Where do I begin with what is wrong with this ad?
The fact that a dad was surprised that he got someone pregnant, for one.
The fact that this suggests a cute baby is all women need to convince them that they should accept and embrace any surprise pregnancy, for two.
That the fact a potential baby has a heartbeat is supposed to sway an actual human that she shouldn’t have an abortion, for another.
But really, the fact that this has been up and prominent on my commute route home for at least two months and it hasn’t been defaced, is what really bums me out. I’m not saying that y’all should go out and mess it up. But if there was a movement to turn the tide against this kind of anti-woman garbage, that might have happened.
We have a lot of work to do to de-stigmatize abortion. These kinds of billboards show us our work is cut out for us. We desperately need a movement in the streets that proclaims that whatever the reason a person wants to terminate a pregnancy is ok.
Only a pregnant person can know if it’s right to continue a pregnancy, whether it was a surprise (for her or the sperm donor) or not. I look forward to the day such messages of reproductive freedom are found publicly and beautifully in public spaces, paid and not.