Are Pro-Lifers Going Too Hard at Black Women About Abortion?

September 28, 2011  |  

If I say to you, “Black & Beautiful,” you would probably think of something empowering. But some pro-life organizations want you to think of abortion when you think of “Black & Beautiful”–and how wrong it is. A recent poster and billboard campaign uses the famous “Black & Beautiful” slogan next to the picture of a sleeping baby to show that a black child’s life is indeed beautiful, and shouldn’t be taken. But some are crying foul about the use of the phrase and the campaign as a whole. Not too long ago, pro-life group Life Always caught heat for the controversial billboard in New York that stated, “The Most Dangerous Place for an African American is in the Womb.” And many pro-life groups are known for using controversial tactics to push their message. According to Rev. Dr. Clenard H. Childress, founder of Genocide.org, campaigns like this work:

“We have to be creative in raising the consciousness of the community. Even from people who are outraged and embarrassed by some of these campaigns, it allows them to investigate the information to determine if it is valid. We are right now far better off from these campaigns in raising the consequences to the community than we have been at any time during this movement.”

But women like Monica Simpson, the development coordinator at Sister Song in Atlanta, say campaigns that target black people in general are done to make a mockery of the black woman, and this is NOT the way to get the word out about preventing pregnancy and abortions altogether:

“These billboards contain very negative propaganda that looks to shame black women—there is nothing beautiful about that. They have put black children’s faces on major billboards and it feels like they are shaming the black community and black women in particular, who also have the human right to make the decision on what to do with their bodies for themselves. If you believe black is beautiful, how can you do things like that?”

What do you think? By having billboards like the controversial “The Most Dangerous Place…” one and this current “Black & Beautiful,” are black women getting a bad rap? Or do we need a wake up call?

Read more about the campaign and people in the health community’s reaction at The Spiritual Herald.

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