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Jilted Ex-Boyfriend Puts up Abortion Billboard

June 7, 2011 by Brett Wilkins in Civil Liberties with 0 Comments

A New Mexico man whose ex-girlfriend allegedly had an abortion against his wishes has rented an ad on a billboard venting his frustration. The Associated Press reports that 35-year-old Greg Fultz of Alamogordo rented the billboard along the city’s main street. It shows a photo of Fultz holding the outline of his would-be child, with text reading: THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN A PICTURE OF MY 2-MONTH-OLD BABY IF THE MOTHER HAD DECIDED TO NOT KILL OUR CHILD.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It seems like a pretty douchey thing to do. But Fultz never mentions the ex-girlfriend’s name on the ad, and in a city of 35,500 it is pretty unlikely that people will figure out her identity.

Still, the woman in question is seething mad. She’s suing Fultz for harassment and violation of privacy, and a local court has recommended that the ad be removed. The woman claims she had a miscarriage, not an abortion, but regardless, the issue isn’t the abortion but rather her privacy. She says she is suffering from “severe emotional distress” over the ad.

But Todd Holmes, Fultz’s lawyer, says this is about free speech rights.

“As distasteful and offensive as the sign may be to some, for over 200 years in this country the First Amendment protects distasteful and offensive speech,” Holmes told the Associated Press.

Holmes points to the recent US Supreme Court decision that determined that Westboro Baptist Church, infamous for their “God Hates Fags” picketing of the funerals of US service members killed in combat, could continue their despicable protests because they were free speech exercises.

“Very unpopular offensive speech. The Supreme Court, in an 8-1 decision, said that  is protected speech,” Holmes told the Alamogordo Daily News.

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