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Ohio Billboard Campaign Aims To End Stigma; New Orleans Reviews Banner Policy Amid Opposition to Antiabortion-Rights Signs

A Cleveland abortion clinic is using billboards and bus shelter ads to help end abortion stigma, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

The clinic, Preterm, in 2011 launched the "My Abortion. My Life." campaign to help women share abortion stories online. The campaign gathers submissions from Cleveland residents, as well as people across the United States and the world. According to the Plain Dealer, participants have shared about 200 stories.

In early January, Preterm began posting the phrase "My Abortion. My Life." on signage throughout Cleveland in order to encourage residents to be more open to discussing abortion stories. Over the next six months, four billboards will be placed at different areas in Cuyahoga County. Preterm will host a reading of participants' abortion stories on Jan. 25.

Nancy Starner, spokesperson for Preterm, said, "It change[s] the public conversation on abortion and helps move the ... conversation away from a debate and toward experiences that women and families go through" (Kilpatrick, Cleveland Plain Dealer, 1/14).

New Orleans Reconsiders Banner Policy Amid Concern Over Antiabortion-Rights Signs

In related news, New Orleans officials will consider the city's policy about the kinds of banners that may be hung on city-owned lampposts following concern about the city's decision to allow the Louisiana Right to Life Federation to hang banners with antiabortion-rights imagery, the Baton Rouge Advocate reports.

City policies allow "community awareness" banners to be posted on city lampposts. The rules prohibit banners that have a commercial purpose or directly advocate for a specific ballot measure or candidate.

City officials said they did not consider the antiabortion-rights banners political when they were approved because they were not related to a particular election. However, City Council members Stacy Head (D) and LaToya Cantrell (D) questioned whether such banners should be permitted to stay in place. In addition, an online petition seeking the removal of the banners garnered more than 19,500 signatures.

On Wednesday, Mayor Mitch Landrieu's (D) administration said it will halt approval of new banners "for a review and evaluation period," which is expected to last one to two months. The antiabortion-rights banners will remain posted until their originally scheduled removal date at the end of January (Adelson, Baton Rouge Advocate, 1/13).