Ad company to pull NYC anti-abortion billboard

February 24, 2011 8:21:20 PM PST
An outdoor advertising company says it will take down an anti-abortion billboard in New York City that pictures a black girl along with the tagline, "The most dangerous place for an African-American is in the womb."

Paul Gartland, the Northeast manager for Louisiana-based Lamar Advertising, confirmed Thursday that the company had decided to take down the billboard. Some black residents said they found it offensive.

The Rev. Al Sharpton praised the decision and canceled plans to protest the billboard.

The billboard was placed in a busy neighborhood by the group Life Always as part of a national campaign tied to Black History Month. The group says its message highlights Planned Parenthood's "targeting of minority neighborhoods."

Planned Parenthood called the advertisement a "condescending effort to stigmatize and shame African-American women."