The Texas-based anti-abortion group, Always Life is once again stirring up controversy and proliferating racial hatred. Their recent plans to install 30 billboards across the South Side of Chicago to draw attention to their claim that a disproportionate number of black women seek abortions, was met with opposition from anti-abortion campaigners.
Known for their over-the-top ads (back in February, they paid for a NYC billboard that displayed a picture of a little African-American girl and stated, “The most dangerous place for an African American is in the womb.”), their most recent ads contain President Obama. The billboard has a picture of Obama’s face next to the words “Every 21 minutes our next possible leader is aborted.” It also encourages women to visit an anti-abortion website, thatsabortion.com.
The Chicago-Sun Times reports that protesters tried to drown out the campaign’s Chicago launch” by heckling speakers and shouting that the campaign misappropriates an African-American icon and does nothing to offer desperate women alternatives or to help them raise their children.”
Life Always responded to the opposition even louder:
But using loudspeakers and a public-address system, Pastor Stephen Broden, a Texas minister who serves on the Life Always board, shouted back that African-American abortions are “threatening the very survival of our community,” claiming the legalization of abortion in 1973 had created an “irreversible reduction” in the black population.
Last month’s offensive billboard in New York City was taken down less than 24 hours after it received national outcry. As of today, three identical billboards picturing the President are erected overlooking Chicago.