Milwaukee, Wisconsin Sees Billboard Focusing on Blacks, Abortion

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 29, 2010   |   5:09PM   |   Milwaukee, WI

A pro-life group in Wisconsin and an organization run by a black pro-life advocate have teamed up for the latest in what has become a national campaign to focus on how abortion targets black children.

The Radiance Foundation, along with Pro-Life Wisconsin, is launching the campaign in Wisconsin featuring 13 billboards going up in Milwaukee with two different messages.

On the heels of massive national and international media coverage of the “Endangered Species” campaign, featuring billboards throughout Atlanta, Georgia and the rest of the state, the new billboards present residents of Wisconsin’s largest city with the message “Black Children Are In Danger” and “Black & Beautiful.”

The sponsors hope to reveal “the loss of hope and possibility that abortion brings,” Radiance director Ryan Bomberger told this morning.

With huge racial disparities in the numbers of abortions, Wisconsin exceeds the national trends with its African-American population comprising 24% of the state’s abortions, a figure that is four times the percentage of blacks residing in the state, he notes.

“This campaign is our response to Planned Parenthood — whose 75 years of existence in Wisconsin continues to embrace the racist and eugenic idea that certain human life can be destroyed. And they do it for profit,” he said. “Wisconsin is the birthplace of the Republican Party, founded solely to abolish the inhumanity and destruction of slavery. We hope that something will stir Wisconsinites to see, regardless of political party, that liberation and justice are part of their historical DNA.”

Bomberger says Planned Parenthood’s latest Annual Report shows the abortion business aborted 324,008 unborn children in 2008 yet only made 2,405 adoption referrals — 135 abortions for every 1 adoption referral.

“Planned Parenthood profits, immensely, from deliberate deception—that ‘unplanned’ means ‘unwanted and unloved’ and therefore should be destroyed.  This campaign coincides with a holiday season in which most Americans celebrate the ultimate unplanned pregnancy, a courageous teenage mother, and a compassionate father who chose adoption instead of abandonment,” Bomberger explained.

“And that child is loved and adored to this day. We are a resourceful society who can, and do, offer so much better than the destruction of abortion as a solution,” he added.

Virginia Zignego, communications director of Pro-Life Wisconsin, also weighed in on the new billboards. [related]

“Wisconsin is the eighth lowest state nationally in the number of abortions, but the racial disparity in its numbers far exceeds the national trends,” she said.

The initiative is endorsed and championed by many national African-American civil rights leaders including Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Martin Luther King Jr.