Ohio Right to Life launches inner city billboard campaign

CLEVELAND - Ohio Right to Life has launched a billboard campaign in inner city Cleveland hoping to reduce the growing number of African American abortions.

African American women, who make up 12.5 percent of the state's population, are having 42 percent of the abortions.

The billboards are on Woodhill Road and on Miles Avenue. However, Ohio Right to Life Public Relations Manager Katie McCann said the organization wants to see a decrease in abortion in all races.

"It's not just a Black issue," she said,  "but we appreciate that's where abortion rose, among African American women."

McCann calls Cuyahoga County, with 9,201 abortions in 2012, "Ohio's abortion capital." Of  those, 5,663 were residents and 63 percent of the residents were African American women who make up just 30 percent of Cuyahoga County's population.

"You don't have families or relationships that stay together anymore," said Milton Averette, who lives in the neighborhood where one of the billboards is located.  "It's a good message.  Whether it will have any effect, time will tell."


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