Pro-life group launches ad campaign in Florida condemning racial targeting

A pro-life group announced the launch of a controversial ad campaign this week in Florida that decries abortionists such as Planned Parenthood for targeting African American women.

Texas based pro-life advocacy group Heroic Media will run ads in Jacksonville this week. The advertisements have already been banned in New York, Chicago, Dallas and Houston, and include a billboard with the words: “The Most Dangerous Place for an African American is in the Womb.”

According to the group, an African American baby is three times more likely to be aborted than a white one. Heroic Media also noted that since 1973, abortion has reduced the black population by over 25 percent in the U.S. and that twice as many African Americans have died from abortion than the combined tolls of violent crimes, cancer, heart disease, accidents and AIDS.

“Planned Parenthood is targeting African American women and children by concentrating their abortion facilities in urban neighborhoods,” states the campaign website, “In the process, they have managed to successfully kill the hope and future of the next generation of African Americans.”

According to Fox News, however, the CEO of Planned Parenthood of North Florida Staci Fox argued that Heroic Media is spreading untrue and divisive facts.

Responding to this claim, Heroic Media cited the Centers for Disease Control, Planned Parenthood's annual report and the 2010 Census report for their figures.

Although the ads have been banned for being too controversial in numerous cities, Clear Channel Media told Fox News that the billboards met Jacksonville’s community standards, and that they will go up sometime this week.

Heroic Media explains on their website that they are a faith-based non-profit that “reduces abortion by creating a Culture of Life through television, billboard and internet advertising that connects women in crisis with life-affirming resource centers.”

Attempting to reach the demographic of women 18-34, the group says that in places where their campaigns have consistently run, the abortion ratio has dropped 24 percent.

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