The message on dozens of billboards across Atlanta is provocative: Black children are an 'endangered species.'
"Abortion in the black community is at epidemic proportions. If it shocks people . . . it should be shocking."
UPDATE 3/2/10: L.A. Times blames inadequate health insurance for unplanned black pregnancies
-- From "Anti-abortion billboards try to rally blacks" by The Associated Press 2/15/10
The eyebrow-raising ads featuring a young black child are an effort by the anti-abortion movement to use race to rally support within the black community. The reaction from black leaders has been mixed, but the "Too Many Aborted" campaign, which so far is unique to Georgia, is drawing support from other anti-abortion groups across the country.
The billboards went up last week in Atlanta and urge black women to "get outraged." The effort is sponsored by Georgia Right to Life.
Nationally, black women were more than three times as likely to get an abortion in 2006 compared with white women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Anti-abortion activists say the procedure has always been linked to race. They claim Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger wanted to eradicate minorities by putting birth-control clinics in their neighborhoods, an allegation Planned Parenthood denies.
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