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CriticalTheory_Breakfast



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http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_dnainfo/controversial-anti-abortion-billboard-shocks-soho-residents

Controversial Anti-Abortion Billboard Shocks SoHo Residents

SOHO — An anti-abortion billboard that went up in SoHo earlier this week has drawn swift criticism from residents and officials for its racial targeting of minority women.
"The most dangerous place for an African American is in the womb," reads the inflammatory ad sponsored by the Dallas-based pro-life group "Life Always."
The three-story billboard at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Watts Street features an elementary-school aged African-American girl looking out at viewers with a plaintive expression, wearing a bow in her hair and a sleeveless pink jumper dress. The ad directs passersby to the group's website, thatsabortion.com.
Life Always leader, Pastor Stephen Broden, who is African-American, said that his group intentionally released a billboard that would elicit a reaction.
"The black community is oblivious to what is going on with this practice," Broden, 58, said about abortion rates in the African-American community.
"This is far from hyperbole, these are facts and statistically back up that abortion is having an impact on the demography of African-Americans," he said.
According to New York City's latest Vital Statistics report with data from 2009, two out of five pregnancies in New York City end in an abortion, giving the city an overall abortion rate of 41 percent.
Among black women in New York City, the abortion rate is reportedly 59.8 percent, while the abortion rate for Hispanic women is 41.3 percent and the rate for white women is 20.4 percent. The rate for abortions among Asian women in New York is 22.7 percent.
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn both criticized the ad, with de Blasio calling for it to come down.
[Related: Mother of Girl Pictured on Anti-Abortion Billboard Wants Image Removed]
"To refer to a woman's legal right to an abortion as a 'genocidal plot' is not only absurd, but it is offensive to women and to communities of color," Quinn wrote in a statement of Broden's claim that the high abortion rates among minority women amounted to genocide.
Mae Collazo, 38, who works across the street from the billboard, said she found the billboard incredibly offensive.
"I don't like it all, what is that supposed to mean?" said Collazo, who is African American, "It makes it sound like all we do is abort our children."
Collazo added that she didn't think the higher percentage of abortions registered for African American women in New York necessarily reflect what is actually going on in the community, and questioned the source of the statistics and whether abortions conducted at private clinics are included in the statistics.
But some passersby agreed with the ad.
Patti D'Agostini, 48, who works at the Door Youth Center on Broome Street, said she works with many teen mothers.
"I don't believe in abortion," D'Agostini said. "Kids shouldn't be having sex until they're 18 anyways."
Broden said his organization will remain in the city for another three weeks before kicking off similar ad campaigns in six other cities around the country.







yuck.
Post Thu Feb 24, 2011 1:48 pm
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Finn



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Hopefully someone in that community cares enough to tear that shit down. I don't think people smash enough billboards and advertisements.
Post Thu Feb 24, 2011 1:57 pm
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Wowzers. And what's the most dangerous place for a white person? On a yacht off the coast of Somalia with Bible's in tow? Marketing reps' heads should be rolling for this one. How insensitive, racist, and stereotyping can you be? And how did they convince the photographed child's parents that this was all for a good cause? The pastor's spiel, even if based on fact, would seem to cause more negative effects than positive ones.

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Post Thu Feb 24, 2011 1:58 pm
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Pitiful. I wonder how much it costs to put advertisements there.
Post Thu Feb 24, 2011 1:58 pm
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Actually, the most dangerous place for any child is in an American hospital.

Oops.
Post Thu Feb 24, 2011 2:00 pm
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Furtherfuckingmore, the real issue isn't even abortion. It's the conditions surrounding it, like abstinence-only education, poverty, and perpetuated ideas on race, class, and gender. Way to light the strawman on fire, idiots.
Post Thu Feb 24, 2011 2:04 pm
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When I saw "that's abortioN" on the billboard I heard it sung like "that's amore" in my head.


Thaaaatts aabborrrrtionnnnnn
Post Thu Feb 24, 2011 2:57 pm
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"I don't believe in abortion," D'Agostini said. "Kids shouldn't be having sex until they're 18 anyways."


what a moron. Well, actually I retract that because we all know what happens when you turn 18... you can buy ciggies, booby porn, and a whirlwind of honeysuckle and blue birds engulf you and you become an adult.
Post Thu Feb 24, 2011 3:17 pm
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well, thats pretty offensive on multiple levels.
Post Thu Feb 24, 2011 8:53 pm
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Well if those are correct stats it must suck to be so pc that you can't identify a problem unbiasedly
Post Fri Feb 25, 2011 5:10 am
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Not all of us view abortion as a problem.
Post Fri Feb 25, 2011 7:25 am
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looks like they took the sign down already
Post Fri Feb 25, 2011 7:32 am
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Edomite wrote:
Well if those are correct stats it must suck to be so pc that you can't identify a problem unbiasedly


The stats don't imply any kind of moral stance at all, that's a naturalistic fallacy and even if you ignore that, they don't imply anything about the solution the people putting up the billboard are advocating. The suggestion that there are people in the womb, is not a fact. It is a belief. One that ignores that the many other possible opinions about the matter, and trying to pass itself off as fact. It's a way of framing the issue that is not useful. And fuck that calling people 'PC' bullshit. GTFO.
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Oh Daesu wrote:
Edomite wrote:
Well if those are correct stats it must suck to be so pc that you can't identify a problem unbiasedly


The stats don't imply any kind of moral stance at all, that's a naturalistic fallacy and even if you ignore that, they don't imply anything about the solution the people putting up the billboard are advocating. The suggestion that there are people in the womb, is not a fact. It is a belief. One that ignores that the many other possible opinions about the matter, and trying to pass itself off as fact. It's a way of framing the issue that is not useful. And fuck that calling people 'PC' bullshit. GTFO.


we have a winner here people!
Post Fri Feb 25, 2011 12:46 pm
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