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:

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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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Josephine

February 5th, 2010
8:58 am

The problem with the Pro-Life movement is that its proponents are actually Pro-Fetus. They don’t care a bit about the child once it’s born…and they surely don’t care about the woman who has the child. They don’t support birth control, they don’t support Head Start or reduced/free lunches, they don’t support anti-poverty programs that would help poor women with children. They aren’t rushing out to adopt all these children they want to make sure other women give birth to. They want to control other people’s private lives, plain and simple.

Ashley

February 5th, 2010
9:05 am

Though the sign might have some truth in it, it is kind of harsh to call out a single race. They should have been just a sign against abortions. It seems that it is easy for some groups to label black people with negative things. I don’t think that I would never see such an ad with a white female saying the same thing or anything negative. I just think this is picking on black people to get certain messages across. These people giving money to causes need to look into the real cause of thing and go after the solution. Because this ad only makes people aware of whats going on but, it wont stop the problem, it just put it out in the open without a real solution.

fultonrighty

February 5th, 2010
9:05 am

Sarah, it is illegal to destroy the eggs of endangered birds–why would that be? In this country right now eggs and fetuses of endangered animal species have more protection than any unborn human baby. Sadly that may be why the billboard campaign says “Black Children are an Endangered Species.”

Georgia Whig Party member

February 5th, 2010
9:14 am

wow…250+ comments. This issue really gets people going. Can’t remember the last blog entry section that exploded like this. However we are mixing race, politics, and abortion all in one, so that might explain the exploding comment pages…geez, think I will just ‘duck and cover’ on this one.

Duh

February 5th, 2010
9:19 am

1.You are a human being to be respected, cared for, and protected….(Cmon folks, we know that black men and women are the most disrespected people on earth. You are not expendable and disposable…..(Blacks are pushed into the military frontlines more than any other racial group. My point is that we have to let God judge those for having an abortion, it is a sin no less or greater than those who commit a host of other sins. Our problem is that we try to play our sins against others with the thought that God has a measurement system for sin. IT IS ALL SIN FOLKS….stop judging!!!

fultonrighty

February 5th, 2010
9:39 am

Hmmmm. I just googled Radience Foundation and Ryan Bomburger and found out he is African American and also was conceived via rape then adopted. Maybe puts a diffferent light on the “endangered species” usage–
http://www.theradiancefoundation.org/thanks4givingmelife/whoisryan.html

Libertarian Man

February 5th, 2010
9:40 am

The billboards don’t give much support to women and families faced with difficult decisions. . If those follks really cared about black children, they would offer to either adopt or support all fetuses from conception to 18. What they reallly care about is controlling women and society, because their particular god has directed them to do so.

John K

February 5th, 2010
9:45 am

I think it’s great that the pro-lifers are putting their money where their mouth is, and there are no more children left to be adopted. Oh, wait…..

fultonrighty

February 5th, 2010
9:57 am

As I said earlier there are plenty of children to adopt from the foster care system (most of those have been removed from their parents because of abuse and neglect), but very few BABIES are available–though some special needs, crack babies who are available for adoption are difficult to place. The healthy infants available for adoption are overwhelmingly being waited for by prospective adoptive couples everywhere. Ask any adoption agency. Most girls now in unplanned unwed pregnancy either abort or parent their babies–adoption is not even considered by most–”I could never carry a baby for 9 months and then give it away.” is the common refrain. But adoption these days is about the birthmother evaluating profiles, meeting and CHOOSING the couple who will raise her child. It has changed radically over the past 25 years.

Holly FU

February 5th, 2010
11:31 am

Thank you RUKiddingMe. Guess my ancestors were right to put all you black ppl in chains…you ain’t even the same species as me! The bilboard told me so. Racist as$%*%$#. Spend the money more wisely…I have had two abortions in my life and may have thought otherwise if I had had other options. This billboard design does nothing but inspire guilt or outrage…And based on what I have read so far…It can be considered a success. How about information on alternative choices? AHHH that word choice. It pisses so many people off.

Sarah

February 5th, 2010
12:38 pm

fultonrighty, endangered species’ eggs are protected because the animals are endangered. When humans are at risk of dying out, come talk to me. In fact, the world would probably be a better place if humans weren’t so populous.

DBH: I am not claiming only the born can feel pain. But the vast majority of abortions are performed WELL before the fetus can feel pain or have anything going on in their brains at all. In fact it’s not even legal to get a third trimester abortion unless there are serious risks to life or the fetus has an abnormality incompatible with life.

Dear: Just a Thought

February 5th, 2010
1:39 pm

Just because that’s how your abortion experience was, doesn’t mean that’s every woman’s abortion experience.

It’s estimated 35% of women get one. We’re not a monolith.

Natalie

February 5th, 2010
1:39 pm

I agree with some many of the comments regarding the billboard and trying to educate the general public on just who abortion mills are targeting. BTW, why is it that the media use the words ‘anti-abortion’ – are they afraid if they use the word ‘pro-life’ that they might pursuade readers to the truth about the ‘choice’ a person makes?

Dear: DBH

February 5th, 2010
1:45 pm

Fewer that 2% of abortions happen after 21 weeks. And that’s pretty much only in the case of the mother’s health/the fetus will die anyway/ etc. So your argument about “pain receptors” is out.

Natalie

February 5th, 2010
1:47 pm

Hey, Libertarian Man…I don’t want to control anyone, just want to see that if a life is created that they are given the same opportunities as you or I. If my Mother, who conceived me before she was married, was able to ‘choose’, perhaps I wouldn’t be here today. God gave us a tremendous gift and we are spitting in His face everytime we destroy that gift. Someday you’ll know why we are placed on earth and how we are all called upon to do the right thing. Who are you kidding, you know what the right thing is…you all do.

Aoscruggs

February 5th, 2010
2:02 pm

This pro-choice African American woman is confused: the same groups that want to insure my right to bear a child condemn me when I do by calling me a “welfare mother” or a “welfare queen.” They insist I’m only bearing children because they’ll increase my welfare payments. They look down on WIC vouchers and other public programs that help out poor children because they don’t want their tax dollars going to folks who are too lazy to work.
As if African American women don’t pay taxes.

The irony is, of course, the folks who put up the billboard don’t give a damn about African Americans. We’re just another niche who can help them accomplish their goal of outlawing abortion and – dare I say it – contraception in general.

Now, if I saw these folks advocating for programs benefiting African-American children – programs like Head Start, or public-private partnerships promoting nutrition and education – I might respect their stance on abortion.

I’m waiting, and my eyes are wide open.

Chris Mathews is covered in his own spittle because he is drinking, again and becacuse he is a racist

February 5th, 2010
2:20 pm

Dr. Aborto

February 5th, 2010
2:27 pm

I have hope that the libs and democrat party will eventually abort themselves into extinction.

Sparky

February 5th, 2010
4:31 pm

Doesn’t anyone see the billboard as offensive? Usually when something is considered an “endangered species” its a wild animal. So now pro-lifers are calling black people wild animals. Also, black people aren’t even a seperate species from white people. So pro-lifers are not only racist but also dumb.

Falcon Fan

February 5th, 2010
5:02 pm

So when these kids are born to mothers who can’t handle themselves, then we can let gangs like 30 Deep get a hold of them because know one cares for them.

Chris Mathews is covered in his own spittle because he is drinking, again and becacuse he is a racist

February 5th, 2010
6:19 pm

You wanna see racist? Check this out. I demand that this cat be fired. And I hear that he loves abortions.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2010/01/27/msnbcs_matthews_on_obama_i_forgot_he_was_black_tonight.html

sarwa13

February 5th, 2010
7:18 pm

How do they know stats and percentages if Abortions r suppose to be confidential I doubt any women
Black or any other ethnic group take surveys after having one.

Fools

February 6th, 2010
8:28 am

As a multiple time survivor of black violent crime in Atlanta, the more the merrier! A good portion of these black males grow up to be worthless anyways, if you disagree…. whens the last time u saw a Asian or Middle Eastern serial rapist/ killer in Atlanta? Currently theres 2 serial rapist on the loose in Atlanta… both BLACK! Who killed the bartender in East Atlanta? Who killed the Univ of Tenn Couple? Who killed the student leader of UNC? Who killed the girl at Univ of Auburn? Who killed the Cancer reasearcher who let the thug in because she “didnt wanna see racist”?? And your telling me society needs MORE Of these worthless fools running around!??

Fools

February 6th, 2010
8:31 am

Seriously… can you BLAME these black women for their choice when so many of their men make worthless fathers!??

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lifecounts

February 6th, 2010
1:07 pm

Reading several of the blogs I noticed a reoccurring theme that circumstance enters into the rational of why in many cases black women have abortions. Certainly situational causes influence many of our decisions in life. Lack of money would be what many of the poor black woman who become pregnant would look at and abortion is a simple option for them to get out of their “situation”.
Having grew up in affluent Sandy Springs our family was the have nots living with the haves. In high school I was involved in athletics and recall in wrestling practice going over counter moves when an opponent has an advantage. My question to coach was what do you do to when they have you on your back about to pin you. His reply was do get on your back to begin with. Point well taken by myself.
So my situation was I was a junior and all the kids had cars but me so it seemed. Many got them on their 16th birthday from their parents, but not me. I made a hard decision to go to work at the grocery store in order to buy my own car, which I did after my junior wrestling season was completed. I missed out on the opportunity to wrestle my senior year which I truly regret cause my father had co signed a loan at the bank that I was working to pay off.. However, fitting in and wanting a car had a priority at the time in my life.
I also put myself through night school at KSU some years later and paid for the tuition out of my own pocket while married and buying a house. So when I hear that black woman are situational causes then I remember what my coach told me not to get flat on my back. Same opportunities for black woman today to get an education and make a better life for themselves if that is what they want as I had growing up. Today so much money is available to get an education. So once you have gotten yourself flat on your back, no pun intended, like my wrestling coach says you allowed yourself to get into this position.
If you believe life begins at conception the joining of man and woman to form a new life as I then you have to respect life. A life precious and God given as a gift. We should accept that gift as an act of love and kindess of God. We should reconize if in fact you believe that life is a seperate being at conception and no longer just a part of the man or woman but its own person as something special. Then we as individuals and society need to decide is that life has meaning or can we toss it away like a ole pair of sneakers in the garbage.

Angry Black Woman

February 6th, 2010
3:10 pm

Black children are not an endangered species and I have never been solicited to have an abortion. This is 2010 and we black women have better things to do than have a bunch o’ babies. Shut up. I don’t need you to tell what to do with my body or how to run my life, or that it’s my duty to insure the future of the negro race. Just another way for men to control us.

Chris Mathews is covered in his own spittle because he is drinking, again and becacuse he is a racist

February 6th, 2010
3:19 pm

Look here at the blatant racism. Matthews and the rest of them love abortion. It is a liberal sacrement.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2010/01/27/msnbcs_matthews_on_obama_i_forgot_he_was_black_tonight.html:

lanette

February 6th, 2010
5:43 pm

I do not want anybdody telling me what to do with my body. These same people will be the type who will not help anybody financially with a child. In fact these are the same type of people who would vote down anything that would aim to help people who are struggling.

Dhalgren

February 6th, 2010
7:42 pm

Shelly

February 6th, 2010
8:04 pm

I’m so glad to see that Ryan is sending out a positive message with a gorgeous African-American baby on the poster. I understand that a lot of Christians think that it is effective to post graphic images but it must be clear who we re-present. Jesus said that He came that we might have LIFE. Thank-you for showing an image of life and not one of death or guilt. We must be an example of a better way, not shame, hate or condemnation. Thank-you for your message of love. It will be powerful.

Lisa

February 7th, 2010
8:04 am

The reason why more black women have abortions is because more African Americans live in poverty. 70% of black children are born to a single mother. They anti-abortion people are hypicritical. They want people to have babies no matter what, but when the women have the children, they don’t want them to receive any government assistance. The key to reducing abortions is to educate people about birth control (and not tell them only to use abstinence because we know they are having sex). I want to see the anti-abortion people adopt large numbers of black and disabled children. Sign an agreement that says they promise to take care of these children. If they do that, I would support them.

pete12

February 7th, 2010
8:41 am

This is between God and I is what I say.Not a choice for church or state.People should have total control of their own bodies that is freedom.If you dont like freedom why are you in the u.s

pete12

February 7th, 2010
8:49 am

Lisa I agree with you, but this issue could be said about whites to

Bill Orvis White

February 7th, 2010
9:28 pm

@harrison Am I out of my mind? Yes, I’m out of my mind for freedom, Miss Sarah, low/no taxe$ and of course, God. Keep following me and I’ll show you how to be a success in this here life.

Vic

February 8th, 2010
2:00 pm

Big Deal. Put up you billboards. Targeting Black women will do nothing to further your cause.
Black women (black people in general) don’t trust you.

Vic

February 8th, 2010
2:05 pm

One more thing…
Make abortion illegal (anti-abortion group) and all those Black children will be born. A balloon in the Black population in the U.S. will follow. Is that what you want, more Black people in this country.
Right now the Black population is 12 %. I wonder how it would be if the percentage was 45%.
Hmmm…..

Vic

February 8th, 2010
2:12 pm

I know allot of single mothers, mostly Black, and none are poor.
So, single Black women are having their children, and taking care of them.

Judy Carroll

February 8th, 2010
9:04 pm

I always wondered why planned Parenthood didn’t celebrate Margaret Sanger as their foundress, but once I researched her in her own words, I realized that she is in the company of every sub-human ethnic cleanser in history. She is the heroine who coined the phrase “The Negro Project” to prevent African American births and purify the world for Aryans like herself and those she deemed worthy to be born and rule the world. To her credit, unlike the “warrior” ethnic cleansers who left messy dead bodies around to be photographed for posterity, she or her successors found a way to heap further abuse on women abandoned by their baby’s fathers or physically abused by ruffians by feigning compassion for their welfare and convingcing them that abortion of the innocent child would solve their problems. (The guilt and depression afterward would keep this woman in misery all her life.)
Couched in Orwellian euphemisms like, women’s health, women’s right to “choose” (as long as she chooses abortion that is) and warning taxpayers that the children of “poor” women would undoubtedly be a burden on society by growinig up a criminal, drug-addict, disabled, etc. tPlanned Parenthood it off by gosh. Taxpayers didn’t want to spend more money on other folks’ dependent children; parents feared their daughters would have to bear children if raped, scummy deadbeat fathers were happy because they could avoid child support by convincing pregnant paramours that abortion would be best for their “relationship” using PP’s slick catch phrases; incestuous abusive family members could force their victims to legally destroy the infant evidence. And with this “get-out-of-jail-free” card they could continue to abuse more women and children.
Now doesn’t Planned Parenthood give us a warm and cuddly feeling that they are so helpful to women?
And they benefit scummy “rogue” males who want to “play without pay.” Plus they make loads of money on abortions and dispensing pills. Give the devil her due, but Margaret has succeeded where Hitler could not.

[...] “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.” … [Jim Galloway/Political Insider/Atlanta Journal-Constitution] [...]

Madison

February 9th, 2010
10:38 am

So, does this meant that “WHITE, LATINO, INDIAN, AND ASIAN” women who exercise their RIGHT TO CHOICE are not endangering their racial species? It is ridicolous that BLACK women are being exploited by this group just so that they can get their judgemental and shackling message across. All women should stand up and shout it loud that this is wrong. Especially, if you are a BLACK woman.

LuAnne Leonard

February 9th, 2010
2:07 pm

It’s shock value. And, it’s obviously working. But, many folks may interpret the information as being biased. At face value, it’s telling us that more black women are having abortions. I don’t kknow about the statistical data nationwide, maybe it’s true. What bothers me the most, is that many folks that are pro-life, believe in the death penalty. God was pretty big on free-will. And, it’s a personal choice. And, if there is only one unpardonable sin (blasthemy), then it seems if a woman feels like she has no other choice than to have an abortion (and YOU believe it’s a sin), she can STILL be forgiven. Besides, you can’t mandate morality based upon your own religious preferences. You’ll never know until you’ve been there. It’s a choice, a personal choice. Not yours to make for someone else. Yes, I’m pro-choice.

LuAnne Leonard

February 9th, 2010
2:09 pm

Oops. blasphemy.

Edd Doerr

February 9th, 2010
3:36 pm

If black chldren are an “endangered species” it is NOT because of abortion but because of generations of racism and denial of equal rights. How dare these busybodies try to impose their patriarchalist ideology on women, often poor and disadvantaged, who have unintended or problem pregnancies. If we want to help girls and women of all races and conditions we will tear down the “glass ceilings”, provide equal and good educational opportunities for all kids, provide first rate comprehensive sexuality education to all public school students, and make family planning information and wherewithal universally available. What girls and women of all races DON’T need is fundamentalist sermonizing. — Edd Doerr, President, Americans for Religious Liberty, http://www.arlinc.org

Judy Carroll

February 9th, 2010
7:10 pm

Quotes from the “Noble” Margaret Sanger: (Copyright 2001 Diane S. Dew)

“The most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.” Women and the New race Eugenics Publ. Co. 1920,1923

On Blacks, immigrants, and indigents: …”human weeds, reckless breeders, spawning…human beings who never should have been born.” MS Pivot of Civilization

The purpose in promoting birth control (is) “to create a race of thoroughbreds” Birth Control Review, Nov. 1921 (p, 2)

On the handicapped, mentally ill, and racial minorities: “More children from the fit, less from the unfit—that is the chief aim of birth control.” Birth Control Review, May 1919 (p.12)

On the Extermination of Blacks: ” We do not want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population,” she said, “if it ever occurs to any of their more rebelliouos members.” from “Woman’s body, Women’s Right: A Social History of Birth Control in America”, by Linda Gordon

So, the billboards are correct! The “rebellious members” have awakened. Ms Sanger also wanted young people to learn as much as possible about sex truths, women’s gratification to take precedence over their marriage vows, no religious teaching about human beings respecting their bodies or developing any self-control.

Well, golly gosh; Margie, we have that today —along with the children born to children, the massive increase of STD’s, the breakdown of the family; fatherless boys who join gangs for protection, AIDS decimating Africa and our young people, drugs and alcohol addiction, cervical cancers due to multiple or promiscuous partners, and many people suffering from anxiety and depression. But wait—aren’t we all supposed to be happy, happy, happy now that we are so free?

Margie, old dead girl, your legacy lives in Planned Parenthood! But could you have been wrong?

Kell

February 10th, 2010
1:53 am

I am totally for abortion if that is what a black women wants to do. Despite what pro-liars may think, black women are not stupid. And I’d say they are smart enough to know that if they cannot afford (and I don’t mean just monetarily) to have a child then they should not have one. So an abortion is the right and responsible solution. Regardless of race, there are enough unwanted post born children around that we don’t need a whole new influx.

-Kell
(pro-abortion)

Kell

February 10th, 2010
2:19 am

“But wait—aren’t we all supposed to be happy, happy, happy now that we are so free?”

*raises hand* I’m happy, happy, happy now that we are so free.

I am totally estatic that I actually have choices. Back in the good ol’ days that certain posters here seem to crave for, I would have been left with no choice but to be a slave to my husband, taking care of who knows how many children, no voice on what goes on, and no room to think for myself because the hubby and church would be doing that for me.

I’d rather deal with todays issues that live in the tyranny of the past.

Sangfroid 360 « The Sangfroid

February 10th, 2010
4:49 am

[...] In Georgia, an Anti-Abortion group is posting billboards targeted at African-American women which say, “Black Children Are An Endangered Species”. Um, what? [Atlanta Journal] [...]

[...] groups Georgia Right to Life and the Radiance Foundation have partnered to erect 65 billboards like this one across Georgia, and plan to put up 15 more. The billboard [...]

manuel

February 10th, 2010
12:08 pm

Excuse me but the “this is my body” argument is a little flawed. It was your body when your two naked arms and two naked legs got into bed with that man you didn’t love enough to raise a child with. But once your body carries two arms that aren’t your own and two little legs that belong to and are controlled by another brain function that is not your own you have to admit that their dependency on you is a right that they can expect to be respected. Otherwise you end up being just another spoiled child who doesn’t want to face the consequences of your actions(and don’t throw the rape/incest thing at me unless you are actually saying that you will allow abortion only for non-consentual sexual relations–you do that and the Abortion industry will die for lack of business and your “rapist” boyfriends and husbands will go to jail for rape). I am pro choice in that I respect that every choice has a consequence that needs to be acknowledged. Perhaps you fail to see you conclusions drawn in another sphere. What if mankind said that they could treat their pets and livestock like you treat your “fetus”. Abortion involves ripping limbs and burning with saline solutions what would you say to allowing a farmer to start doing that to his animals. And you pro-lifers that object to the billboard…what are you saying in your politically correct way to end the butchering of babies and the hurting of woman who basically sign their health away to a doctor that will enter their bodies with very scary forceps and vacuum devices in the name of eliminating the natural process of life taking root in its mother’s womb.