Loretta J. Ross is national coordinator of SisterSong Reproductive Justice Collective in Atlanta. So why is her voice largely missing in media reports about “black genocide” billboards in her own backyard?
The abortion rate for black women is higher than for any other group. But anti-choicers exploit and distort facts to serve their agenda while ignoring the fundamental reason women have abortions: unintended pregnancy.
In an examination of rumors being spread by anti-choicers that high rates of abortion among black women are due to a campaign of “racial genocide,” the New York Times once again failed to provide relevant evidence, data or balance on issues of critical importance.
Anti-choice groups have rented billboards throughout Atlanta seeking to undermine women’s rights. The billboards are owned by CBS Outdoors. Yes, that CBS.
Google “black genocide” and a multitude of web sites indicting Planned Parenthood and other health providers for perpetrating genocide on black people fill the computer screen. It’s tempting to scoff at such claims as the delusional ranting of the lunatic fringe, but that wouldn’t be wise.