Once again, Black women’s bodies are being used to make a political point. Recently, there has been a lot of discussion around controversial pro-life ads targeting Black women. An Austin, Texas based pro-life organization developed a campaign that (once again) blames Planned Parenthood for high abortion rates among Black women.

Heroic Media, the Austin-based group behind the campaign, recently tried to set up billboards reading, “The most dangerous place for an African-American is in the womb.” The billboards were banned in most cities, and have caused quite a stir.

Heroic Media contends that minority children are at a higher risk of being aborted than White children and that it’s all Planned Parenthood’s fault.

“The overwhelming majority of abortion facilities are in minority neighborhoods. We think they need to know that,” said Kim Speirs, Heroic Media’s director of communications.

A similar campaign (and controversy) erupted across Georgia last year when The Radiance Foundation ran billboards across the region equating Black children to endangered species.

While the focus on Black women may make many think that abortion numbers for African-American women are on the rise, they are not. While Black women have higher rates of abortion based on race (38.5% of all abortions), White women still account for over half (almost 60%) of all abortions. So it seems like adding race to an already controversial issue is meant to sway Black voters to pro-life politicians who want to repeal Roe vs. Wade, and make abortion illegal.

I find this ad not only disrespectful to Black women/mothers, but also disingenuous. Talking about lowering abortion rates for Black women without discussing the systematic factors that lead to unplanned pregnancies will do little to change the conditions that lead to unplanned pregnancies. Joblessness, access to high-quality education, and poverty all contribute to some unplanned pregnancies, but maybe it’s easier to treat the symptoms, than deal with the real problem.

Black women have a long history of taking care of our own bodies, which has included having abortions when necessary. These types of ads, blaming Planned Parenthood or some other boogieman, make Black women out to be victims who are too lazy or too stupid to make the right choice, instead of women with power (and sense) enough to know what’s right for them.

Watch Heroic Media’s ad campaign targeting Black women and tell us what you think!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3B2YG7vtwXA Arthur

    Gayle, you must have me confused with someone else. I did not curse (or cuss) at anyone, since I don’t believe in using such language. Since I have helped my own women with their babies for years, I have no issues with my women or my race. I DO have issues with blindly repeated lies about the prolife movement. I get tired of that same old deceptive rhetoric being mindlessly and blindly repeated, that we only care about the babies in the womb, but after that we don’t care. That is absolute nonsense. So of course I get upset with that kind of nonsense when I see it being repeated over and over, and yet it’s one of the biggest lies anyone can repeat.

    So this was not about “respect” for black women. I was about respect for the truth about a movement that is honorable and noble and has saved many lives, despite abortionist and pro-choice efforts to the contrary. This is about saving our lives and promoting the growth and success of our race, and that will not happen if we keep killing ourselves in the womb and justifying it by using deceptive and false rhetoric we learned from Planned Parenthood and pro-choice advocates. We need to take responsibility for our actions and keep and raise our kids if we have them, especially if it’s out of wedlock. Two wrongs (out of wedlock kids, and murdering the child) don’t make a right.

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