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.

 nwtreehugger  

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I think that a person who puts up a billboard as Fultz did (regardless of gender), which publicly names the person with whom he/she had sexual intercourse and bad outcomes, has problems which go beyond the physical.

Jabberwocka

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From some of the other articles I read about this story, this guy was exhibiting stalking behavior as well.
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I don't recall all the details from a week ago--but my impression was that Fultz was whacko.

I also have a vague recollection that one of the right-to-life groups which had backed him, withdrew support when it learned more details about his relationship with the woman--but can't say for sure. The hardcopy went off to the recyclers on Monday and the Journal's online site is horrible. IF you can find the story, usually there's a fee to pay for viewing it in its entirety.

Just the fact of putting up the billboard would be enough to make me leery of being in Fultz's proximity.

Jabberwocka

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Knock me over with a feather.

Jabberwocka

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Thu, 06-09-2011 - 10:03pm
Yes, I had read that, too. It's funny when an anti-choice group doesn't want anything to do with this creep.
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Fri, 06-10-2011 - 10:22am
Honestly, he's the one who initially 'sensationlized' this. By putting up the billboard in the middle of town, he's pretty much guaranteeing a sensation. The media, of course, took it & ran with it...that's, sadly, what they do.

Gotta agree with you - she's obviously smart enough NOT to marry the guy! I wonder if he'll ever get a date again? LOL! He'll have to move first! ;)

 nwtreehugger  

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Fri, 06-10-2011 - 10:25am
It sounded to me like this wasn't the cause of the breakup in the first place. It sounds like she dumped him & now he's tried to exact revenge...

 nwtreehugger  

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I agree that the billboard wasn't likely the cause. Just pointing out that if he thought there was a chance of reconciliation, he was likely to be dead wrong.

"Exact revenge"? Yeah, that seems to be his motivation and apparently New Mexico right to life groups thought so too or had other major reasons for withdrawing their support.

Something very weird and scary about Fultz.

Jabberwocka

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Sat, 06-11-2011 - 11:16am
ITA! Maybe everyone should be grateful that he brought this scrutiny on himself...might have kept a creepy perv from stalking the area!

 nwtreehugger  

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1) He's a classless jerk 2) to me her medical decidions are between her & her DR & none of his f'ing business (BTW she bite the bollet by not being married to such jerk) 3) I hope she takes him to court & cleans his clock.

I lost a cousin to a illegal before WA past our legal abortion in '70. I'm ver Pro-choice, always have been & always will be.
~~Sam stitches well with others, runs with scissors in her pocket. Cheerful and stupid.