Is Ohio's Largest Abortion Provider Targeting Black Neighborhoods in Cleveland?

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Posted: Jan 08, 2018 3:30 PM
Is Ohio's Largest Abortion Provider Targeting Black Neighborhoods in Cleveland?

Over at RedState, Jennifer Van Laar had a rather disturbing post coming out of Ohio. There appears to be a campaign from an abortion provider, Preterm, that is specifically targeting the black community in Cleveland. Van Laar cited local residents who took photos of the billboards. Some doulas have called the campaign racist, with the outrage becoming loud enough that members of the city council have reached out to Preterm to have a conservation with their executive’s leadership about the controversy. The signs read, “abortion is good medicine” and “abortion is necessary.”

The billboards outraged Cleveland radio host Darvio Morrow, who is black.

“They are outright targeting black people and trying to put a happy face on abortion. I am appalled by this,” he said.


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The billboards began to pop up after the New Year (via Cleveland.com):

Preterm, the largest abortion clinic in the state, has launched a billboard campaign across Greater Cleveland that aims to "shift the public conversation on abortion away from the black-and-white political rhetoric."

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We want to push people to think about abortion in new, diverse ways with these billboards," Nancy Starner, Preterm's director of development and communications, said in a news release. "We want the people in our community who have had abortions to know that they're not alone."

So, this diverse campaign is only meant for black communities? Also, there’s no way to spin away that abortion is the termination of a baby. The stages of fetal development are quite clear that what’s going on is the legal termination of a child’s life. There’s nothing “new” about this debate, other than some providers, like Preterm apparently, trying to use Orwellian tactics to convince people that abortion is “good medicine.” Van Laar added that Basheer Jones, a newly elected city councilman, has reached out to discuss this matter with Preterm, which he shared on social media.