Anti-Abortion Ad Causes Controversy in SOHO
An Anti-abortion group “Life Always” is looking to bring a little controversy to their cause and what better way than a GIANT billboard in SOHO. The ad reads “The most dangerous place for an African-American is in the womb” and is causing an UPROAR!!
New York City has seen it’s share of controversial billboards, but this one takes the cake! The three-story high billboard captures your attention. The portrait of an innocent little girl. But what’s angering most onlookers is the message. The group responsible “Life Always” says it’s designed to get your attention and raise awareness about the high abortion rate among black women.
The activists also accuse Planned Parenthood of targeting minority neighborhoods.
“Black women do not believe they have an option other than abortion. We want that to be challenged and this is our own statement to the community,” said Rev. Stephen Broden, of “Life Always”.
Planned Parenthood responded, calling the accusations and the billboard: “…an offensive and condescending effort to stigmatize and shame African-American women while attempting to discredit the work of Planned Parenthood.” The offensive nature of the billboard has many outraged as it targets African-American women during black history month.
But, “Life Always” insists it’s not targeting black Americans, just abortions. ”Life Always” says despite calls that it be taken down, the billboard will stay up for at least three weeks, then it will be taken to other major cities.
The mother of the little girl portrayed in the billboard is outraged as well! Tricia Frasier, the mother of 6-year-old Annisa signed up with a modeling agency two years ago to have all four of her children photographed. What she didn’t know was that her child’s image would be used in the ad campaign.
“I would never endorse something like that,” says Tricia Fraser, Anissa‘s mother. “Especially with my child’s image.”
“I know what I went into that shoot for,” Fraser says. “And that’s not what I agreed to. I want them to take it down.”
When she signed a release form, Fraser knew the photos could be sold as stock images but never thought her daughter would become the face of a pro-life campaign focusing on African-Americans.
I feel a lot of social groups use controversy these days to get their point across, and you know what? At some point there should be a limit!
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