Pro-Life Billboard in Chicago Uses Obama Image to Hit Abortion

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 28, 2011   |   12:42PM   |   Chicago, IL

A pro-life billboard is coming to Chicago soon that will feature an image of President Barack Obama as it talks about how abortion has decimated the African-American community.

Life Always, the organization behind New York City’s controversial “Dangerous Place” billboard last month — taken down by Lamar advertising after complaints from pro-abortion activists — is initiating another campaign, this time in Obama’s hometown. The new campaign will launch on Tuesday and includes an image of the president.

The billboard states: “Every 21 minutes, our next possible leader is aborted.” The image of Obama faces the capitalized word “leader,” and readers are directed to visit for more information.

Reverend Derek McCoy, a board member of Life Always says, “Our future leaders are being aborted at an alarming rate. These are babies who could grow to be the future Presidents of the United States, or the next Oprah Winfrey, Denzel Washington or Maya Angelou.”

He explained to that more than 30 billboards will be placed in South Chicago to encourage reflection on the disproportionate number of abortions among African Americans. Census and CDC reports state that African Americans comprise less than 13 percent of the population and about 36 percent of the country’s abortions.

Meanwhile, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported 25,196 abortions in Cook County, Illinois alone in 2009 and that number doesn’t include the number of abortions done in suburban counties surrounding Chicago.

Pastor Stephen Broden added, “The potential of a community lies in its children. If we aren’t having them, our potential is lost.”

Although Lamar removed the New York City billboard, the pro-life group said it “remains committed to continuing to raise awareness and exercising first amendment rights of free speech to bring awareness to the tragedy of abortion.”

The pro-life group Life Always paid for the New York City billboard, to try to draw attention to the fact that abortions kill 300,000 black unborn children annually. In fact, new data put out by the CDC indicates black babies are victims of abortions at a much higher rate than their white or Hispanic counterparts. The billboard, located in SoHo, featured an image of a young black girl and said “The most dangerous place for an African-American is in the womb.”

But the outdoor advertising company that sold the space to the pro-life group for the billboard said it would remove the image because the employees at the Mexican restaurant located on the bottom floor of the several story building bearing the ad were facing harassment over its pro-life message.

“It’s down, or at least it should be coming down soon,” Peter Costanza, the general manager for Lamar Advertising, told the New York Times. “Why did I take it down? Yesterday, somebody came into the restaurant harassing the waiters and waitresses. I don’t want any violence to happen around the buildings there.”

“There is a battle being waged in the United States that has taken more lives than any foreign war or act of terrorism,” the organization says. “The enemy is abortion. It’s supporters include the mainstream media, liberal representatives in government, and Planned Parenthood, the country’s largest abortion provider. The voices of the opposition are everywhere.”

“We use advertising, research and confrontational truth to gain awareness, inform and educate individuals to choose life, always,” the group adds.

The organization’s board of directors includes Abby Johnson, who resigned as a Director of Planned Parenthood in 2009 after she assisted in an ultrasound guided abortion procedure and saw a 13 week old baby in the womb fight for its life. Since leaving Planned Parenthood, Abby has been traveling the country sharing her story and motivating others to continue the pro-life fight.