When I read the story about billboards claiming “The most dangerous place for African-Americans is in the womb” – I became outraged and offended. Life Always is nothing more than another right wing organization determined to undermine women’s reproductive rights. We have many issues that plague our African-American communities and abortion is not one of them.
Life Always Board of Directors: Stephen Brody, Abby Johnson, Derek McCoy and Brian Follet are zealots who act as if African-American women who choose to have abortions are forced to make that decision. They are deliberately attempting to demonize African-American women with these accusations about our wombs being an unsafe place. Abortion is legal and it is a CHOICE. If Life Always truly cares about the lives of African-Americans they can start by supporting comprehensive sex education in schools, supporting policies that strengthen education in our communities and stand against gun violence.
The state of Texas has some of the highest numbers of illiteracy, poverty and teenage pregnancies in America. WHY is Life Always posting bulletin boards in New York City when it’s apparent there are so many other issues plaguing communities in Texas? Planned Parenthood is not the problem and does much more for women’s health care than abortion. In 2008, only 3% of services provided by Planned Parenthood were abortions.
Abortion is not a pleasant matter, but I respect a woman’s right to choose. I believe women who choose to have an abortion respect motherhood and the responsibility of raising a child. They would rather wait than take an important journey into motherhood so lightly when they’re not ready.
How can anyone claim that abortion is genocide on African-Americans when gun violence, record unemployment, lack of health insurance, increasing number of high school dropouts, gangs and poverty are the real culprits?
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Foster Care Statistics from 2000 to 2008 show that the 2nd highest number of children in Foster Care are African-American. When will these idiots put their time and effort into addressing the increasing number of children abandoned to Child Welfare and Foster Care systems nationwide? Social Workers are overwhelmed with incidents of neglect and abuse and murder of innocent children, yet there are no billboards about these very real issues.
What kind of alternate universe do these hypocrites live in? Not only are conservatives trying to manipulate our minds with such falsehoods about black genocide due to abortions they’re trying to attack women’s rights, voting rights, workers rights and public education —- all these factors have helped African-American communities thrive. Now conservatives want to take those rights away.
I blame the real genocide of African-Americans on conservative policies passed by Republican legislators. Life Always contributes to the problems in African-American communities with their ignorance and they are the real danger.