Happy hump day, everybody! Here's what's in store for your commute home: An extremist group of religious right-wingers from Mexico City has erected a pro-life billboard at the corner of Figueroa Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard in South Los Angeles [OC Weekly].
It's the evil, badly designed cousin of that infamous billboard in Manhattan's Soho district which read, “The most dangerous place for an African-American is in the womb.” (During Black History Month, no less.) This time, though, psychotic pro-lifers are targeting L.A.'s fastest-growing population:
Latinos. (A group that now makes up more than half the city, in case you hadn't noticed; especially Exposition Park/South L.A., where the billboard glowers down.)
The message — “El lugar más peligroso para un Latino es el vientre de su madre” — hinges on a similar statistic as the billboard targeting black women. The OC Weekly translates an explanation from Unidos por la Vida's webiste:
“22 percent of all abortions in the United States each year happen among Latina women, and it's 2.7 times more likely that they will have an abortion than a white, non-Hispanic woman, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control.”
The problem in our communities is not abortion. What Latinas/os truly need to thrive is access to quality health care, good paying jobs to support their families, and quality education to provide positive life opportunities. “Despite Latinas experiencing multiple socio-economic disparities, Latinas still have high positive pregnancy and birth outcomes,” says Marisol Franco, Director of Policy and Advocacy. “As a matter of fact, one can say a Latina womb is the safest place for a wanted Latino baby. These ads divert attention from Latinas'/os' real everyday concerns and thwart efforts to eradicate persistent systemic inequities.”
Updates to come.