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.

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Comments (18)
  1. Mike says:

    So we’re fine celebrating the right to kill babies but we shouldn’t have the right to talk about it or debate it because that ‘upsets people.’ Yea, our nation is pretty much doomed at this point.

    1. prayfortheunborn says:

      When will the black population realize that planned parenthood is practicing legalized genocide on the black race in this country?

  2. Les says:


  3. I know too much says:

    Is mom going to give back the fee she got for her kid’s picture?

    1. matt says:

      she wouldnt be collecting any fee, it was a STOCK photo.
      You know too little. stupid. stop talking.

  4. pugphan says:

    Oh come on already, it the truth, get over it, it’s reality.

  5. Lisa says:

    Well said…

    Mom signed the release….Mom owes the apology.
    I wonder if she’s a mortgage victim too….

  6. Ellen says:

    Tell mom to losen up. Nobody would know who this little girl was if mom didn’t open up her mouth and demanded an apology. Looks like mom wants the publicity more so then protection her child from unwanted attention.

    1. Timmay says:

      Mom is probably looking for some money…mental anguish, etc. The picture depicts a beautiful little girl, the essence of life…they did not display an image of an aborted baby.

      And one more point….“I’m glad it’s not up there, upsetting people, anymore,” added Paige Berges of Midtown”. So are we only allowed to put up billboards of butterflies, rainbows, kittens or calvin klein models? Abortion is an upsetting issue but one that should be open to public debate and discourse.

  7. says:

    Mom signed the release….Mom owes the apology.
    I wonder if she’s a mortgage victim too….

  8. Tastes Like Chicken says:

    Sam, it’s a anti-abortion billboard. Not a pro-abortion billboard.

  9. taiki says:

    Janice, in these cases, parents do not “receive money” when they “sign away” the rights to their children’s photos being used–said “usage” usually understood to be just in advertising for the agency/photo studio itself. Moreover, how would you like it if I got a hold of your high school yearbook picture (which I could do if you had it taken at a regular photo studio) and used it in advertising, say, for a brothel I’m running in Las Vegas? I’d bet you’d want an apology too, regardless of the “rights” you’d signed away.

    1. Janice says:

      In any event, she signed a contract and according to her original interview she clearly indicated that she signed away all rights to how the photo was to be used. Further she said that she “just didn’t expect” the photo to be used on a billboard. She’s an adult – she should have thought about that when she signed a contract. Now, she’s backpedalling and demanding an apology? For what? There is no reported breach of contract here. Notice she’s asking for an apology from the people who legally purchased the photo. If anyone should give her an apology (and I do not believe she’s entitled to one) it should be the agency she signed the contract with not Life Always who has NO OBLIGATION to her.
      As for me wanting an apology in your hypothetical situation – your assumption couldn’t be further from the truth. I’m a big girl and intelligent enough to know what I sign and the consequences or ramifications of my actions… If I signed a release of my photo and you legally bought it – then there would be nothing to do.

    2. nathan says:

      Im a a print model. We know that when you do stock fotos, they can be used anywhere and everywhere forever. They also don’t pay very well. But ppl do them to get a foot in the door of the industry. This was a bit much and they took the pic down. Asking now for an apology is a bit much.

  10. Nichole says:

    I’m strongly pro-abortion, but I agree with Janice. A stock image is a stock image, and although I disagree with the sentiment, this is an inoffensive and effective ad based on statistical data.

    1. Janice says:

      Nichole, for me this is not about abortion. A stock image is a stock image. Rights were knowingly released and the photo was purchased legally. That kid could have been anyone’s kid. This mother is no more special than anyone else who would have signed the same thing. She is entitled to NOTHING.

  11. Janice says:

    She’d sit there and wait for all eternity if I were the head of Life Always. She signed a release for her kid’s image to be used when she accepted the money, and now she has the audacity to want and EXPECT an apology for signing away her rights….? Stupid woman.

    1. Sam says:

      Janie you’re stupid. The majority of people wouldn’t reasonably expect that getting pictures taken by a photographer and giving him rights to use means that your child would end up on a FLIPPIN abortion billboard. In most cases these photographers get the rights to use it in their own portfolios. She didn’t get paid for this photo and her underage child should not have been featured on this type of billboard regardless of what she signed with that greedy photog.

      She is probably not going to get any apology because the two “men” who head up Life Always are right wing nuts, the same black male nut who called for a violent uprising if the republicans didn’t win in the midterm elections last year. We all see how that turned out

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