The attempt to link abortion with African-American genocide has hit the New York streets. And pro-choicers aren't the only ones infuriated: The mother of the real-life child depicted here wants it taken down.
"I would never endorse something like that," Tricia Fraser, mother of six-year-old Anissa, told the local Fox affiliate. "Especially with my child's image." She added, "It's bad enough you're saying this about African Americans, but then you put a child with an innocent face. I just want the image off of it."
It's not clear from the interview the precise nature of Fraser's objection, but possibly she agrees with Planned Parenthood's statement that the billboard is "an offensive and condescending effort to stigmatize and shame African-American women." As for taking it down, it likely depends on the terms of the stock photo licensing contract.
Versions of this billboard have cropped up elsewhere, including in Georgia, but this is the first time the anti-choice movement has ponied up for such a prominent spot in one of America's most pro-choice cities. The billboard is strategically positioned about a half-mile from a Planned Parenthood, and near the entrance to the Holland Tunnel.