"Every 21 minutes, our next possible leader is aborted…"

That’s the in-your-face message of these billboards, featuring an image of President Obama, which have gone up around Chicago. (Click to enlarge.)

The story behind them:

Thirty pro-life billboards featuring the image of Barack Obama are going up in South Chicago, U.S. president Barack Obama’s adopted hometown, starting tomorrow.

“Every 21 minutes, our next possible LEADER is aborted,” states the ad, which features an artistic rendering of Obama’s profile with a caption directing viewers to “thatsabortion.com.”

“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,” said Rev. Derek McCoy, a black pastor and board member of Life Always, which is responsible for the campaign.

According to official U.S. data, black Americans account for approximately 36.9 percent (2007) of the total U.S. abortion numbers, despite accounting for only 12.9 percent (in 2009) of the total U.S. population.

According to a 2008 article by Susan Cohen for the Guttmacher Policy Review, “the abortion rate for black women is almost five times that for white women.” While disputing the notion that the black community is being deliberately targeted by Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers, Cohen also noted that black women led the abortion rate even across the income demographic.

“At every income level, black women have higher abortion rates than whites or Hispanics, except for women below the poverty line,” said Cohen, “where Hispanic women have slightly higher rates than black women.”

The black pro-life leaders behind the recent campaign noted that the Illinois Department of Public Health reported 25,196 abortions in Cook County, where Chicago is located, in 2009.

“The potential of a community lies in its children,” said pastor Stephen Broden, another Life Always board member. “If we aren’t having them, our potential is lost.”

Read more. And you can visit the site sponsoring the billboards for more information.

Comments

  1. Very effective. It is sadly ironic that mr civil rights has no concern for the most vulnerable human beings, unlike martin luther king’s daughter.

  2. Jeff, I disagree. I believe that in your face tactics, for the most part, galvanize, the pro abortion stance. It is not he way to change hearts.

  3. Susan , i disagree wih your opinion. Our pro-life leaders in Congress are working hard to defund Planned – unParent
    hood , and working extremely hard to overturn Roe v Wade.
    We have a man in the oval office who’s in the back pockets of the pro-death crowd and doesn’t have the b…s to stand up for life !
    Yes , it’s time to get the message out especially to the rev’s jackson & sharpton .Your babies are being killed at an alarming rate !

  4. Irish Spectre says:

    “In your face,” Susan?? Really?? I myself find this prolife plea itself to be more on the order of unemotionally eloquent.

    I think what your problem might be is that abortion is not only gravely wrong on a supernatural, spiritual plane, but it is gravely wrong on a purely natural, physical plane as well, and therefore quite demonstrably so, at least if one is to accept a priori that killing innocent human life is gravely wrong.

    If the abstractions, obfuscations and lies that abortion rests on should not be challenged with simple, unemotional truth-telling, then there’s little hope of abortion being challenged at all.

  5. Jim:
    I assume that you were not referring to bells, as in “noisy gong and clanging cymbal.” So, I thank you for the uplifting contribution to the civility of our discussion of this issue.

    Having been engaged in discussions of abortion with many people over the years (particularly high school and college students), I have found the approach advocated by Susan to be much more effective and meaningful in changing minds and hearts.

  6. pagansister says:

    Wonder if that billboard will make any woman, of any color change her mind? Obviously aimed at women of color. Is there a shortage of blacks in this country? Since the bill board is aimed at that population, you would think so.

  7. You people are nuts. Get with it, women have the right to choose and you sitting here pretending it’s the 1950s is not going to change that. Thank God. Get over yourselves and go back to living in your bubbles.

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