*The mother of a little girl who appears in a huge pro-life billboard in New York City is demanding that the image be taken down after discovering the group used her daughter’s image to target African Americans.
The billboard, which appears in the SoHo district in Manhattan, is sparking controversy for its message: “The Most Dangerous Place for an African American is in the Womb.”
Tricia Fraser, whose 6-year-old daughter appears in the ad, is outraged and speaking out to explain how this happened.
She signed her kids up with a modeling agency two years ago and had their pictures taken — but she also signed a release form allowing the company to sell the images as a stock photo. Next thing she knew, Anissa had become the face of an anti-abortion campaign targeting African American mothers and Planned Parenthood.
“I would never endorse something like that,” Fraser told WNYW of the billboard, sponsored by Texas-based group Life Always. “Especially with my child’s image.”
“It‘s bad enough you’re saying this about African Americans, but then you put a child with an innocent face,” she added. “I just want the image off of it. Use another image — just not hers.
Defending its actions, Life Always told WNYW: “The image was properly licensed through a reputable stock image service. We’ll be looking into the origin of the image and are certainly open to talking to the family directly if they have any concerns.”
Watch WNYW’s report below.