Chicago Abortion Fund: Anti-Choice Billboards Shame Black Women

March 29, 2011

Chicago Abortion Fund Opposes Racist Anti-Choice Billboard Featuring Obama's Face, Chicago
(anti-choice billboard image via Feministing)

Third Wave grant partner Chicago Abortion Fund released this statement today, denouncing a new series of anti-choice billboards targeting communities of color — this time, in their hometown Chicago:

Chicago Abortion Fund (CAF) is against the billboard being unveiled at 58th and State Streets on the South Side of Chicago on Tuesday, March 29, 2011. The ongoing anti-choice movement to target women of color in cities across the country is both despicable and deplorable. Not only is the ad attempting to shame black women but placing a picture of the President Obama alongside the message stoops to a new low. CAF demands that elected officials and community leaders immediately reject this racist billboard campaign.

Life Always, the organization responsible for the billboard, is just one of the many anti-choice organizations seeking shock value through a message that many don’t believe. These organizations and their billboard campaigns fail to address the social conditions that create the need for abortions, including poverty and a lack of access to contraception and reproductive health care.

Says Gaylon Alcaraz, executive director of the Chicago Abortion Fund, “These people who insist on shoving down our throats their anti-women messages through lies and misleading information should be ashamed of themselves. Women have a legal right to access abortion services and should not be shamed regarding the personal choices they make. Abortion is a personal decision, not a political discussion. We will not be moved by this anti-choice attempt to hijack our communities. Only we, women of color, can speak for our communities. Only we, women of color, know what is best for our families.”

Last year, similar billboards first began to appear in Georgia. Third Wave grant partner SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW successfully mobilized their community and allies in Atlanta to denounce the billboards and speak to the truth of black women’s fight for reproductive freedom.

For more on the network of anti-choice organizations funding these billboards, check out Miriam Zoila Pérez’s investigation at Colorlines.

Update (March 30, 2011): Gaylon Alcaraz on NBC Chicago, at yesterday’s protest against the billboards:

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4 Comments
  1. Check out this article I wrote on this subject for News & Letters:

    http://newsandletters.org/Issues/2010/Mar-Apr/warMarApr_10.asp

    I hope there may be something in it you can use in some way.

    For freedom,
    Terry

    Comment by Terry Moon — March 30, 2011 @ 12:33 am

  2. Lack of access? Lack of access! Planned Parenthood is SO there with contraceptives to hand out, and has been for decades. That cannot be an excuse. Why will you not see the real perp in this picture, Margaret Senger who founded Planned Parenthood? Sanger suggested the answer to poverty and degradation lay in smaller numbers of blacks. She convinced black civic groups in Harlem of the “benefits” of birth control, under the cloak of “better health” (i.e., reduction of maternal and infant death; child spacing) and “family planning.” So with their cooperation, and the endorsement of The Amsterdam News (a prominent black newspaper), Sanger established the Harlem branch of the Birth Control Clinical Research Bureau.

    Prior to 1939, Sanger’s “outreach to the black community was largely limited to her Harlem clinic and speaking at black churches.” Her vision for “the reproductive practices of black Americans” expanded after the January 1939 merger of the Clinical Research Bureau and the American Birth Control League to form the Birth Control Federation of America. She selected Dr. Clarence J. Gamble, of the soap-manufacturing company Procter and Gamble, to be the BCFA regional director of the South.

    Gamble wrote a memorandum in November 1939 entitled “Suggestions for the Negro Project,” in which he recognized that “black leaders might regard birth control as an extermination plot.” He suggested black leaders be placed in positions where it would appear they were in charge. Yet Sanger’s reply reflects Gamble’s ambivalence about having blacks in authoritative positions:

    “I note that you doubt it worthwhile to employ a full-time Negro physician. It seems to me from my experience … that, while the colored Negroes have great respect for white doctors, they can get closer to their own members and more or less lay their cards on the table, which means their ignorance, superstitions and doubts. They do not do this with white people and if we can train the Negro doctor at the clinic, he can go among them with enthusiasm and … knowledge, which … will have far-reaching results among the colored people.”

    Sanger knew blacks were a religious people—and how useful ministers would be to her project. She wrote in the same letter:

    “The minister’s work is also important and he should be trained, perhaps by the Federation as to our ideals and the goal that we hope to reach. We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”

    You can read more at this link:
    http://www.citizenreviewonline.org/special_issues/population/the_negro_project.htm

    Still think Planned Parenthood is in your court? Think again… Just look at where they place their abortion mills. Just look at the skyrocketing numbers of blacks being exterminated. Just look … before there are none left to see.

    Comment by Dyanne Roper — March 30, 2011 @ 4:26 am

  3. [...] Fund’s executive director Gaylon Alcaraz describes the scene at a protest against the new anti-abortion billboards in Chicago: As black women gathered to protest and demand the removal of those signs, which were posted up in [...]

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  4. I’m so glad these women spoke against this complete atrocity. I was flabbergasted when I saw the ad, it is blatantly racist and misogynistic. The first woman basically hit the nail on the head with everything she said. Thanks for posting.

    Comment by Andrea Rizo — April 16, 2011 @ 9:16 pm

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