Abortion Billboard in Dallas Raises Outrage Over Two Key Issues

Sheer outrage exploded in the world of social media Wednesday, September 5, surrounding this Afiya Center billboard targeting black women. The abortion billboard in Dallas, Texas, proclaims:

Sheer outrage exploded in the world of social media Wednesday, September 5, surrounding this Afiya Center billboard targeting black women. The abortion billboard in Dallas, Texas, proclaims: “Black women take care of their families by taking care of themselves. Abortion is self-care.”

The Dallas-based Afiya Center, an advocacy group that focuses on women’s reproductive rights and health (including abortion), was slammed with comments that included complaints and kudos. Two key points were at the heart of the comments: 1. The issue of targeting African American women and 2. The issue of abortion.

Abortion Billboard Targets African American Women

One commenter stated, “Black communities are being targeted by the abortion industry with black women three times more likely to abort their babies than white women.”

According to the Guttmacher Institute, that statistic seems to be true. The Guttmacher Institute touts itself as “a leading research and policy organization committed to advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights.” This chart shows that in 2014, there were almost three times as many abortions among Black non-Hispanic women than White non-Hispanic women between ages 15-44.

Abortion rates by race and ethnicity

In response to the claims that The Afiya Center was targeting African American women, the organization posted this on their Facebook page:

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Christine Yount Jones
Christine Yount Jones is Content Director for Outreach Media Group. She has published several books and hundreds of articles about ministry in the last three decades. Before his death in 2003, Michael Yount and Christine had three children. Now, she and her husband, Ray Jones, together have five grown kids.

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