Uproar over anti-abortion billboard in New YorkBy ANI
Thursday, February 24, 2011
LONDON - A billboard featuring a young black girl has sparked outrage in New York because of its anti-abortion message - the most dangerous place for an African-American is in the womb.
On display in the SoHo area of Manhattan, the poster advertises a Texas-based group called Life Always, which campaigns against what it calls a “genocidal plot” against unborn babies, reports the Telegraph.
On its website, Life Always states: “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”.
However, Bill de Blasio, the city’s public advocate, described the advertisement as “grossly offensive to women and minorities. This billboard simply doesn’t belong in New York City.
“Common decency demands it be taken down.”
Christine Quinn, the Speaker of New York city council, said: “To refer to a woman’s legal right to an abortion as a ‘genocidal plot’ is not only absurd, but offensive to women and to communities of colour”. (ANI)