Monday, August 1, 2011

“We're talking about abortion. We need to talk about the reality of what it truly is.”

On July 18, 2011, NPR’s Tell Me More program hosted a debate about life issues – specifically, addressing abortion and the African-American community.

Ryan Bomberger, co-founder of The Radiance Foundation, examined several areas of the abortion industry with Rev. Carlton Veazey, president and CEO of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice is a pro-choice advocacy organization, founded in 1973 to safegard the right to abortion.

The Radiance Foundation is “an educational life-affirming organization. Through various forms of media, speaking engagements, multi-media presentations and community outreach efforts, we illuminate the intrinsic value each person possesses. We educate audiences about pressing societal issues and how they impact the understanding of God-given Purpose. We motivate people to positively affect their families, their schools and their communities. Our combination of powerfully designed media content, thorough research and personal experiences is unmatched and connects with people cross-culturally and cross-generationally.”

A major topic of the conversation was the Too Many Aborted billboard campaign, launched by The Radiance Foundation in January 2010. The outdoor advertising campaign, with eye-catching statements like “Black Children Are An Endangered Species,” “Black & Unwanted” and “ ‘Choice’ Kills Those Without One,” seeks to highlight the disproportionate impact of abortion within the African-American community. The campaign has drawn much attention and reached several major U.S. cities, including New York City, Oakland, Calif., Atlanta, Ga., and Little Rock, Ark. To date, none of the campaigns have been removed for reasons other than the expiration of their contract. is championed by African-American civil rights leaders across the U.S., including Walter Hoye III, Dr. Alveda King, Stephen Broden, Dr. La Verne Tolbert and many others.

“Abortion has become today’s contraception. Abortion affects all of us. It’s not just a women’s issue, it’s a human issue that profoundly impacts all of us. I think offering death as a solution to any social ill is a really poor approach.”
Excerpts from Ryan Bomberger (The Radiance Foundation) on NPR

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