By Nigel Boys
Prolife Across America, a non-profit organization that describes itself as “totally educational and non-political,” has not only fallen foul of pro-abortion organizations, but the Black community, by placing controversial billboards at selected locations in Atlanta, Georgia.
The billboards, which were placed on Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard and other nearby locations, appear to be aimed at the African-American community, because they depict a smiling Black baby and the words “Dad’s princess” emblazoned in yellow letters. The anti-abortion posters have many up in arms, questioning the motivation of the organization and demanding that they be immediately taken down.
Prolife Across America, who claim to be dedicated to “changing hearts and saving babies’ lives,” appear to be only placing the billboards in African-American neighborhoods throughout Atlanta and at least 40 other states, according to 11 Alive news.
WXIA reported that the new ad campaign had some people screaming, “Take it down!” at a protest on Thursday, because they believe the organization is trying to impose its own beliefs on their community, without a thought for women who might need help.
“Just coming in and telling a community what they want or need, which is what the people who put these billboards up are doing, is not the way to go,” said Nikema Williams of Planned Parenthood. “We should bring the community together and talk about issues. All they do is attempt to shame women and condemn the choices that they make.”
Although Prolife Across America’s website states that their billboards are “often the only sign of hope and help to those in need” and include an 800 number, when Raw Story made a call, they were unable to speak with anyone directly. Calling at 10:20 a.m. Eastern time, the outlet received a recorded message that said, “I’m sorry, we’re not available at this time,” along with the option to leave a message or call one of several other numbers listed in the recording.
“We want them to use the money, maybe to feed children,” said Georgia State Senator Vincent Fort, who was present at the protest and wondering why the organization would spend money on inflammatory billboards instead of helping women and children in need. “Use that money to make sure that children get healthcare.”
Residents and pro-abortion supporters in Memphis, Tennessee are also up in arms about the posters, which are being called racist.
“To use Black men like me to facilitate the erasure of Black women like my wife and others from the conversation about their own bodies is not only propaganda, it’s pathetic and repulsive,” Memphis Pastor Earle Fisher told Raycom.
“We call upon the entire community of Memphis today to call Clear Channel and demand these racist and disingenuous billboards be taken down,” fumed Cherisse Scott, CEO of SisterReach. The grassroots organization states on its website that it is “focused on empowering, organizing and mobilizing women and girls in the community around their reproductive and s*xual health to make informed decisions about themselves.”
Scott also questioned why the Orange Mound ad sits next to an unrelated image of a Black woman with HIV, but Prolife responded that it was not up to them where the billboard was placed, but was decided by the local ad company.
“We don’t place them in areas depending upon what racial mix up or gender is in that area,” said Maryann Kuharski, Director of Prolife Across America.