Jilted ex-boyfriend puts up abortion billboard

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Thu, 06-09-2011 - 1:31pm
Jilted ex-boyfriend puts up abortion billboard A New Mexico man's decision to lash out with a billboard ad saying his ex-girlfriend had an abortion against his wishes has touched off a legal debate over free speech and privacy rights. The Associated Press http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2015247014_apusabortionbillboard.html?prmid=obinsite ALAMOGORDO, N.M. — A New Mexico man's decision to lash out with a billboard ad saying his ex-girlfriend had an abortion against his wishes has touched off a legal debate over free speech and privacy rights. The sign on Alamogordo's main thoroughfare shows 35-year-old Greg Fultz holding the outline of an infant. The text reads, "This Would Have Been A Picture Of My 2-Month Old Baby If The Mother Had Decided To Not KILL Our Child!" Fultz's ex-girlfriend has taken him to court for harassment and violation of privacy. A domestic court official has recommended the billboard be removed. But Fultz's attorney argues the order violates his client's 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," Todd Holmes said. The woman's friends say she had a miscarriage, not an abortion, according to a report in the Albuquerque Journal. Holmes disputes that, saying his case is based on the accuracy of his client's statement. "My argument is: What Fultz said is the truth," Holmes said. The woman's lawyer said she had not discussed the pregnancy with her client. But for Ellen Jessen, whether her client had a miscarriage or an abortion is not the point. The central issue is her client's privacy and the fact that the billboard has caused severe emotional distress, Jessen said. "Her private life is not a matter of public interest," she told the Alamogordo Daily News. Jessen says her client's ex-boyfriend has crossed the line. "Nobody is stopping him from talking about father's rights. ... but a person can't invade someone's private life." For his part, Holmes invoked the U.S. Supreme Court decision from earlier this year concerning the Westboro Baptist Church, which is known for its anti-gay protests at military funerals and other high-profile events. He believes the high court's decision to allow the protests, as hurtful as they are, is grounds for his client to put up the abortion billboard. "Very unpopular offensive speech," he told the Alamogordo Daily News. "The Supreme Court, in an 8 to 1 decision, said that is protected speech." Holmes says he is going to fight the order to remove the billboard through a District Court appeal.

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Registered: 06-07-2011
I don't see how any privacy was violated. No names were used. For all we know, this guy could have had many girlfriends. This is yet another problem of having sex outside of marriage.

Had this guy waited until he found the right woman and they loved each other enough to get married, he would not be in this position. If you are having sex with someone you don't really want a child with or you are not ready to marry, you are putting yourself in a dangerous position with possibly bad consequences and probably shouldn't be having sex with that person.

There is no birth control that is 100 percent effective.
You would think that in this day and age, people would be smarter than that. Guess not.
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It's not true that no names were used. The lout who put up the billboard also set up a faux organization, prominently featured for a time on that billboard, which, just by chance of course, shares its acronym with the name of his ex-girlfriend.

As far as "having sex outside marriage", no--this is about a woman's privacy. The situation could just as easily have taken place within the bonds of marriage.

Jabberwocka

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Well, I am not able to tell from the billboard who he is talking about. But, I am sure that with all the media attention this is getting, the media will surely blab who the woman is. It's just a matter of time.
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Privacy was violated because on the original billboard and the name of the organization he made up, he called it N.A.N.I. which was the girl's name.
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I live in New Mexico. The Albuquerque Journal has printed her name and covered the story of the "coincidentally" identical acronym and ex-girlfriend's name.

Jabberwocka

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A boyfriend scorned...oops.

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So, it sounds to me like the Albuquerque Journal violated her privacy too.
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I had not thought about it in those terms but you're right.

Jabberwocka

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I wonder how it would go, if it were a billboard of a woman holding a chalk outline of a baby, with the statement

"This would be a real baby if my unfaithful,



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Good turnabout! Thumbs up. /sarcasm on But of course, *he's* the "injured party" here, even though *he* would not be forced to carry a child for 9 months against his will, and take all the physical risks. /sarcasm off Eyeroll. Why would she want to have this jerk's offspring, if he can act this way?! Good thing she isn't married to the loser! :O I also agree the media was guilty of typical sensationalizing. But why would we expect anything else from the media these days? :|


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