• Petitioned Pam Fichter

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Missouri Right to Life
Pam Fichter

Open letter to Missouri Right to Life

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      Black Women's Reproductive Justice Network

On March 21, 2011 Missouri Right to Life posted an announcement on their Facebook page stating that they were raising money in support of a billboard campaign in Missouri.  The billboard reads: “The Most Dangerous Place for an African American is in the Womb”). This billboard campaign is both racist and sexist because it accuses Black women of being a danger to our community and violent threats to our children.  This is part of a national campaign attacking black women through the claim that abortion is black genocide. This anti-choice campaign began in Georgia.  These billboards have appeared in Atlanta, Memphis, Mississippi, New York City, Wisconsin and Chicago.

In early April, the St. Louis billboard was placed at the corner of Cass and North Jefferson. On April 13, 2011 the St. Louis African American Aldermanic Caucus sent a letter to the owner of the billboard condemning this campaign and demanding that the billboard be taken down.

The billboard has since been defaced and removed, but Missouri Right to Life continues to fundraise through this campaign online and has indicated their intent to place additional racist billboards.

Send a message to Missouri Right to Life right now - "Stop Targeting Black Women -- Abandoned this dangerous and racist campaign." 

Missouri Right to Life is shamefully using the bodies of Black women and the reproductive health disparities Black women face in a fundraising campaign and for their own political gain.  In fact, Missouri Right to Life is also against comprehensive sex education and endorses politicians who oppose many of the safety net programs some Black women rely on to take care of themselves and their families.

Join the effort to highlight the hypocrisy of Missouri Right to Life.  Tell them to stop trying to fundraise and furthering their political agenda on the backs of Black women. Abandoned this dangerous and racist campaign.  Send your letter to Missouri Right to Life today.  You can also call them: Missouri Right to Life 573-635-5110

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    • SR Miles TENINO, WA
      • over 3 years ago

      The most dangerous place for an African American (or any other race) is to be born into the hell of deprivation, toxic water, lacking health care. Your priorities seem to set your worldview. Maybe you should change your view-try seeing from the shoulders of giants.

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    • Jamie Wilson CHINCOTEAGUE, VA
      • over 3 years ago

      Stop race baiting now! It is ignorant and wrong, and stop using the President's image to make your case, as if you actually support him.

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    • Vicki Forte NORWOOD, OH
      • over 3 years ago

      Remove the racist bilboard and remember why Roe vs Wade came into effect

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    • Roxanne Oraguzie CARSON, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      Perhaps the most moronic ad campaign I've ever seen. Its already understood that the pro-life crowd does not value the body autonomy nor the intellect of the "fairer sex" but to pander to your base by no only questioning our choices, but using race-baiting propaganda and fiery rhetoric to try to change the minds of the women who have to live with the consequences really takes the cake. But I guess we owe you a bit of thanks. Your actions have backfired so epically that you've only funded support for the other side.

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    • Ruth Spalding ANN ARBOR, MI
      • over 3 years ago

      I am not from Missouri, but I find this advertisement appalling because it is racist and sexist. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

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