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From CNN this morning:

A New York billboard that focused exclusively on African-American abortion rates was taken down because of concerns for public safety, said Hal Kilshaw, spokesperson for Louisiana-based Lamar Advertising, on Thursday. The billboard was erected by group opposed to abortions.

The billboard was attached to a building that houses the restaurant Lupe’s Kitchen. Some of the wait staff, Kilshaw said, were being harassed by patrons who objected to the billboard. In addition, a scheduled protest Friday by people opposed to the billboard prompted public safety concerns, which led to the company’s decision.

Kilshaw said the controversy surrounding the billboard did not factor into the company’s decision to take it down.

In this news report, Al Sharpton says, “This proves there’s nothing like the scorn of women scorned, and these women groups, and some that were supporting them, they were able to get a quick fix….”

Contrary to Sharpton’s portrayal of the billboard’s removal, the group sponsoring the ad, Life Always, did not agree to it. From the Associated Press this morning:

A spokesman for…Lamar Advertising… said that while the company respects the right to freedom of expression, the decision to take down the billboard Thursday night was for “public safety.” He said waiters and waitresses at a restaurant in the building where the billboard was placed had been harassed.

Life Always said in a statement that it “strongly disagrees” with Lamar’s decision to remove the billboard. The organization said “the intent of the board is to call attention to the tragedy and the truth that abortion is outpacing life in the black community.”

As an aside, the mother of the girl in the photo also wanted the sign taken down, even though her daughter’s photo was obtained legally, and she had signed a release with the understanding her it might be used in ways in which she disagreed.

So far no MSM outlets have put 2 and 2 together to rightfully portray the pro-abortion community as violent, even though though that is specifically what is the problem here.

I hope Life Always gets all of its money back. Even if it not, it sure got its money’s worth. News of the ups and downs of this billboard has traveled around the world, along with its message that 60% of all black babies in NYC are aborted.

Interesting that pro-lifers are the ones being portrayed as “outrageous.”

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