A pro-abortion group has placed head-turning billboards along busy interstates in Oklahoma City, according to published reports.
What group is promoting them?
Emma Newberry-Davis, a spokesperson for Reproductive Justice, said the billboards went up Monday and will remain in place for a month. They not timed with any political activities, she told The Oklahoman.
But the billboards are tied to confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, according to Newberry-Davis. Abortion-rights advocates fear Kavanaugh’s conservative leanings could tip the high court to the right and possibly reverse or weaken the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion.
Reproductive Justice claims the campaign is part of a faith-based initiative to raise the voices of clergy members who want to show they support women regardless of whether they decide to have an abortion.
The non-profit group’s promotional signs are concentrated on Interstate 35 and Interstate 44 both north and south of Oklahoma City.
Eight billboards in the area feature messages such as “People of faith love those who have abortions” and “God loves those who have abortions.”
Religious groups that oppose abortion are more prevalent in Oklahoma.
Has this happened elsewhere?
Oklahoma's billboards appeared after a billboards by a different group caused a stir in Dallas, Texas, TheBlaze previously reported.
The Afiya Center kicked off a controversy after posting a Facebook photo of its billboard that states “Abortion Is Self-Care.” Pro-life advocates strongly opposed the billboard’s message, and its use of black women in the ad.
In response to the billboard, pastor Stephen Broden and the Black Pro-Life Coalition put up a billboard that states: “Abortion is not healthcare. It hurts women and murders their babies.”
According to the Right to Life Michigan website, percent of all abortions in the U.S. in 2014 were performed on black women. In contrast, just 13 percent of the total population is black.
Planned Parenthood’s website states that about 360,000 of its 2.4 million patients are black.