Anti-abortion group targets black women with billboards

An anti-abortion group targeting African-American women has begun putting up dozens of billboards around metro Atlanta, declaring black children to be “an endangered species.”

This is what they look like:

blackabort

Ryan Bomberger, co-founder of the Radiance Foundation, said 35 should be up by Feb. 15. “We’re aiming for a lot more, but that’s where we’re at,” Bomberger said.

The billboards were announced at a state Capitol news conference at which another group, Georgia Right to Life, announced that it would back legislation this session that would make it a crime to “solicit a woman to have an abortion based on the race or sex of the unborn child.”

The two groups are citing what they say are federal statistics that indicate 56 percent of abortions in Georgia are performed on African-American women, though black make up 30 percent of the general population.

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d.

February 4th, 2010
1:08 pm

I am against Abortion, but this is not going to help. I know that these groups are trying to get the point across, but I am really unsure on this one.

Charles

February 4th, 2010
1:17 pm

“Targeting?” It is the abortion industry that targets black women. The institution that became Planned Parenthood began as Margaret Sanger’s Negro Project – which cautioned its followers, “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population.”

Abortion is the leading cause of death of black children. I think it therefore completely appropriate to reach out to black mothers and let them know that they too deserve better than abortion.

thinking woman

February 4th, 2010
1:19 pm

Fear and guilt compound problems, they don’t lead to solutions. The Radiance Foundation has the *right* to spend their money as they *choose*, but if they really cared about pregnant black women who are considering this option, they could spend it more effectively, IMO.

Thinking Man

February 4th, 2010
1:27 pm

Being Pro-Choice, I take offense. It’s a woman’s body, let her do as she see sees fit. If this foundation wants to pay and care for all of these children, let them. It’s the most difficult decision a woman will ever make and she should be allowed to do so freely and safely.

Bill Orvis White

February 4th, 2010
1:33 pm

I applaud any organization that fights for the unborn and innocent. Just like Operation Rescue, the Radiance Foundation is well within its rights to do this campaign. If we brought back a culture of life to this once-free nation, we will see return to the values that made it great. If we overturn Roe v. Wade, strengthen our military by going back to the pre-Clintonian Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell days, returned to market-based principles and threw out unnecessary environmental regulation, we could become number one again.

Unfortunately, we are weak by appeasing terrorists and dictators, punishing big and small businesses, and taxing and regulating like drunken sailors. It’s no wonder we have the problems that we have today.

Let’s take this once-free nation back from the far leftists who have destroyed it. All we need to do is get legal citizens to the polls in November to unravel the damage that Hussein Nobama and his band of Secular Progressive thieves have done to this once-great country.

God Bless,
Bill

Keith

February 4th, 2010
1:35 pm

TM, the “choice” was made when the woman decided to have sex. Shouldn’t we err on the side of caution by acknowleding that human life “could” begin at conception?

GoOx

February 4th, 2010
1:36 pm

Georgia Right to Life has endorsed my man Ox.

Charles

February 4th, 2010
1:38 pm

Obviously. Furthermore, the billboard is not preventing her from having the abortion if she is set upon it. It does not impact her rights at all. All it does is show her the consequences, points out to her that black children are the main targets of the abortion industry. She should certainly have all the facts before making such a decision.

What is telling, however, is the abortion advocates’ reaction to billboards such as these. The billboards do not restrict “choice” – but they DO have the potential to reduce abortions. The fact that abortion people react so strongly and negatively to advertisements such as these clarifies that they are not in fact pro “choice,” but rather are pro-abortion.

lmno

February 4th, 2010
1:42 pm

“Georgia Right to Life, announced that it would back legislation this session that would make it a crime to “solicit a woman to have an abortion based on the race or sex of the unborn child”

What is this?

Is this an issue?

Are people getting solicited now based on race or sex to have abortions?

Is there a danger this is a future problem?

Are people being solicited to have abortions period?

thinking woman

February 4th, 2010
1:44 pm

Thinking Man @ 1:27, I totally agree with you. But if the RF wants to help, as they claim, they could spend that money on prenatal AND post-natal care. Billboards don’t feed, clothe, shelter, or provide medical care for children born to parents who are situationally challenged.

OTW

February 4th, 2010
1:44 pm

Just the facts ma’am:
1. 30% of Georgia’s population is Black . . . 59% of all abortions
2. 14 out of 14 abortion clinics located in majority minority neighborhoods
3. Abortions increase by a factor of 10 when opened in a low income neighborhood
4. Georgia kills MORE Black children by abortion than ANY ohter state in the nation according to the CDC.
5. Georgia had a Eugenics council until the 1970’s.

toomanyaborted.com

songbird

February 4th, 2010
1:51 pm

Perhaps if this group used some of their resources to help poor black women obtain birth control there would be fewer unplained pregnancies and fewer abortions. I think that would be a better use of their funds than billboards.

Psych Doc

February 4th, 2010
1:52 pm

Planned Parenthood has targeted minorities since the very beginning of its existence. All these billboards and http://www.toomanyaborted.com are doing is drawing attention to what pro-abortion PP wants to cover-up. Black women and children are at risk of genocide. When will black pastors rise up and express the outrage that they express at racism? When will there be marching in the street like during the early days of the civil rights movement? When will black men be part of the solution and not part of the problem? When will black children be safe in their mothers’ wombs? The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. knew (in a Birmingham jail) that he was no longer going “to wait.” When are we going to say, “Enough is enough! We are not waiting anymore.”?

Love them both

February 4th, 2010
1:55 pm

Before someone makes a comment, I would suggest that they look at the website.
http://www.toomanyaborted.com

lmno

February 4th, 2010
2:01 pm

“Black women and children are at risk of genocide.”

What? The birth rate per 1000 black americans is not significantly different than for white americans. I am not saying you’re wrong, just that your statement is hyperbole or you need to clarify your position.

And can someone point out to me a case of someone being solicited to have an abortion?

I do know of a rather highly connected man who forced his daughter to have an abortion at 16 to save his own career, but I don’t think thats what this bill is about.

Raquel Morris

February 4th, 2010
2:03 pm

I wonder where this group stands on caring for Black children, or all children, for that matter? Did they lobby for increased funding for PeachCare? What about threatened cuts to public education? What do they say about that issue? Do they support connected public transit so that the children’s parents can get to and from work?

Bill Orvis White

February 4th, 2010
2:05 pm

http://www.toomanyaborted.com is an amazing site. I like the line right there on the front: American elites (Rockefeller, Ford, Kellogg, Carnegie) championed and funded the beliefs of eugenics, a philosophy of breeding a superior race. While respect these fellas for what they did for American business, they lost their way on this subject and shared similar views to Hitler.

So here we are today. Our businessmen don’t think like that but, they are plenty out there that do. The eugenics idea is popular with far left educators in our public schools and on college campuses. It’s also big in Hollyweird and on both coasts in this once-free nation.

God Bless,
Bill

d

February 4th, 2010
2:07 pm

I guess other ethnic groups don’t count. Aren’t we all God’s children-yellow, black or white.

Wolverine

February 4th, 2010
2:10 pm

Didn’t know Sandy Springs was a minority neighborhood, jus sayin’.

soulfinger

February 4th, 2010
2:22 pm

Good comment D

Big Ben

February 4th, 2010
2:25 pm

Thinking Man 1:27 – Funny that people get offended at expressing their views. The ad isn’t trying to change the law, just trying to sway opinions. Why is that offensive?

Drew

February 4th, 2010
2:31 pm

As usual, the only time that conservatives are interested in black America is when they see an opportunity to deprive black Americans of their rights. In this case, the right of black women to determine when they will have children. Had they their way, we’d return to the day when white men “chose life” on behalf of black women. Of course, given who is in power in Georgia, I suppose today is still that day.

If the “pro-life” activists – and I use that term with reluctance, given their ability to produce “pro-life” terrorists like Scott Roeder, who murder doctors in their homes and churches – cared about life, they would focus their efforts on ensuring that every American, black or white, man or woman, parent or child, has health care. If they cared about children, they would focus their efforts on ensuring that every child, no matter what the circumstances of their birth, was guaranteed a family and a society in which they would thrive. And if they cared about family, they would focus their efforts on creating an economy where no one would have to choose between putting food on the table and having the time away from work to sit down and eat with their loved ones.

But they don’t, so they’d rather accuse black women of perpetuating genocide.

harrison

February 4th, 2010
2:39 pm

Bill Orvis,

you said “The eugenics idea is popular with far left educators in our public schools and on college campuses. It’s also big in Hollyweird and on both coasts in this once-free nation.”

Are you kidding me? You are just out of your mind.

Cutty

February 4th, 2010
2:48 pm

Pro-life AND for the death penalty………..SMH

MissUNjudgemental

February 4th, 2010
2:53 pm

I like you Rita! And notice how many people keep putting links to the website up here? Obviously you are all part of the organization and are really trying to make it seem like people want this.

If any one is really interested in decreasing abortion rates, increased access to birth control and access to better paying jobs would be a start! How about teaching more than abstinence in the schools?

Steve

February 4th, 2010
3:02 pm

“Black women solicited” for abortions? Yes, just like if you put a fast food restaurant, gas station, grocery store, etc, in any community, you are soliciting for business. The fact is that much larger percentages of the black population are likely – and do- take abortion as their “choice”; Planned “Barrenhood” and other abortion providers have decided to take full advantage. And yes, the birth rate in the black community is NOT replacing the population. Leadership in the African -American community take note: you are being targeted for extinction! All life is precious, of course, but the outrageousness of what is going on cannot be ignored any longer.

Steve

February 4th, 2010
3:04 pm

Clarification:

Leadership in the African -American community- your race is being targeted for extinction via abortion, NOT you!

harryo

February 4th, 2010
3:06 pm

Pro-lifers are pro life until the baby comes, then they are the first ones to vote against welfare, rent control, tax credits or other programs to make life easier economically for single black women who otherwise would have an abortion. A statistic not cited in the article, or by pro-lifers, is that black children put up for adoption have the lowest sdoption rate of any group, and most black kids put up for adoption spend their entire childhood in foster care, and the majority of black kids in the criminal justice system have at one time in their life been in the foster care system. If one of these foster children commits a kidnapping, rape, murder or kills a cop, the same pro-lifers are the first to call for the death penalty.

Charles

February 4th, 2010
3:10 pm

All of the pro-abortion comments thus far have amounted to nothing more than “Hey, look over there!” And distracting the issue with blabberings about the death penalty and other irrelevant things. But black Americans are no longer going to turn their eyes away from the attempts to exterminate their population. Period. Black women – ALL women – deserve better than abortion.

RUKiddingMe

February 4th, 2010
3:11 pm

Species? Since when has is been ok to refer to African-American children as an endangered species? Did this Anti-Abortion group even consider checking with the NAACP to gage if it would be appropriate to use this when refering to Black Children? Species is typically used when refering to animals in th wild. Un-Freak’n Believable!

artatlarge

February 4th, 2010
3:15 pm

B.O.W.— Eugenics is popular with liberals and on college campuses?
We need to return to the days of gay-bashing, no regulations on corporations, and unfettered environmental exploitation and destruction?
THAT is supposed to make us NO. 1 again?
Wow…that’s like Stalinists urging a return to the Gulag System, like neo-nazis worshiping an immortal Adolf Hitler, like Cambodians pining for the return of the Khmer Rouge.
Ignorance and fear run amok, stoked by people who have the most to gain in such a profit-driven society….
And, ironically, YOU won’t get anything out of it except a ruined planet, a government run by corporations, and the quiet existence of living in denial.

lmno

February 4th, 2010
3:19 pm

““Black women solicited” for abortions? Yes, just like if you put a fast food restaurant, gas station, grocery store, etc, in any community, you are soliciting for business.”

So, are you suggesting that if a doctor provides abortions, he is soliciting just by his existence? And furthermore that if his office happens to be in a community that is predominantly made up of one ethnicity he would be breaking this new law by soliciting based on that ethnicity?

“And yes, the birth rate in the black community is NOT replacing the population. ”

Well, thats just false.

http://www.infoplease.com/spot/bhmcensus1.html

I don’t mind having a discussion about why black people are more likely to have abortions and what we can do to reduce those figures, but don’t just make things up.

john-atlanta

February 4th, 2010
3:25 pm

I have direct links to the CDC and other data, I break it down there, at http://www.yankhank.com. The solution is to throw anyone that supports abortion out of office, especially CBC members.

Charles

February 4th, 2010
3:25 pm

Did I read correctly the person identifying himself as “artatlarge” start rambling about corporations, gays, the environment, etc. etc. etc.? This is a discussion about the abortion industry targeting black women. It has nothing to do with corporations, gays, the environment, Khmer Rouge, etc. Please pay attention.

Actually I must correct myself on one point – it DOES have to do with corporations. Planned Parenthood is the largest and most profitable abortion chain in America. Planned Parenthood is the “big business” of abortion, and it makes its profits by targeting women, and by opposing these ads that let women know they have another choice besides abortion. Why do you think Planned Parenthood is coming out so strongly against these billboards and Mrs. Tebow’s ad? BECAUSE IT CUTS INTO THEIR PROFIT MARGIN!!

LoveWisdom

February 4th, 2010
3:42 pm

@Drew Did you check out the website? At no point do they mention blaming black women for the problem. It is the black women who have been targeted by the abortion industry. According to toomanyaborted.com, 94% of the abortion clinics are in black neighborhoods.

You also noted that if “they” cared about children “they” would focus their efforts on ensuring that every child was guaranteed a family and a society in which they would thirve.

I would make the case that many people are trying to do that. Visit downtown Atlanta at the Care-Net Pregnancy Resource center where this agency is partnering with women to help meet their needs during the pregnancy and afterwards even to the point of helping them get the mothers get their educations.

Every person has some struggle in their life. Some of us more than others. Yet do we deny people the right to exist just because they might struggle?

Let’s say a woman has a child and has a job and does fine for a while. She loses her job two years after the child is born. Can she kill that child because the situation at home might get harder? No, because that two year old is considered a person. The issue in this discussion will once again come down to not so much the struggle but whether or not these black children, or any unborn child is a person.

Yet we live in a nation that sees children as a tax burden rather than persons. I think the lovely Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said it best in a NyTimes article in 2009 when she stated that Roe was decided “to rid the population we don’t want to many of”. Roe was started not to give women a choice or “a right to choose” but to get rid of certain populations.

We can realize it now or we can wake up 20 years from now and the situation be even worse.

Barb

February 4th, 2010
3:47 pm

I doubt if these women are forced to get an abortion.It is the individual’s decision.

Roekest

February 4th, 2010
4:08 pm

@ Drew

“As usual, the only time that conservatives are interested in black America is when they see an opportunity to deprive black Americans of their rights.”

You sure conservatives are the ones being racist now??? That thought came out of your head, not mine. Please don’t take a few bad examples and apply them to ALL conservatives. It’s an ignorant and narrow-minded approach.

harryo

February 4th, 2010
4:09 pm

Is society better off if women who don’t want a child and will not take care of herself while she’s pregnant or the child once its born? One only has to look at Charles Manson or the Octomom as examples of irresponsible conception. Why should a single woman working in a good paying but dangerous job like construction be forced to give up her income and get on public assistance if she’s forced to have a baby she doesn’t want. Once a child is born a woman can find a way to have the child taken care of while she works, but there’s no way a construction worker, flight attendant or dancer can work while she’s pregnant;

Ryan Bomberger

February 4th, 2010
4:21 pm

I believe in compassion for the individual. I’ve financially and materially supported birth mothers and orphans for most of my adult life. This campaign isn’t about ‘targeting black women’, but exposing the abortion industry. It’s about informing the general public, and the African-American community in particular, about abortion’s extremely disproportionate impact on Black Americans. I believe the loss of life (and potential) due to abortion is a tragedy no matter the race. TooManyAborted.com is simply our response to the rhetoric that there are ‘too many abortions’ and that we need to ‘reduce abortions’. Why reduce something that isn’t inherently wrong? The Radiance Foundation (which is an educational nonprofit that believes that we are all born with Possibility) is a multi-faceted organization that addresses a wide spectrum of social issues. This newly launched campaign, http://www.toomanyaborted.com, focuses on an all too-often silenced human crisis. Why do those who espouse a pro-choice mentality always feel threatened by accurate and well-documented information? Women cannot make fully informed decisions if they’re constantly duped by an industry that profits in the hundreds of millions by a ‘choice’ for abortion.

Expressions of mass distraction. That’s how I could sum up a lot of the pro-abortion comments here.

I just believe there are better options than exercising one’s supposed (and Supremely ill-decided) right by taking the life of another. I’m adopted (as are 10 in my family), so I can speak to the thousands of people and CPCs and churches that have dedicated their lives to providing for the birth mother and the child she’s decided to bring into this world. The oft-used argument is simply a deflection of the truth.

Lindsey

February 4th, 2010
4:21 pm

I am against abortion, as far as the race, sex, or anything else-it does not matter—You are either for it or against it, so don’t try to keep just one certain group from doing it, but all groups no matter what you are basing it on!

Drew

February 4th, 2010
4:22 pm

@LoveWisdom, you should target your propaganda at someone who doesn’t know it’s a lie.

Your reference to Ginsburg is telling: the quote, and the context, show that Ginsburg was concerned that Roe would be used to require government funding of abortion, which would then be used as a way of “coercing women into having abortions when they didn’t really want them” – also her quote – which she clearly felt would be wrong.

Yet instead of honestly characterizing her statement as a concern that the government might force women to abort when they did not want to, you and your ilk misrepresent describe the first Jewish mother to sit on the Supreme Court to be a proponent of both infanticide and genocide. Stay classy, “pro-life” activist.

It’s disgusting, and it’s typical of what can be expected from a “pro-life” activist: deceit. The website offers more of the same – lies, lies, and more lies.

But what can you expect of a movement that produces murderers like Scott Roeder and “Crisis Pregnancy Centers” that exist to deceive women and endanger their health.

Roekest

February 4th, 2010
4:27 pm

How about instead of abortion, people who choose to have sex can also choose to use birth control, thereby saving me the headache of reading stories such as these and dealing with women too stupid to use the pill or to force their man to use a condom?

This issue can be solved with some common sense. Tragically, most people lack that.

matchtuff

February 4th, 2010
4:33 pm

This is a mess. I say let them put up the billboard. I say we also need a billboard showing how many women quit college or high school to have a child. Another billboard can detail the anti Tebow. I say we have a commercial that depicts a woman Tebow mom’s age who also didn’t have an abortion. But this child grew up poor and had a hard life but you pro life people can be glad he got to grow up. Picture this- You leave you pro life meeting and just got held up at gun point by this child who shoots you in the leg. I hope you are still happy his mom didn’t get an abortion! :) Pro choice all the way but I don’t like abortion. Also I have yet to see a movement or march against homelessness or poverty!Now that would something you prolife people!

Truthteller

February 4th, 2010
4:38 pm

Tim Tebow’s mother was given a choice when she learned of her medical condition, and she made the choice that she was comfortable with. Every woman, black or white, should have that same choice.
and everyone else should stick to their own business.

John K

February 4th, 2010
4:51 pm

And let’s ask them how they plan to help when the baby is born? Or will they then be screaming “welfare queen” and “taxed enough already?’

It’s not a pro-life movement, it’s a pro-fetus/control of women movement.

Charles

February 4th, 2010
4:53 pm

When someone kills another human being, that is everybody’s business. Killing someone is not a choice, it is a crime. Abortion should not be a choice, it should be a crime. It is not a matter of personal choice, it is a matter of killing another human being. It can’t get any simpler than that. You do NOT have the choice to kill.

Ray Pugh

February 4th, 2010
4:55 pm

I just wish she had made a different choice…

matchtuff

February 4th, 2010
5:03 pm

I say let the women who are pro life carry the women who do not want to have children carry and take care of all of these children. Now that is real pro life choice

LoveWisdom

February 4th, 2010
5:11 pm

@Drew It always amazes me when two people are having a civilized discussion, and then someone feels threatened and results to name calling. As a woman, pro-life or not, I always try to have a conversation that does not demean anyone. I was under the assumption that this was a blog, an open forum to discuss all ideas. I simply stated what has been happening for the past 37 years.

As a woman, I am tired of the exploitation I see everyday towards women. Just this past week a woman in Queens, NY died at the age of 37 because she was having “a safe and legal procedure”.

I am tired of the lies I see the abortion community telling women that abortion and birth control don’t have risks when they do. So if we truly believe in giving women their options lets lay out everything on the table. Let’s tell people that yes the American Cancer Society knows there is a link between birth control and breast cancer they just haven’t publicized it. Just a few months ago a leading researcher of the National Cancer Institute (which is not a “pro-life” organization)also stated that there is a link between abortion and breast cancer.

Since we don’t want to talk about the fact that abortion kills a human being, let’s talk about the impact that over 37 years of legalized abortion have had on women.

My reference to Ginsburg was factual. You have the liberty to interpret it differently and I am ok with that.

But please in all of your mischaracterizations of the pro-life community; do not consider Scott Roeder to be the same equivalent to the life saving work that the pregnancy resource centers do.
What Scott Roeder did was wrong, but it just shows you what happens when a society devalues the most innocent of all human life, then all life is devalued.

Byron Mathison Kerr

February 4th, 2010
5:14 pm

Charles, February 4th, 2010, 3:25 pm wrote:
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Actually I must correct myself on one point – it DOES have to do with corporations. Planned Parenthood is the largest and most profitable abortion chain in America. Planned Parenthood is the “big business” of abortion, and it makes its profits by targeting women, and by opposing these ads that let women know they have another choice besides abortion. Why do you think Planned Parenthood is coming out so strongly against these billboards and Mrs. Tebow’s ad? BECAUSE IT CUTS INTO THEIR PROFIT MARGIN!!
]

I don’t know if I have ever seen this much misinformation and/or disinformation in one place before. But please allow me to clear up one thing: Planned Parenthood is a non-profit organization!