Following much criticism and threats of protests, an anti-abortion billboard conveying that “The most dangerous place for African Americans is in the womb” has been removed from the New York building where it hung earlier this week.
“The billboard was offensive, especially during Black History Month, and I had intended to hold a press conference Friday in front of the billboard to protest the message of racial profiling and against a woman’s right to choose,” the Rev. Al Sharpton said.
Life Always, the anti-abortion group responsible for the ad, admitted to purposely targeting minority neighborhoods in hopes of raising public awareness.
The Rev. Derek McCoy, a board member of the organization, told AM New York, “We don’t think we’ve gone too far, and we do think it’s over the edge, but the city’s abortion rates have crossed the mark and are over the top,” he said.
It seems most who’ve seen the ad disagree with McCoy and do feel the ad went too far.
On social media sites, people of all demographics conveyed outrage because of the ad’s message and its tone.
One user posted,” STAY OUT OF MY UTERUS!!!”
Another seemed to take it in stride as just another attack on Black women.
“The hate crush on African American Women continues smh”
It was also described as “disrespectful.”
“I’m overly offended, by the anti-abortion ad…in SOHO…its abusive an one of the most disrespectful billboards of all time”
However, at least one woman interpreted it as a call to action.
“if these ad/bilboards denouncing abortion don’t shock you into doing something for women then you aren’t alive!”
If nothing else, few can argue that the ad caused a reaction and got people’s attention whether in a positive or negative way.
One Twitter user refrained from sharing an opinion, but posted, “I’m not sure if this abortion ad is smart, ballsy, offensive, true or what but you will definitely think about it…”
-Tracy L. Scott
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