georgia-based anti-abortion group, placed dozens of billboards around Atlanta in coordination with black history month, touching off a media firestorm. “Black children are an endangered species,” said the billboards, of which there are now at least 170 in at least five cities and states.
“I’m an adoptee and adoptive father who has worked in the urban community most of my adult life,” says Bomberger, who is black. “I mourn the loss of beautiful possibility, not only in the unborn children who are unjustly killed, but the would-be mothers and fathers who are propagandized to believe that abortion solves any of the issues we face as a society.”
In the year since the Radiance Foundation campaign began, the abortion-as-black-genocide meme has spread widely. As the House voted to defund Planned Parenthood last month, Georgia Republican Paul Broun lectured on the floor about eugenics. Last week, the group Life Always sparked outrage with a billboard in lower Manhattan that declared, “The most dangerous place for an African-American is the womb.” FOX News shows have been abuzz with talk about high abortion rates in urban centers and among black women. Suddenly, the right is terribly concerned with the well-being of black babies.