"Black & Beautiful" Anti-Abortion Campaign Is Unleashed in California
Group thinks abortion is genocide of our generation
The assault on the psyches of African-American women and our children continues as the Radiance Foundation and the Issues4Life Foundation launch their “Black & Beautiful” campaign in Oakland, Calif.
Sixty billboards throughout the Bay Area now carry a message similar to those that entered the Georgia landscape in 2010 claiming that too many aborted children were “Black and Unwanted.” Showing a beautiful black child against a stark monochromatic background, these organizations are convinced that the controversial image will illuminate that abortion in the African-American community is the genocidal crisis of this generation:
“The impact of abortion in the black Community is the Darfur of America,” says Walter B. Hoye II, president of Issues4Life.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) are the only two sources from which abortion information is gathered. While the information gives us a relatively clear snapshot of abortion statistics, it should by no stretch of the imagination be considered definitive.
The CDC reports information collected primarily from state health departments. Only 45 states, with the District of Columbia, collect abortion data, and the information on as many as 40 to 50 percent of the abortions that occur in these states is conspicuously absent. While AGI is more comprehensive, they also cannot account for abortion procedures performed by private physicians.
Ironically, California – the location of this latest race-tinged attack – is one of the states that do not report abortion data to the CDC.
Ryan Bomberger, staunch anti-choice advocate and the creator of the TooManyAborted.com campaign, makes it clear that he believes Planned Parenthood is a hypocritical vessel of capitalism:
“... They haven’t budged the national unintended pregnancy rate since 1995 but are relentlessly dedicated to increasing their annual share of abortions. They heavily advocate a singular ‘choice’ that feeds their $1-billion tax-payer subsidized budget,” Bomberger says.
Let’s be clear: Taxpayer dollars do not pay for abortions at Planned Parenthood – which only account for 3 percent of their services – and President Barack Obama’s signing of Executive Order 13535 reiterates that, that policy will continue.
This billboard campaign is drawing on the Margaret Sanger myth, which says that the founder of Planned Parenthood was a "devout racist" who created the organization so that minority children would die.
Sanger, though, was actually an elitist, who, according to records of her writings, thought aborting the less fortunate would be a more benevolent idea than continuing a pregnancy. She advocated for contraception, not abortion, and her eugenic philosophy encompassed the poor, mentally ill, and disabled – regardless of color.
According to AGI, 75 percent of women cited finances as their reason for having an abortion. ABC recently reported statistics, which show that while the abortion rate has dropped 8 percent, it has disproportionately risen 18 percent among women living in poverty, proving that this is not a race issue, but a class issue.
A billboard that reads, “Poor & Disenfranchised,” would be more impactful and genuine; yet conservatives would rather race-bait to push their social agenda - which stigmatizes women of color - rather than admit that their fiscal policies are creating an environment that breeds abortion and increases the need for the organization they so despise.