Austin News reports that a new pro-life billboard erected along Interstate 35 has caused some controversy. The billboard (shown above) displays a smiling African-American boy sandwiched between wrap-around text which reads: ”The most dangerous place for some children is in the womb.”
The ad has come under fire for being racist, as both the billboard and the subsequent television ads seem only to be targeted at African-American women.
Now if that ad doesn’t strike you as racist, maybe this one will. According to the Florida Independent, the …
… same group, called “Heroic Media,” which describes itself as a “faith-based non-profit” and counts less-than-average Jane Sarah Palin among their supporters (she recently hosted an event called “Evening of Hope” for the group back in August), has begun branching out from its Texas headquarters and has set up billboards and begun broadcasting television ads in Florida as well.
The Florida ads are a little more blatant in their race-centric message than their Texan counterparts, showing the black silhouette of a pregnant woman or a small, frowning African-American girl with the tagline: ”The most dangerous place for an African American is in the womb.”
According to Heroic Media’s website, the real aim of its ad campaigns is to create a media onslaught against abortion that would mirror the “well-researched, targeted mass media campaign” that caused attitudes toward smoking to decline so quickly and effectively “within a decade.”
But why African-Americans? Surely white, Hispanic and Asian women are having abortions as well? According to Kim Spiers, Heroic Media’s director of communications, “The overwhelming majority of abortion facilities are in minority neighborhoods. We think they need to know that.” No word yet on whether Heroic Media also plans to hand out gift certificates for its services, to further mirror Planned Parenthood.
But in all seriousness, what is Spiers suggesting here? That Planned Parenthood is the racist entity? If you guessed yes, then you’re correct!:
Planned Parenthood® is targeting African American women and children by concentrating their abortion facilities in urban neighborhoods. In the process, they have managed to successfully kill the hope and future of the next generation of African Americans. Planned Parenthood’s actions are the ultimate exploitation of African American women and an assault on the dignity of life. Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger had a plan. She wasn’t interested in removing the cause of poverty, illiteracy, illegitimate births, or other social ills, she just wanted to eliminate the result, the pregnancy, …the innocent life. She wanted to, “stop the reproduction of the unfit”. Please help us, provide another voice for African Americans to listen to, to choose. A voice that encourages the heroic decision to become a mother.
That oh-so-subtly terrifying accusation of racial cleansing should be taken with the rather large grain of salt that Heroic Media’s brave message of racial understanding — the one which stated “The most dangerous place for an African-American is in the womb — was actually banned from Texas billboards and their statistics about Planned Parenthood sound almost comically shifty, including:
“Planned Parenthood has placed 60-78% of
their abortion clinics in minority neighborhoods depending on how you want to interpret the data.”
Not that they, of course, provide a link to the raw data so that you might interpret it yourself.
I’m not particularly interested in getting into a debate about abortion – typically speaking, you’re either pro-life or pro-choice, and all of the arguing in the world won’t change most people’s minds, especially in the United States. But I do think that nearly all of the ads, data and statements made by the organization and its spokespeople seem patronizing at best and deliberately misleading at worst. An accusation of attempted “racial cleansing” is more than a little destructive, especially when the data used to make those claims depends on how you want to interpret it.