Pro-Life Billboards Stir Controversy in Georgia

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Pro-life billboards in black neighborhoods across Atlanta, Ga. are hitting nerves on both sides of the issue of abortion.

The message is simple: that black children are an "endangered species" because of "too many abortions" in the black community. The billboards were put up by pro-life African Americans.

Of the 35,000 women in Georgia who received abortions in 2008, nearly 21,000 were black women - more than twice the number of white women. It has become a heated debate among many African Americans.

For more on the ads, CBN News spoke with Ryan Bomberger, who's behind the billboard campaign, and Day Gardner of the National Black Pro-Life Union.  Click play for their comments on reaction to the billboards.

"My people are dying and nobody cares that my people are dying," said Catherine Davis, director of minority outreach for Georgia Right to Life. "And I want people to look at this and ask, 'Is there any truth to what we are saying?'"

"To a black woman when you talk about not being able to control the timing and the spacing of our children guess what that harkens back to? Slavery," said Loretta Ross, executive director of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective in Atlanta. "Why should we be discriminated against and have you suggest that it's for the good of the race."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says black women are three times more likely to get an abortion than white women.

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