The Radiance Foundation, the group that recently unveiled a series of anti-abortion billboards in Oakland, Calif., has unveiled another set of ads directed at the African-American community. According to a press release, the group will put up no fewer than 50 billboards throughout metro and downtown Atlanta, in an effort to expose what they call “the epidemic of abortion.”
The billboards liken abortion to slavery, proclaiming, “The 13th Amendment freed us. Abortion enslaves us,” with a link to the foundation’s TooManyAborted.com. The release of the billboards coincides with the June 19 anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the landmark executive order that freed millions of slaves.
The group’s “TooManyAborted” campaign is directed at Planned Parenthood, the chain of national health clinics that offers, among other things, abortion services. Since the economic downturn has left many without jobs (and health insurance), many low-income women rely on Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screenings, Pap smears, and STD tests.
The Radiance Foundation claims that there are “over 200 Title-X medical facilities” offering similar services to low-income individuals and families in Georgia. “Thousands of federally funded Title-X clinics, nationwide, provide the same ‘reproductive healthcare’ as Planned Parenthood, without committing abortions,” says the press release.
According to a study conducted by the Guttmacher Institute, “by helping women avoid unintended pregnancies and the births that would follow, the services provided at Title X–supported centers in Georgia saved $167,502,000 in public funds in 2008.”
As reader Juliamiami points out below, the release of the billboards in fact coincides with Juneteenth, the “celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States,” not the anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. We apologize for the error.