The anti-abortion ad featuring a little African-American girl that states, “The most dangerous place for an African American is in the womb,” was taken down after public outcry.
The billboard, paid for by the anti-abortion group Life Always was pulled down Thursday night by the Lamar Advertising Company, but the bad feelings surrounding it are still growing, particularly by the mother of the girl featured in the ad.
New Jersey mom Tricia Fraser is outraged that her 6-year-old daughter, Anissa, was included in the ad. She says that when she took her daughter to a modeling agency over two years ago, she was told the photos taken might be used for stock photos but she had no idea that they would ever be used for anything so offensive.
The NY Daily News reports that Fraser is demanding an apology:
I want an apology. I’m happy that it’s [being taken down], but at the same time I’m concerned that they can use that image again. I was devastated that they portrayed her like that.
Fraser says her calls to Life Always have not been returned, and she just wants an assurance that her daughter’s photo in this particular ad will not be used anywhere else.
While City Council Speaker Christine Quinn says the removal of the billboard is “a good first step,” she thinks more has to be done, “The billboard coming down in no way addresses what this organization has done because they now own this image.”
This story stirs up debate among parents who take their children to modeling agencies because you really do not know how or where you child’s photo will be used. Some agencies call parents after obtaining a list of children’s ages with no actual intent to make the child a model. They only want children to come in and pose so their inventory of stock photos will rise. Once parents sign the papers, the agency owns the photos and can do what they like with them, which unfortunately includes selling them out to create ads such as this anti-abortion billboard.
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