Girl’s Mom Sues Over ‘Defamatory’ SoHo Anti-Abortion Billboard

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A New Jersey mother is suing the anti-abortion organization that used her 6-year-old daughter’s image on a massive billboard in SoHo that some people denounced as racist and offensive.

Tricia Fraser filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the Texas-based group Life Always, which put up the billboard earlier this year before it was taken down.

Life Always did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The billboard pictured Fraser’s daughter, who is black, along with the words, “The most dangerous place for an African-American is in the womb.”

The lawsuit claims the use of her daughter’s image was “defamatory, unauthorized and offensive. The suit also calls the billboard “racist.”

Though the photograph was obtained legally, the lawsuit claims its license prohibited the use of the image in “defamatory” ways.

Back in February, Pastor Stephen Broden, of Life Always, argued that the billboard was meant to broadcast the message that abortion was outpacing life in the black community.

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

However, others, including Rev. Al Sharpton, had argued otherwise.

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

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One Comment

  1. John Jakubczyk says:

    This is just another example of the pro-abortion mentality attempting to intimidate free speech. The message is not racist. The picture was legally obtained. The organization followed all the rules for putting up the billboard.
    I hope the judge throws out the lawsuit and sanctions the lawyer for filing it. And since when does ANYONE give Al Sharpton any credence? The man lied about Twana Brawley, hasn’t paid income taxes for years, and has no clue who Pastor Broden is. Sharpton is an embarrassment to the Black community. He has no credibility and should amend his ways before judging others..

  2. I fail to see the racism being alleged. According to the 2009 NYC Vital statistics data 60% of black pregnancies ended in abortion, while whites saw 20% of theirs end in abortion. Those aren’t pro-life data, but the government’s.

    Thus, while six out of ten black babies are dismembered in the womb, and eighty percent of whites make it out alive, the billboard’s assertion is objectively true and supported by the government’s own data. Add to that the fact that Planned Parenthood operates 78% of their clinics in inner city neighborhoods and that they are the nation’s largest abortion provider, and one cannot help but ask why?

    The black community cannot long sustain such genocidal numbers and targeting by Planned Parenthood, a billion dollar a year corporation operating 78% of their operations in neighborhoods where blacks and Hispanics make up only approximately 30% of the US population.

  3. MST says:

    i agree, Beekay. I am African American and I do not find the billboards offensive or “racist” in any way. This woman might have a difficult time proving her case in court.

  4. KPMc says:

    So… you sold your child’s image for profit… knowing it could be sold to anyone for commercial use…. and now you’re going to sue over it. Here’s a tip parents… don’t use your children to make money as you are the one’s exploiting them… not the people who legally paid for the use of the image.

    1. Raymond says:

      I’ve told you before, KP MC…put DOWN the Big HAMBURGER, pick UP an education.

      1. KPMc says:

        No… I don’t think I’ve ever addressed you before or even recognized you asa poster here but if you have some kind of point to make give it an attempt. Otherwise I have no clue what you are talking about. If you are disputing something I said please reference it or else don’t bother making nonsensical comments. It reflects poorly on YOUR “education”

  5. beekay says:

    The billboard is not racist. The rates of abortion ARE significantly higher among Blacks. Instead of being offended at the billboard, people should be offended at the abortion statistics within the Black community and do something to counter the disproportional abortion rates. Maybe that was the error of the organization, the billboard should have contained a startling statistic in addition to its provoking statement. I think the mother and those who protested the billboard have entirely missed the point!

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