In Tennessee, abortion supporters are outraged over a few controversial billboards in two Memphis neighborhoods that encourage African American men to choose life for their children. One billboard says “Dad’s Little Princess,” which some interpret as a message telling men to control women’s bodies when it comes to abortion. The billboards were placed by Pro-Life Across America, a group that reaches out to women and families through pro-life advertising.
Cherisse Scott, the CEO of a group called Sister Reach, said the billboards were racist. She said, “We call upon the entire community of Memphis today to call Clear Channel and demand these racist and disingenuous billboards be taken down.”
Memphis Pastor, Earle Fisher, also expressed disapproval of the billboards. He said, “To use black men like me to facilitate the erasure of black women like my wife and others from the conversation about their own bodies is not only propaganda, it’s pathetic and repulsive.” Another pro-abortion supporter, Allison Glass, said, “It’s an incredibly racist tactic they’re using to try to pit black men against black women.”
As LifeNews previously reported, Tennessee has one of the highest abortion rates among African American women. In 2011, the Center for Disease Control released a report that revealed that the 53.8% of babies aborted in Tennessee were Black or Hispanic. This is outrageous considering the fact that Black and Hispanics comprise only 13.2% and 17.1% of the population respectively.
The truth is abortion ends the life of more African Americans than all other causes of death combined, including accidents, cancer, AIDS and violent crimes. Yet, many pro-abortion supporters say that abortion helps African American families and tells pro-lifers that they’re racist when they work to save lives.
In fact, in 2011 a billboard was removed in New York after abortion supporters complained about its pro-life message. The billboard said, “The most dangerous place for an African America is in the womb.” However, this is especially true in New York because more babies die from abortion than are born alive in the state. A pastor in New York, Rev. Michael Faulkner said, “While this billboard causes a visceral reaction from many African Americans, it addresses a stubborn truth that 60 percent of black babies do not make it out of the womb. We must do something now. Instead of challenging the design of the ad, we should ask why the message is true and how can we change the fact that the leading cause of death for African Americans is abortion.”
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