Anti-Choice Billboards Pop Up in California, Call a Latina's Womb 'Dangerous'

Where's the most dangerous place for a Latino/a to be?
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Well, according to a throng of recently-unveiled billboards in Los Angeles, it's inside their mom's womb. 

Gabriela Valle, senior director of California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, says the billboards, which started showing up a few days ago, are the result of some "anti-choice folks on the right." One of the bigger billboards is located on the corner of Figueroa Street and  Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, she says.

The billboards read: "The most dangerous place for a Latino is in the womb."( Valle says she thinks it's interesting that the billboard uses only the male "Latino," when Spanish uses either an 'a' or an 'o' to differentiate gender.) 

The billboards share the "same vein" as another recent anti-choice campaign that targeted African American women, Valle says.

"This is the second rolling out of the same message. We're taking a strong stance against theses ads. They're completely racist. An attack to one community is an attack to all." 

To Valle, the billboards are a "very politically driven" attempt to "cause a wedge in Latino communities." 

​So, who's behind it?

At the bottom of the billboards is a website: The group, which lists an office in Mexico City on its website, didn't respond to an email interview request.

"This organization is out of Mexico. That's another layer that's touchy," Valle says. "The fact that they're hiding behind a Latino-led organization doesn't make the message any less racist." 

Unidos Por La Vida are the same folks who put on the pro-life event at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena on June 12.  The event touted headliners like Texas Gov. Rick Perry and pro-life activist Lila Rose. Unidos Por La Vida is also affiliated with the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles.

A translated statement from their website reads: "22 percent of all abortions in the United States each year happen among Latina women, and it's 2.7 times more likely that they will have an abortion than a white, non-Hispanic woman, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control." 

Valle takes aim at the attacks on an already "attacked" group. "They're anti-woman. They're anti-immigrant. This ad is just one more place for Latino communities to be attacked." She says her organization, and other like-minded groups, are asking whoever thought up the idea, and the billboard companies themselves, to take them down.

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