Friday, February 25, 2011
By Penny Starr
(CNSNews.com) – Pro-life activist Alveda King on Friday called the removal of a pro-life billboard in Manhattan “an outrageous act of censorship.” The billboard showed a black girl along with the statement, “The most dangerous place for an African American is in the womb.”
“This billboard should be posted in every city of the country,” King said.
The billboard’s message follows a report released last month by the New York City Department of Health that revealed an abortion rate of 41 percent of all pregnancies in the city in 2009 — with 59.8 percent of those involving African-American women.
“The message of this billboard is totally accurate,” King said in a statement issued by Priests for Life where she is the director of African-American Outreach. “The most dangerous place for an African-American is in the womb!”
She added: “And it should provoke outrage in the African-American community—not because it is racist, but because of the truth it reveals; the truth that is being kept from the African-American community.”
The billboard message was a project of thatsabortion.com, which paid for the message as part of its LifeAlways project.
“There is a battle being waged in the United States that has taken more lives than any foreign war or act of terrorism,” the Web site states about the project. “The enemy is abortion.
“Its supporters include the main stream media, liberal representatives in government, and Planned Parenthood, the country’s largest abortion provider,” the statement says.
CNN reported on Friday that Lamar Advertising, which owns the billboard, decided to take down the message after people who opposed it threatened workers in the building located next to the billboard.
The Rev. Al Sharpton had reportedly planned a protest at the site of the billboard on Saturday and pro-abortions groups had also complained about the pro-life message.
Mary Alice Carr, vice president of communications for NARAL Pro-Choice New York, said in a statement that the billboard was “attacking women for choosing abortion while simultaneously destroying family planning.”
But King said the billboard should have provoked a different kind of outrage.
“Black people in New York and all over the country should be outraged at the numbers of black babies we lose every single day to abortion,” King said. “An astonishing 60 percent of African-American pregnancies in the five boroughs of New York City end in abortion. “That’s unfathomable,” King said.