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Controversial Anti-Abortion Billboard In SoHo Removed

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Pressure to pull down a shocking anti-abortion billboard has worked. The controversial message, featuring a child, was on display in SoHo for days – and gone in an instant on Thursday night.

“I’m happy someone was smart enough to take it down,” Steve Ben Israel told CBS 2’s Dave Carlin.

A woman tells 1010 WINS’ Kathleen Maloney that she’s happy to see the billboard come down

A blank space is all that’s left after it took just minutes for workers to erase the message that had many New Yorkers upset for three days.

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Workers took down a controversial anti-abortion billboard in SoHo Thursday night. (Photo: Kathleen Maloney/1010 WINS)

“I think it’s racist and offensive,” Rachel Schipper said.

It was impossible to miss the building-sized anti-abortion announcement on Watt’s Street in SoHo. The controversial billboard read, “The most dangerous place for an African American is in the womb.”

“I don’t like it, so I’m glad they took it down,” Inwood resident Monica Vidal said.

“I’m glad it’s not up there, upsetting people, anymore,” added Paige Berges of Midtown.

The removal was ordered Thursday by Lamar Outdoor Advertising – three weeks before it was scheduled to come down – after a chorus of complaints and protests planned Friday by community groups, including that of the Rev. Al Sharpton.

“I think they got a lot of attention, but they may not have gotten a lot of support,” Rev. Sharpton said.

The Texas-based group behind the billboard, “Life Always,” released a statement that it “strongly disagrees with Lamar Outdoor’s decision to remove the billboard…but the billboard’s message holds true…that abortion is outpacing life in the black community.”

“The survival of our country, our nation, is tied to the woman’s womb,” Pastor Stephen Broden, of Life Always, said.

“You cannot win people to your view by offending, and insulting, and depicting people based on who they are, rather than what they decide,” Rev. Sharpton said.

“It sounds like it really got people talking and raised their awareness, and maybe that’s not a bad thing,” Schipper said.

People on both sides of the abortion issue said they’re hoping, now that the billboard is gone, that there can be thoughtful debates on what is always a tricky and emotional societal concern.

Happy the billboard is gone? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  • SeoDiger

    And what about when does this happen?  

  • kayariurl

    я буду размещать в этом топике рекламные ссылки на эротические материалы, если это тут запрещено то просто удалите этот топик, спасибо )

  • True Love

    When does the hate turn to love, seriously love one another as you love self. We are all children of one God.

  • Sherry

    Is the statement on the billboard true? I believe that it is. So why is it offensive? Why

  • Gilbert

    Some people are afraid to be confronted with their obvious guilt

  • Phyllis

    I’m very glad that this insensitive and offensive ad has been removed from sight. The money this organization spent on this ad can now be better spent counseling young men and women and teenagers about the moral, religious, social and psychological issues around abortion. They can also use that money to help those churches and organizations that share their view, to continue working on this situation in a more compassionate and sensitive manner. This issue will nevver go away. However, we should try to discuss it and plan sensible strategies to resolve it for this generation and the generations to follow. Phyllis

    • Hooneedz Kidz

      How about using that money for sex education and condoms, lots and lots of condoms.

      • Phyllis

        That’s just fine with me. Anything is better than that billboard ad. Hopefully, the lessons we learn from this incident will be permanent.

  • Killdy Mooleez


  • Disgusted

    And yet, one of the other most popular stories today is that of Sharon McDonough and how she abused her 7 children and killed countless dogs and cats in their presences. Fine example of a Mom there! Maybe abortion isn’t such a bad thing? Would all you pro-life folks rather have a child born into that kind of life?

    • Live or Die Tryin'

      Absolutely, you stinky baby snuffer you!

  • C.J.

    These women who are aborting their babies are actually probably also saving lives by not bringing any future criminals into this world.

  • CSI

    Now people could get back to there daily live of not caring for people and other things. The same people who stand there and complain are the same people who are racist them selves and have hate in there blood.

  • Shakespeare

    There is only ONE path to follow …

    W W S B D

    What Would Stephen Baldwin Do ?

    Follow the word of Baldwin and ye shall be saved (Argumentatus 3:24)

  • David Goldstein

    There is nothing racist about the billboard….the numbers don’t lie. This is a proven fact. Sometimes the truth hurts.

  • Viktor Yuschenko

    Get used to it!!
    Statistically it’s TRUE, whether it’s a message we like or not.
    Any idiot like Sharpton who waves the “racist” banner is BLIND and a hypocrite!!
    Why did Planned Parenthood’s founder, Margaret Sanger want to abort blacks?





    SINCE 1973!!

    AND OH!!


  • Jenny

    The ad was wrong in the fact that it was racist, but that’s it. Those women you electively have abortions for no other reason that for an easy way out of an unwanted situation are committing murder. I understand that there are some medical situations where the mother’s life is at risk and at that point it is up to the convictions of the mother which option she chooses to take. But if there is no reason outside of a lack of desire for a child then this action is wrong.

    A friend of mine was told to abort her daughter because she might have downs. Luckily my friend made the right decision and her daughter was born a few months later perfectly fine! I think it’s awful that abortion would be suggested just because her daughter was thought to have downs. So many people think it’s more ‘humane’ that way but the fact of the matter is that we do not have the right to stop a beating heart.

    • Douglas O

      If you want to argue that feticide SHOULD BE CONSIDERED murder, that is one thing, To say that abortion IS murder is simply contrary to fact. In most cases it is not illegal to abort a fetus in this country, and hence a woman who chooses to have an abortion is NOT commiting murder. However, you have the legal and emotional issues so hopelessly confused that I don’t think you can grasp the distinction.

    • Lauren

      The cases I know of….The women/and or couples were NOT told to have abortions….The decision was left up to them….

  • Douglas O

    Murder is a legal term, and whether feticide is murder or not is a matter of legal definition. People who use the word as a term of moral revulsion just show their ignorance. Whether or not a fetus is a human being is also a matter of definition. There are societies in which a baby is not considered a human being until it survives its tenth day after birth.

  • Sasa

    Another example of nutty Conservaties trying to shove their rascist beliefs down the throats of their fellow citizens.

    Think about that the next time you go to the ballots. These people have a radical ideological agenda and will stop at nothing.

  • Lauren

    “Samuel Joy Francis Vargas
    Lauren, I have seen most of your comments in this article. I think you are too narrow-minded to accept the naked truth”…
    You are welcome to your opinion, of course…But, you are the one who is ignorant here…
    I’m not….I know what I am talking about…
    Since I’m going to assume you are a ‘man’ here…you do not have a woman’s body…and you can’t even begin to imagine what the ‘naked truth’ is for a woman…

    • Jenny

      Again, you are making a statement without giving any facts. How exactly do you know what you are talking about? Have you had an abortion? Do you work in those clinics? Have you offered counseling to all those women who suffer depression after getting an abortion?

      You really need to back up your statements with actual information otherwise you just come off as being ignorant. I’m not trying to be mean, I’d just like to see where you are coming from.

  • Lauren

    Lauren, it’s not a matter of priority. whether I take care of chlildren in need of loving homs or not will not change the fact that abortion is murder. accuse me of neglect if you will. but abortion remains murder.”…
    Well, I do think the matter of priority is important…
    And it is YOUR belief that it is ‘murder’…
    Making abortion illegal would be more murderous in my book…

  • Lauren

    Hugo is definitely…NOT correct…

  • customizedsongwriter Mike McCracken

    We should stop Obama’s hulacaust trading innocent unborn babies for Jews in the name of Health Care making every American a baby killer paying taxes to murder babies.

  • Rhonda

    I’m glad my mother didn’t abort my youngest brother even though the doctors told her she should because she might die otherwise. She didn’t and he didn’t and I am glad. Thanks, Mom.

  • dwm

    You are either Pro Life or Pro death, it is that clear, Maybe if we called it like it is it would wake up people like this billboard.

  • Dave

    Abortion is a DEATH sentence passed on an innocent soul. Life terminated, Destiny Trauncated. Innocent blood shed for no cause. Assasins on the loose. Serial Killer…..Serial Abortionists. Death sentence passed on infants who did nothing. If serial killers (Abortionists) don’t their babies, at least, they can donate them to motherless homes. At least such kids have been given the opportunity to live.Serial Abortionists, the judge is waiting for you up there.

    • Lauren

      Oh how stupid…You arrogant fool…
      Just another idiot who thinks they speak for ‘god’…
      There are already THOUSANDS of children in the U.S. alone waiting for loving homes…Why don’t you put your priority on THAT!…

      • Ugo

        Lauren, it’s not a matter of priority. whether I take care of chlildren in need of loving homs or not will not change the fact that abortion is murder. accuse me of neglect if you will. but abortion remains murder.

  • Dr. J. Boost

    The message of this billboard was clear – but too much focused on a group that seems most gripped by the issue: “to bear or not to bear?” – not out of “choice”, but out of lack in the material substance for parenthood, out of lack in proper knowledge and medical provision for contraception, out of the false dogma by abortion fanatics who drum it out as a “right” – and I have always interpreted a ‘right’ a something to be enjoyed, but do not know one aborting would-be-mother to have “enjoyed” it.
    In short: The race in the billboard was the only thing wrong. It should have read: “The most DANGEROUS PLACE for a CHILD is in the WOMB!”

  • Paul

    As far as I am concerned racial targeting is the only thing that is wrong on this board. They probably should revise it and keep it there. It is a problem for all ethnic groups, not just AA.

  • Robert

    O man! You people are making allways some race problems from nothing. Ah same is in my country now. I begin to believe that democracy is something very very stupid. Hope that people will chose a Monarchy again one day. Better to have one dictator then 1000 idiots in parlament. I think they will stop with producing black chocolate and make only white one, because it is racist to eat black

  • Rick

    The left cannot stand to much of the truth. Pro-choice pictures of aborted babies drives them nuts…because they know deep down they are abetting homicide.

    • Lauren

      What drives me ‘nuts’ is so many so called pro-life people focusing more on zygotes and fetuses, than the suffering children already here….They are longing so much for loving homes…

  • Paul Kohloff

    sharpton should’ve been aborted

  • Philip B Kirschner

    First, lets start off by looking at where abortion came from. The American Eugenics Society was started off by Margeret Sanger. Sanger was working with doctors here in the states and hitler took notice. After the 1950’s and the war crimes tribunals, Americans became offended by the connection of eugenics to the NAZI movement in germany. This group then changed thier name to planned parenthood. Abortion got it’s start in the eugenics movement to rid the world of people with disabilities and peoiple of color.

    • Lauren

      Boy, you need to learn some women’s history….
      Abortion has been around for thousands of years…It is nothing ‘new’…And abortion wasn’t illegal in the U.S. until somewhere around the mid-late. 1800’s…
      And you ‘right-to-lifers’ latest attempts at constantly bringing up Mararet Sanger is pathetic….
      ‘Whities’ all throughout this culture were afraid of the minorities taking over, because ‘white women’ weren’t having as many babies…

  • customizedsongwriter Mike McCracken

    Abortion will always be murder of your unborn baby.
    Mommy’s Baby
    By Mike McCracken
    A baby gets conceived today
    Who’d of believed
    Mommy, I’m your baby

    Mommy knows about me
    She doesn’t seem too happy
    Don’t like the way it feels
    Because it’s real

    Mommy wakes up sick
    I’m sorry mommy
    I accidentally kick
    Please forgive me

    She calls the abortion Doctor
    Helplessly, I lay here
    Mommy please don’t kill me
    I’m your baby

    I’m starting to grow
    Mommy, I love you
    Just wanted you to know
    And I want to tell you

    We are at the abortion clinic
    She won’t go through with it
    Mommy, how could you kill me?
    I’m your baby.

    Abortion is just another name for murdering your unborn- children.

    • Lauren

      How many teenagers that are alive, and still waiting to be adopted did you talk to and love today?….

      • Samuel Joy Francis Vargas

        Lauren, I have seen most of your comments in this article. I think you are too narrow-minded to accept the naked truth…

  • Janice Cyntje

    The only problem with the ad is that it singles out one ethnic group. The ad needs to address single women because that is the group that has the majority of abortions regardless of race or class.

  • Jack

    If men were the ones giving birth, abortion would be legal everywhere in a second.

    • Lauren

      You better believe it!…
      But, men figured out a long time ago what to do about the ‘other tribes’ population growth, and finding more resources for their own tribe…
      It’s called ‘war’…Testosterone’s version of abortion…

  • mama Africa

    I belive that abortion is commiting crime on babies but why focusing on black while everybody is doing it.

  • John

    I just wonder who would protest if, instead of “Afro-American” it would have said “Caucasian-American”??

    • Lauren

      Good point….
      I’m wondering how many black teens these ‘right-to-lifers’ are adopting these days…
      There’s thousands waiting to be adopted…

      • Samuel Joy Francis Vargas

        hey! john said an anti-racist comment, not a pro-life one. Lauren, you quickly jump into conclusions. it is a very bad practice because it reduces your credibility.

  • she

    Without indicating what my personal stand is on the issue (that’s not the point I want to make here)… I just noticed or at least it appears to me that pro-abortion/pro-choice propaganda is allowed and yet an anti-abortion billboard band – is there a bias here?

    • Lauren

      I’m pro-choice, and I don’t have much of a problem with the ad…
      I think people who care more about the children who are alive now, and need homes lost an opportunity to throw that issue back at the ‘right-to-lifers’…
      They could have put up a responsive ad…

  • Lydia

    All those aborted babies are being raised in Heaven and BOTH their parents of whatever racial origin will answer to God (and maybe to the child they murdered) on judgment day. Jesus said, “Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in Heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in Heaven, For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. How think ye? If a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the 99 and go into the mountains, and seek that which is gone astray? And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the niety and nine which went not astray, Even so it is not the will of your Father which is Heaven, that one of these little ones should perish. (Matthew 18:10-14)

  • Jon

    It amazes me that Women can be anti-abortion. If they were all to unite with one voice, the old patriarchy could not force their antiquated will on them.

    • Caroline

      Oh I find it very easy.
      I’m sick of people thinking that independent women can’t support a baby’s life in the womb at the same time.
      Apparently to some, being an independent woman means supporting the slaughter of children.

  • Joe

    Pastor Stephen Broden: How dare you try to save black babies, you racist you! And just because you’re black also doesn’t change the fact that you hate black women because you don’t want them to choose death for their children. Wake up and join the liberal and free-thinking mindset of the Left. It’s the baby’s fault anyway for getting in the way of unbridled lust. Sacrifice is out of the question. Better him or her (I mean “it”) than me anyway. Pastor, what in the world were you thinking, anyway? Join Al and friends. He’ll clear things up for you.

    • Lauren

      ‘The left’ wants abortion to stay safe and legal for women…
      If you think that’s a bad thing…Well, then we differ…

  • Tiah

    This is an interesting example of how someone can take a simple statistic and use it to be racist, assuming the statistic is even correct, which it probably isn’t. How is “safest” being defined, anyway?

  • Kristan

    The statement on this billboard makes me sick to my stomach… It still amazes me that people can be this cruel and unfeeling… I’m greatful that eyesore is gone

    • HUGO

      It still amazes me that people can be this cruel and unfeeling and abort babies.

      • Lauren

        It doesn’t ‘amaze me that a man can assume a woman is being ‘cruel and unfeeling’ just because she aborts a baby…
        You are so darn ignorant about what goes on for each, and every women with this decision….

      • Samuel Joy Francis Vargas

        hugo is definitely correct.

    • molly

      EXCUSE ME? Cruel & unfeeling!!!! What about the cruel, terrible pain and suffering of the unborn child. Talk about cruel and unfeeling! You are so concerned about “your rights”, yet you fail to even take notice that a little baby’s life is going to be ripped from its mother’s womb in the most horrific and tortuous way!

      • Lauren

        Molly…Quit assuming you know what a woman is like just because she decides to have an abortion…
        All people are not the same…

    • John

      The truly cruel and unfeeling are the parents that choose to kill their baby, regardless of race. The cruel and unfeeling are those who who choose to put their head in the sand and refuse to acknowledge the “HUGE” problem we have. come on Kristan, would it have been cruel and unfeeling if your parents had decided that you were “inconvenient”?

  • Madasyn

    Ido think that it very wrong

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