The company that approved and put up ThatsAbortion.com’s SoHo billboard has decided to avoid more controversy by pulling the billboard down.
We’re just not so sure they did it because they got why people were upset.
Lamar Advertising has pulled down a controversial anti-abortion billboard that hung over a building in SoHo, the company confirmed to MyFoxNY.com.
The ad read “The most dangerous place for an African American is in the womb”and featured a photo of a young African-American girl behind the text and a link to a website for a group called Life Always .
The girl seen in the photo is Anissa Fraser, 6. On Wednesday, her mother, Tricia Fraser, said she was shocked that her daughter’s image was used in the billboard
“I would never endorse something like that,” Fraser said Wednesday. “Especially with my child’s image.” Fraser wanted the group to pull the ad.
Two years ago, Fraser brought her four children to a modeling agency to be photographed. She acknowledged signing a release form that allowed the photos to be sold as stock images. But she said she never thought her daughter would become the face of a pro-life campaign focusing on African Americans.
The activist Rev. Al Sharpton cancelled a Friday news conference that he had planned at the billboard to protest its message.
“The billboard was offensive, especially during Black History Month,” Sharpton said in a statement Thursday.
The Women of Color Policy Network at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service had objected to the billboard and had written a letter to the advertising company.
“The billboard is only one of the many attacks on reproductive freedom and services for low-income women across the country,” said Nicole Mason, the executive director of the Women of Color Policy Network.
We still don’t understand how this billboard even made it up… Or when these same conservative activist types are going to become this adamant about highlighting how many African Americans are dying because of inadequate healthcare in the hood, gang violence, the prison system, HIV/AIDS…