NEW YORK - (AP) - An outdoor advertising company has taken down aNew York City anti-abortion billboard that showed a black girlalong with the tagline, "The most dangerous place for anAfrican-American is in the womb."

A manager for Louisiana-based Lamar Advertising confirmedThursday the company had decided to take down the billboard. Someblack residents said they found it offensive.

The Rev. Al Sharpton praised the decision and canceled plans toprotest the billboard.

The billboard was placed in a busy Manhattan neighborhood by thegroup Life Always as part of a national campaign tied to BlackHistory Month. The group says its message highlights PlannedParenthood's "targeting of minority neighborhoods."

Planned Parenthood called the advertisement a "condescendingeffort to stigmatize and shame African-American women."

The billboard was gone by early Friday.

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