It seems like rabid anti-abortion activists continue to push people’s buttons. On the heels of their controversial billboards insisting, “The most dangerous place for African-Americans is in the womb,” Life Always is back with another controversial ad—this time featuring President Obama.
The ad, which argues, “Every 21 minutes, our next possible leader is aborted,” will be unveiled in the President’s adopted hometown of Chicago, as well as 30 other locations around the country.
Many were outraged at the larger-than-life-sized billboard that appeared last month in New York’s tony SoHo neighborhood, and I’m sure this ad will also rub many—including our pro-choice President—the wrong way.
Although many may wonder why Life Always continues to play the race card and attack Black women’s reproductive rights when producing these advertisements, Life Always board member Rev. Derek McCoy argues:
“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.”
Ironically, the President, Oprah and Maya Angelou have all indicated that they are supporters of a woman’s right to choose, but I guess that doesn’t jive with the billboard’s message.
One thing is clear, however. The purpose of these billboards isn’t to persuade a woman to keep an unwanted pregnancy, but rather to garner attention by continuing to create such controversial ad campaigns.
What do you think? Should Life Always use President Obama’s image in their anti-abortion campaign? Sound off!