If you're like me, you were disgusted by the Center for Reproductive Rights' new ad which celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court's ruling in Roe v. Wade:
There's so much wrong with this video... here are just a few things off the top of my head:
1.) Everyone has their opinion and political issues they champion. I am pro-life and therefore disagree with pro-choicers, but I still held respect for them and their First Amendment rights. That was, until this video was released. What ever happened to pro-choicers' general agreement that abortion is bad thing and should be "safe, legal and rare"?
2.) Instead of acknowledging the moral complications of abortion, the Center for Reproductive Rights flaunts its amoral stance and actually tries to portray abortion as something sexy. It seems our society has turned a dangerous corner when the issue of life becomes something to mock. And for all the pro-choicers out there who complain how the radical, religious right is chipping away at abortion rights, just consider this ad and how far society has come in accepting abortion as the rule, not an exception.
3.) The video stars Mehcad Brooks, a television actor and model who appears none too concerned about the racist past of the pro-abortion movement he's now hawking for.
4.) It's also important to note that abortion disproportionately affects the African-American community more than any other ethnic group in America. Black women are three times more likely to have an abortion than white women. Although African-Americans make up just 12.6% of the population, they received 30% of the 1.2 million abortions in 2008 -- that's an average of 1,000 aborted black babies per day.
5.) When African-American babies aren't being aborted, they're being left behind. Seventy-two percent of black children today are being raised in a single-parent household. But Brooks proudly proclaims in this ad that abortion is there to "take care of the problem." He rejects the notion that anyone should put limits on abortion and on him. The "limit" illegal abortion would put on a guy is "punishing" him with kids, i.e. responsibilities. (Ick!) This sort of irresponsible thinking is only perpetuating the degradation of women and the decline of the African-American family.
What do you think? What was your reaction to the video?