The Radiance Foundation and the Coalition for Life Cleveland launched campaign to inform the public about the personal and social effects wrought by abortion. WhatAbortionReallyIs.com is placing billboards in the Cleveland metropolitan area, in addition to mounting a social media campaign that feature messages, such as: "Abortion is systemic racism," "Abortion is fake feminism," "Abortion is violence," "Abortion is lost fatherhood," "Abortion is injustice anywhere."
The effort takes off in February, Black History Month, and is being led by author and activist Ryan Bomberger of The Radiance Foundation. "Abortion is epidemic among black Americans. As fatherlessness has drastically increased, so has poverty. Father abandonment leaves behind vulnerable families. Predatory profiteers, like the abortion industry, depend on vulnerable communities," said Bomberger, according to a news release. "No one needs abortion. Everyone needs love and support." Bomberger was adopted after his mother decided to bring him to full-term, rather than aborting her pregnancy.
In Ohio, African Americans represent 12 percent of the population. However, they accounted for 44 percent of Ohio's 20,672 abortions in 2016. Throughout the Buckeye State, 79 percent of all abortions are among unmarried women. "As a pastor I am pro-life, pro-family and pro-community. When anything comes against my stance on these issues, it is time to make a stand for what is right. Choosing LIFE is right," said Pastor Greg McCurry of New Beginning Ministries in Cleveland. "Clevelanders cannot remain silent in the face of such obvious racial targeting. To be silent is to approve of it," demands Cleveland Right to Life's President, Molly Smith. "The cornerstone of the law is the sanctity of Life," said Pastor Walter Moss from Canton, Ohio, a member of the National Black Prolife Coalition.
Pastor Greg McCurry
The Radiance Foundation ad campaign seeks to counter the 16 billboards that Preterm -- Ohio's largest abortion facility -- has placed that proclaim that "Abortion is sacred," "Abortion is a necessary," "Abortion is gender equality," and "Abortion is good medicine."
Alveda King, the niece of Martin Luther King, Jr., has endorsed the campaign saying: "How can the dream survive if we murder our children?" Another supporter of the Radiance Foundation and its work is pro-life author and activist Star Parker, a former Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives.