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Mother Of Girl In Anti-Abortion Billboard Wants Apology

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Controversial billboard on Sixth Ave and Watts St (Photo/Juliet Papa)

Controversial billboard on Sixth Ave and Watts St (Photo/Juliet Papa)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A New Jersey mother who was shocked to learn that her six-year-old daughter’s face was on a provocative anti-abortion billboard in SoHo said she’s angry she hasn’t received an apology from the group responsible for the advertisement.

Tricia Fraser, of Paterson, told The New York Daily News she was outraged by the ad. It said, “The most dangerous place for African-Americans is in the womb.” The billboard was erected about a half-mile from a Planned Parenthood facility on Bleecker Street.

Fraser says the picture was taken at a modeling agency two years ago. She says she knew it could wind up being used as a stock photograph but didn’t expect anything like this.

The billboard was taken down after residents complained.

“I don’t like it, so I’m glad they took it down,” Inwood resident Monica Vidal told CBS 2’s Dave Carlin.

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

A spokeswoman for the anti-abortion group that created the ad, Life Always, says it won’t use the girl’s picture again.

(© 2011 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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