New York Latest Target of Black Anti-Abortion Billboards

Update: A controversial ad that raised the ire of Planned Parenthood and the mom of the child depicted in it will be taken down, according to a statement by the Rev. Al Sharpton's office.

Planned Parenthood said that it also provides care to more than 50,000 men, women and teens each year. Services include cancer screenings, STD testing and treatment, contraceptive consultations and ob-gyn exams.

When the billboard initially popped up in New York City, all eyes were on Ryan Bomberger, co-founder of the Radiance Foundation, which is the progenitor of the nationwide anti-abortion billboard campaign

Bomberger told The Root in an e-mail that while he supports the effort, he is not involved in the SoHo billboard campaign. His organization does plan to head to New York because of the city’s alarming abortion rate, he said. The most recent stop was in Los Angeles, known as the “abortion capital” because of the large number of terminations performed in the city’s 424 abortion clinics, he said.

“We believe any approach to the epidemic issue of abortion — especially in New York, where 1,489 black babies are aborted for every 1,000 black babies born — should always affirm the beautiful intrinsic value of women, men and children, born and unborn,” Bomberger said.

Lynette Holloway is a Chicago-based writer. She is a former New York Times reporter and associate editor for Ebony magazine.

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