New Billboard Claims Women Are Aborting The Next President

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Last month, the anti-abortion group Life Always agreed to pull a billboard in New York that featured a child with the message, "The most dangerous place for an African American is in the womb," when the mother of the girl featured in the ad objected. So how is the group following up this fiasco? With an even more offensive billboard featuring President Obama!


The new billboard, which features the message, "Every 21 minutes, our next possible leader is aborted," will be unveiled in Chicago tomorrow and be posted in 30 other locations, according to NBC Chicago.

Life Always Board Member Reverend Derek McCoy said:

"Our future leaders are being aborted at an alarming rate ... These are babies who could grow to be the future Presidents of the United States, or the next Oprah Winfrey, Denzel Washington or Maya Angelou."

So anti-abortion activists are clamoring for more liberal, pro-choice presidents?

As we've discussed, the "black abortion is genocide" argument distorts the facts to make it appear that the abortion rate is higher among African-Americans because abortion providers are purposely targeting that community. The real issue is that African-Americans have a higher rate of unwanted pregnancies due to a lack of access to affordable healthcare. Planned Parenthood helps by providing inexpensive contraception and medical care, yet House Republicans ignored this when voting to defund it. It almost seems like anti-choice activists don't actually care about African-Americans — unless they happen to grow up to be Oprah or Denzel.


Anti-Abortion Billboards Headed For Chicago [NBC Chicago]

Earlier: "A Wedge Into The African American Community": Pro-Choicers Fire Back On Abortion And Race



Part of my problem with this argument is that it ignores part of it's own point: if any fetus could become the next president/genius/etc., we are assuming that ALL people have that potential. We don't have to make as many babies as possible to live up to our human potential - we need to give the people who are alive the opportunities to live up to that potential. Aborted fetuses aren't somehow magical and more likely to be great than any of the rest of fetuses which are carried to term. This is the basic problem anti-choice advocated seem to have of worshiping the fetus and ignoring the person.