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Latino Daily News

Saturday June 18, 2011

Latino Targeted Anti-Abortion Billboard Campaign Stops

Latino Targeted Anti-Abortion Billboard Campaign Stops

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A controversial ad campaign directed at Latina women in Los Angeles has been pulled after complaints from pro choice organizations mounted.

The billboard read in both English and Spanish that “the most dangerous place for a Latino is in the womb,” and was deemed “racist” and “offensive” by advocacy groups. When asked if Texas Gov. Rick Perry agrees with the billboard’s message, a spokeswoman said the governor “supports any effort to discourage abortion.”

Kicking off the ad campaign last week, anti-abortion Latino group Manto de Guadalupe hosted an event called “Unidos por la Vida” (United for Life), inviting Perry to speak at the California-based rally.

During his talk, Perry took aim at the Obama administration for, “transforming abortion into a U.S. export,” and, “breaking faith with the nation’s founding principles,” by endorsing taxpayer-funded embryonic stem cell research, the Associated Press reported.

Alfonso Aguilar, executive director of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles – the group behind the billboards – told the Daily Caller, “It’s clear that Latinos are being targeted by organizations that promote abortion like Planned Parenthood, [because] many of their clinics are in Latino neighborhoods and communities.”