Dueling Billboards in the Abortion War: Peace Begins in the Womb

Many Cleveland area residents have noticed several billboards put up recently by an abortion clinic stating, “I’m grateful for my abortion.” This clinic performs abortions through the 20th week of pregnancy, the legal limit in Ohio. In response, Feminists for Life (FFL) will be installing three new PEACE BEGINS IN THE WOMB™ billboards, starting on June 5.

The Peace billboards will be located on Chester Ave. (E. of E. 59 St.), Brookpark Rd. (W. of W. 33 St.), and Rocky River Dr. (S. of Lorain Ave.), for four weeks.

“FFL’s entire billboard fundraising campaign came not from grants, corporate donors, or government funding, but rather from grassroots organizing,” said Marilyn Kopp, Feminists for Life’s volunteer project coordinator for the Cleveland billboard campaign. “We are feminists who believe in non-violent, empowering choices for women and their children. Our voices are strong in declaring that PEACE BEGINS IN THE WOMB.”

According to the Guttmacher Institute, the former research arm of Planned Parenthood, things have gotten worse for the most vulnerable. Among women who are seeking abortions:● 75% are the poor and working poor,● 59% are already mothers,● 61% are women of color. “These underserved women and children at risk are no less valuable or important than others,” said FFL President Serrin Foster. “In fact, half of all abortions are repeat abortions, proving abortion solves nothing.” Feminists for Life of America recognizes that abortion is a reflection that our society has failed to meet the needs of women. We are dedicated to systematically eliminating the root causes that drive women to abortion — primarily lack of practical resources and support — through holistic, woman-centered solutions. Women deserve better than abortion. Ms. Foster congratulates all of those who contributed to the billboard project and hopes that all women in need find the help they truly deserve. If you or someone you know is pregnant or parenting and needs help, contact info@feministsforlife.org, click the Resources tab, and then choose the section(s) with information relevant to you or the person in need, whether for pregnant women, expectant fathers, parents, birthmothers, or especially those who are financially challenged, including students. To learn about the controversy earlier this year with a similar billboard in NY, visit here.