A coalition of pro-life groups has erected billboards in downtown Atlanta that have drawn criticism for targeting African-Americans and attacking civil rights leaders, the Daily Caller website reports.
One has a depiction of civil rights icon Jesse Jackson with the word “betrayed” splashed across his face and the groups’ website, AbortionintheHood.com, also featured.
One co-sponsor, the Restoration Project, claims that in New York City alone, nearly 1,500 African-American babies are aborted for every 1,000 that are born.
Another co-sponsor, the National Black Pro-Life Union, decries the apparent racism in these numbers and in the activities of abortion providers. “Betrayal” is the key concept of the campaign, which maintains that black leaders who support abortion rights have betrayed their supporters.
“Pro-abortion groups cry racism when black pro-life leaders point out the depopulation effect of abortion,” said representative Day Gardner. “I say yes, racism is a factor, not on the part of pro-lifers, but on the part of those who want us to continually stream into the clinics to kill our children. All black leaders should help stop it or stay home.”
The campaign has triggered an ideological battle between Planned Parenthood Southeast and the pro-life coalition, which also includes a group called Priests for Life.
Group representative Alveda King responded to Planned Parenthood criticisms by attacking the legacy of one of the abortion provider’s early figures, Margaret Sanger.
“It’s outrageous that Margaret Sanger’s Negro Project [1939-1942] to control the birth rate of blacks is alive and thriving today because so many black leaders have sold their constituents the lie that abortion is the key to emancipating African-American women,” said King.
“Abortion kills babies and hurts women and families. These pro-abortion voices are not the voices of black America,” King added.
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