Atlanta Billboard Vandalized That Educated How Abortion Targets Black Children

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 2, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Atlanta Billboard Vandalized That Educated How Abortion Targets Black Children

by Steven Ertelt Editor
April 2
, 2010

Atlanta, GA ( — At least one of the billboards in a campaign across the city of Atlanta to draw attention to the way in which abortion targets black children has been vandalized. The billboards read, "Black children are an endangered species," but one was changed to say, "Black Children Are Beautiful."

A CNN viewer on its iReport system noticed the vandalism of the billboard.

The viewer, using the handle caitelle, wrote the billboards have "understandably created a stir on both the local and national level in the past several months."

"I passed by the ‘culture-jammed’ version of the billboard on Tuesday, which has been liberated," the viewer said — appearing to support the altered billboard.

Ryan Bomberger, the African-American founder of The Radiance Foundation, which sponsored the 80 billboards in and around Atlanta, talked about them in a recent interview with OneNewsNow.

"The best way to measure it is to see the way that the opposition has risen so strongly against it," he said. "More importantly to us, though, are the testimonies that have come in — I mean the hundreds of e-mails that have come in as a result of the campaign, and many of them talking about personal transformations of heart and mind."

He says they have been successful at educating the public about the way abortion targets the black community by drawing people to the group’s web site.

"On our [web]site…we’re very specific…to talk about how starting in 1939 with the Negro Project, it was specifically targeted toward poor blacks," Bomberger explained to ONN. "And we contend that targeting has never ended."

In Georgia in 2006, pro-life groups say 57.4 percent of abortions are done 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., supports the billboard campaign.

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?”

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

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