There’s a new billboard on the corner of 6th Avenue and Watts street in Manhattan, a couple of blocks away from where I lived when my kids were babies. Billboards are a constant around there, as the traffic backed up from the Holland Tunnel provides a captive audience.
But there’s never been a billboard like this.
The locals are up in arms. And with good reason. New York City is famously one of the more pro-choice parts of our country.
So who’s behind this highly inflammatory message?
The billboard is the work of a pro-life group from Texas called Life Always. They’ve decided to make African Americans the target of their anti-abortion campaign. Why? The group states on their website:
“Abortions among African-American women are three times that of the rest of the population. Over 25 per cent of the next generation is being wiped out as we speak”.
I’m guessing these Texans are not planning to come to our congested city and care for these additional children, or help provide some other means of childcare so their mothers, who likely are already struggling to make ends meet in a city where the cost of living is what, three times the cost of living in Texas?
If I still lived on that street, I would be able to see that billboard from my window. And I’d have to explain it to my kids. And that would be a pretty difficult conversation.
“Why is that little girl sad?”
Apparently this billboard is the start of a national media campaign for Life Always. As it’s targeting the African American community, the campaign is timed with Black History Month. Clearly they started the campaign in New York City for publicity reasons, because they’re likely to get a lot more attention than changed minds. After all, trying to tell a New Yorker what to do is always a bad idea.
photo: Jessica Gottleib