On 22 January 2013, the fortieth anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) released a pro-abortion ad featuring actor Mehcad Brooks attempting to “sexualize and anthromorphize” the abortion-on-demand law. The video was labeled as “disgusting” and “creepy” by various conservative websites and blogs. According to The Gospel Coalition (TGC) blog, Ryan Bomberger, an African-American pro-lifer who runs the Radiance Foundation, said of the video:
The Center for Reproductive Rights, like Planned Parenthood, certainly understands its main demographic. Happy 40th Anniversary Baby ironically uses a man (who is normally treated as persona non grata) to pitch abortion. The fact that they use a black man just screams irony . . . with the black abortion rate as high as it is and black fathers as absent as they are, it’s just sick to see Mehcad Brooks shill for the number one killer in the black community, and the killer of 55 million plus since ’73. Source
As TGC notes, Bomberger’s words ring true as “African-American women are a prime demographic for abortionists.”
According to the National Vital Statistics Report from June 2012, African-American women experience an average of 1.6 times more pregnancies than white women, but have 5 times more abortions over their lifetime. And research released by Protecting Black Life reveals that 79% of Planned Parenthood’s surgical abortion facilities are located within walking distance of African-American and/or Hispanic/Latino communities. Source
Also outraged by this video, Townhall news editor Katie Pavlich noted:
Abortion is never something to celebrate, not to mention glorify and belittle in a disgusting, repulsive and unserious video. Abortion is a serious medical procedure with lifelong psychological consequences, something the Center for Reproductive Rights and Mehcad Brooks don’t want you, or women considering abortion, to know. Source
Yet now it seems that the Center for Reproductive Rights has removed this offensive video from YouTube. They have done so quietly, without any announcement or apology. The Counter Cultured blog calls this “a victory for the pro-life movement,” but is it? Or is it merely an attempt by CRR to scrub themselves of controversy?