Abortion Billboards

Abortion Billboards
Tammy Odom
Colorado Technical University
Kristina Nelson
March 8, 2010
The controversial issue in the headlines today deals with abortion billboards that are being put up in black neighborhoods in Atlanta, Georgia. The issue surrounding this controversy according to Osunsami (2010), the words “endangered species” are written across the face of a young black child because the message is that there are too many abortions in the black community. The message that has been received from these billboards is that black children are extinct due to abortions. The individuals being affected by these signs are black women whom find the message offensive.
These women feel that the anti-abortion group can get their point across without specifically targeting the black community. The issue surrounding abortion has been ongoing for a number of years, but it is unclear how long the billboards have been put up. Due to the fact that black women feel as though they are being targeted, the possible consequences surrounding these billboards could spark racial tension between the two groups even though the group that put the signs up is also black. Also instead of the signs intended purpose of trying to raise awareness, this could also create tension in the neighborhoods.
Abortion in itself is a complex issue and raises questions that are ethical, legal, and psychological. There are those whom defend the right of women to choose to have an abortion called pro-choice and those whom oppose called pro-life. According to Minderovic (2008), “Pro-life discourse often draws its strength from the Christian axiom about the sanctity of life, while pro-choice thinking proceeds from the belief that an individual has the freedom to act in her best interest.” From both sides of these groups, their emotions surrounding abortion are based on feelings and beliefs.
My current take on abortion is general is that even though I do...