Plan B: Anti-choice Group Puts President Obama on Billboard

By Sexual Correspondent Andrea (AJ) Plaid

Hat tip to reproductive-rights activist Shelby Knox for this:  today the anti-choice group Life Always, the group behind the billboard that was taken down in New York City due to the melding of online and offline activism, reveals its latest billboard in a press conference in Chicago.

According to Life Always’ press release, about 30 of these outdoor ads will be place around Chicago’s South Side, where President Obama served as a community organizer and where First Lady Obama grew up.  So, since using the image of a darling little Black girl stirred up a fiasco instead collective guilt over not wanting to carry a fetus to term,  the group decides to go for double-barrel sentimentality with the placement of this message: the soft spot that some Chicagoans have for their  hometown heroes and connecting the termination of a pregnancy to the nationalist trigger-word of “genocide.”

To further push the racial-guilt sappiness, Life Always Board Member Reverend Derek McCoy, one of the attendees at today’s press conference said, “Our future leaders are being aborted at an alarming rate. These are babies who could grow to be the future Presidents of the United States, or the next Oprah Winfrey, Denzel Washington or Maya Angelou.”

::Direct laser side-eye::

What would be great is if any or all of these celebrities–especially the POTUS and the FLOTUS–publicly told the anti-choice group to get their names out of the group’s mouth because they’re not feeling the anti-choice  message.

According to Huffington Post Chicago, other leaders joining Rev. McCoy include “former 2nd Congressional district GOP candidate Rev. Isaac Hayes, Rev. Ceasar LeFlore, [sic] and Pastor Stephen Broden, an anti-choice activist who ran for office as a Republican in Texas last year.” The press conference for the first billboard, to be hung in an empty lot at 5812 S. State Street, Chicago, will be held at 11AM.

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  • Anonymous

    All these guys are all about are slut-shaming and meddling in other people’s affairs. They don’t care about kids — otherwise, they wouldn’t be hyping up their rhetoric in an election year. I don’t think it’s an accident that they started this rhetorical garbage after Obama was elected. Now, with this billboard, they’re only being more and more honest about their true intentions.

    The more they hype themselves up, the more Republican state legislators put forth laws like “banning targeting women based on race for abortion” in Georgia (I forget whether it was passed or not) and “banning abortions on the basis of race and sex,” like what was passed in Arizona. They’re the James O’Keefes of the anti-abortion movement.

    I remember posting some comments on some woefully awful anti-abortion video this black girl posted, supporting anti-abortion efforts in Ohio to ban abortions after hearing a fetal heartbeat. I had a free masonist (!) post some nonsensical gibberish at me, and I had one bleeding heart (yeah, I’ll call her that!) claim that her pro-life friend totally cares about the kids! She volunteers and stuff!

    Yeah, but her beliefs support retrograde garbage that makes women’s bodily autonomy the concerns of the state. I don’t care how good-hearted she feels as long as she admits philosophical commonality with Randall Terry of Operation Rescue. I don’t think so.

  • Anonymous

    A good starting point for anti-abortion groups like this one would be to display some concern for people after they’re born.

  • bobby

    Conservatives have a strange way of connecting with POC.

  • Rzr2465

    Worthless dialogue on their part. Just more of the same demagoguery and fanatical grandstanding which attempts to pass for meaningful expression. Waste of money as well.

  • Maureen O’Danu

    Thanks for this guys. The billboard spewed out a lot of anger in me, resulting in a really ranty post on my own blog, which wouldn’t have come to be if you hadn’t said all this first.

  • Anonymous

    OK. If you agree with the sentiment, why not put your face on the billboard?? How come the billboards are appropriating other people’s faces instead of saying – the next possible Rev. Isaac Hayes (really? there’s a Rev. Isaac Hayes??) is aborted every 21 minutes?

    Or what about people who’ve been dead a long time? I always get emails from pro-life friends that talk about Beethoven or Einstein being aborted.

    I am thoroughly annoyed at these folks and their tactics. I’m pro-choice, but I get the non-fanatical, non-racist pro-lifers. I actually even get the semi-fanatical ones. Just not the racist ones.

  • miga

    Yes, because they REALLLY care about nurturing our future leaders, what with all the funding for pre/post natal health, nutrition, and education we’re getting. Thanks for showing how much we’re valued!!!