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The billboard reads, “El lugar mas peligroso para un Latino es el vientre de su madre,” i.e., “The most dangerous place for a Latino is in the womb.”
According to The Daily Caller on June 7:
A Latino advocacy group is charging that abortion providers are targeting their communities, making their frustration known with a jumbo billboard campaign in Los Angeles, California.
“It’s clear that Latinos are being targeted by organizations that promote abortion like Planned Parenthood,” said Alfonso Aguilar, executive director of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, the group behind the billboard. “Many of their clinics are in Latino neighborhoods and communities.”
The ads [are] set to be plastered in LA this week….
According to the Center for Disease Control, 22% of abortions performed in America are done on Latinos, making them 2.7 times more likely to abort than non-Hispanic whites.
The ad campaign is meant to kick off a pro-life event called “Unidos por la Vida” (United for Life) Sunday at the LA Sports Arena. The gathering will be sponsored by the pro-life Latino group Manto de Guadalupe.
… which leads to the other half of the story:
Founded by Eduardo Verástegui in December 2005, Mantle of Guadalupe has the dual mission of providing assistance to minor pregnant women while promoting adoption; and better shelter conditions for impoverished families in underserved regions.
But pro-lifers got to know Eduardo when he starred in the pro-life movie Bella, and outward sign that he was redirecting his life to help others, in particular pregnant mothers in crisis.
In fact, Eduardo announced plans in January “to build the largest pro-life clinic in the U.S. to be located in Los Angeles,” according to Zimbio.com.
… which brings us back to the billboard campaign and the Unidos por la Vida/United for Life event to be held this Sunday. It is a benefit to fund that clinic:
No surprise, pro-abortion ideologues are furious about the billboard campaign. From the Abortion Gang blog:
Late this afternoon I received an email with a link to this article about racist anti-abortion billboards. Great, I thought, more of the same bulls***. I opened the link, prepared to be disgusted, and my blood pressure shot through the roof….
These billboards are beyond offensive. They take advantage of deeply rooted, dangerous attitudes about race and genocide. They seek to splinter minority communities, igniting a non-existent battle around women who are supposedly the cause of their own community’s extinction.
A Daily Kos blogger called the campaign “awfully frustrating” and “another hit piece on Planned Parenthood, this time in the Latino community.”
Sorry, but the “frustrating” truth always prevails. Get tickets for Unidos por la Vida here.
[Photo of Verástigui via EduardoVerastegui.com]