CHICAGO – An anti-abortion billboard campaign using a likeness of President Barack Obama to target African-American women has angered women’s groups in Chicago.
Some 30 billboards declaring “Every 21 minutes our next possible leader is aborted” are being placed in predominantly African-American neighborhoods in Obama’s adopted hometown.
They are being displayed for free after the group’s controversial billboards declaring “the most dangerous place for an African-American is in the womb” were taken down following protests in New York.
The Texas pastor behind the campaign by Life Always said he wants to “encourage reflection” about the high abortion rate among African-Americans.
“For too long the scourge of abortion has been hidden behind political correctness,” said Stephen Broden, who is African-American.
“Liberal interests have deceived our women into believing that the answer to poverty is to murder their babies.”
In a statement, Planned Parenthood of Illinois called the billboards “an offensive and condescending effort to stigmatize and shame African-American women while attempting to limit their ability to make private, personal medical decisions.”
Cherisse Scott, a health educator with Black Women for Reproductive Justice, said she resented outsiders coming to her poverty-stricken Englewood for the anti-abortion campaign.
“Who are these people?” she said. “They don’t care about us. They don’t know what women face in this community, in our clinics.”