Well, it seems the lying liars in the Forced Pregnancy Brigade have reached a new low. And that's saying something.
Here at DJ! we've reported on their various scams and schemes ranging from fake abortion clinic escorts and fake pregnancy clinics to claims of murderously unsafe abortion clinics, or, more commonly, 'abortuaries'.
We've reported on their persecution/martyr mania and their ludicrous hyperbole equating abortion to the Holocaust. And, of course, they're always ready to drag out those hoary old standbys, the inevitable -- and totally false -- links between abortion and breast cancer and/or instant insanity.
Now they've sunk to race-baiting. (It's Black History Month, you see.)
Here's how Tana Ganeva at AlterNet sees it:
Creepy Billboards Accuse African-American Women of “Endangering” Black Kids
A new anti-choice campaign seeks to lower the rates of abortion in Georgia’s African-American community by
lobbying for affordable health care and access to contraceptionaccusing black women of being inadequate vessels for the propagation of the race.
The billboard campaign, created by the Radiance Foundation and Georgia’s Operation Outrage, features a really cute, unaborted child staring accusingly at female passersby thinking about contributing to the destruction of the African-American community. ”Black Children Are an Endangered Species,” it reads.
My first take was 'whaaaaaa? Black kids are a "species"???!?!!'
By the way, as a commenter there points out, the claim is utter bullshit:
Endangered? The total number of African Americans in the U.S. has risen steadily since the 1930s when the total was 11,891,143 making up 9.8% of the total U.S. population. That number has increased every single decade not only as a total (over 41 million in 2008), but also as a percentage of the population to 13.5%.
To make a claim that African Americans are “endangered” seems ridiculous on the surface, but when you look at the actual numbers it reveals itself to be a flat-out lie.
Today, a website billing itself as Black America's Daily News Source weighs in:
A controversial new anti-abortion campaign is targeting black women, but not all black women are happy about it. The ad campaign, which got started in Georgia billboards recently, depicts a picture of a black baby with the words "Black Children Are An Endangered Species."
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An accompanying video on YouTube (shown below) argues that black women are more likely to have an abortion than other women. "Abortion isn't a me issue. It's not a you issue. It's not just a woman's issue," according to the text attached to the video. It adds: "It's a human issue."
The video contends that black women abort their children at more than three times the rate of white women and twice the rate of all other races combined. "And all, the while," the video creators argue, "Planned Parenthood profits from the destruction."
Although blacks make up a third of the Georgia state population, black women accounted for the majority of abortions performed in Georgia in 2006, the Washington Post reported from data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Some black women are outraged by the ad campaign. Spelman College professor Beverly Guy-Sheftall told the Washington Post that the strategy was a gimmick. "To use racist arguments to try to bait black people to get them to be anti-abortion is just disgusting," she said.
Mary Mitchell, a columnist in Chicago, says:
Honestly, black women can't catch a break.
Black children are gunned down disproportionately in the streets, and now anti-abortion advocates are suggesting that black women are committing genocide.
And she goes on to wonder:
How often are men urged, from the pulpit, to practice safe and responsible sex?"
Where are the billboards that urge black men to marry their baby's mamas so these women see their children as blessings and not mistakes?
I went to the website so you don't have to. One of its pages is called (no shit) The Negro Project for which they get in the Waaay Back Machine to dredge up the shocking -- SHOCKING I TELL YOU -- news that Margaret Sanger, founder of the outfit that morphed into the baby-murdering Planned Parenthood, held eugenicist ideas. In the 1930s!! (Pssst, so did The Greatest Canadian, Tommy Douglas.)
Oddly, the site fails to mention that the über-evil Sanger was actually opposed to abortion.
Sanger wrote, "While there are cases where even the law recognizes an abortion as justifiable if recommended by a physician, I assert that the hundreds of thousands of abortions performed in America each year are a disgrace to civilization."
She wrote further, "No one can doubt that there are times when an abortion is justifiable but they will become unnecessary when care is taken to prevent conception. This is the only cure for abortions."
(Yes. I realize. Logic has no attractions for the lying liars.)
Ooh, I'm running out of fingers and toes. How many lies, misrepresentations, twisty-logic-pretzels, guilt-trips, and insults are we up to now?
And, of course, the sly and creepy racism of the whole thing.
Congratulations, Fetus Fetishists. I really didn't think you could disgust me further.
This takes the cake.