Atlanta Billboards Educate Motorists on How Abortion Targets Black Americans

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 9, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Atlanta Billboards Educate Motorists on How Abortion Targets Black Americans

by Steven Ertelt Editor
February 9
, 2010

Atlanta, GA ( — Atlanta drivers will soon see billboards all over the city that educate them about the racist component of abortions — that pro-life advocates point out target black Americans. In a city with a large African-American population, the billboards are already sparking controversy and they’ve not been put up yet.

The Radiance Foundation is sponsoring a campaign of 65 billboards across town and they should be visible starting on February 15.

“We’re aiming for a lot more, but that’s where we’re at,” Ryan Bomberger, co-founder of the group, recently told the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

“This is not a campaign that targets black women,” Bomberger said. “It’s a campaign that exposes an industry that we believe targets African-Americans.”

There may be 80 such billboards around the Atlanta metro area by the time sponsors purchase them all with the funds available.

The billboards were announced at a news conference at the state capitol recently, where Georgia Right to Life officials indicated they would sponsor a bill making race-based abortions a crime in the state.

The groups say abortion clearly has a racial component because black women get two-three times more abortions than white women nationally.

In Georgia in 2006, they say 57.4 percent of abortions in Georgia are performed on African-American women even though blacks comprise just 30 percent of the general population.

Catherine Davis, the minority outreach coordinator for Georgia Right to Life, defended the billboards to the New York Times, saying “The impact of abortion has become so great that it has begun to impact our fertility rate."

“Planned Parenthood’s Negro Project is succeeding”, Davis said. “They targeted blacks in order to control their birthrate, limiting the growth of populations they ‘don’t want too many of as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg revealed she believed was the goal behind Roe v. Wade."

The billboards tout a new web site,, which notes that all of Georgia’s abortion centers are in “urban areas where blacks reside.”

The web site connects abortion to segregation saying racists use abortion as a tool to suppress black Americans and “abortion is the tool they use to stealthily target blacks for extermination.”

The Times indicates that, of 37 states that report abortions based on the race of the mother, Georgia followed only New York and Texas in terms of the number of abortions done on black women and only Mississippi and Maryland had a higher percentage of abortions on blacks compared with other races.

The campaign began with the placement of billboards in Dekalb and Fulton counties where the majority of abortions occur. According to Davis, over 67% of the abortions in Georgia occur in those two counties.

Dr. Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King Jr. commented, “My Uncle Martin once stated, ‘The Negro cannot win if he is willing to sell the future of his children for his personal and immediate comfort and safety.’ Those words are still true today. After all, how can the dream survive if we let them take our children?”

In closing, Dr. Alveda King noted, “Abortion is the civil rights issue of the 21st century.”

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